Vissel Kobe – Shimizu S-Pulse:
Kobe got high ambitions and will look to improve on last season’s 9th place. They needed a late goal by Havenaar to avoid defeat away vs Sagan in their season opener so things aren’t going too well yet.
Shimizu on the other hand played a very good game vs Kashima and held them to a 0-0 draw at home. With a bit more luck they would have ended up with all 3 points in that one.
So I don’t think it will be an easy match for Kobe here although I still have them as favorites. Odds seems to be more or less spot-on so there is no value in speculating in an upset-win for Shimizu.
Expected Starting Lineup Kobe:
34Fujitani – 2Nasu – 3Watanabe – 22Hashimoto
8Mita – 24Mihara – 23Matsushita – 19Watanabe(K)
10Podolski (I/K) – 9Havenaar
FW Leandro (R)
Expected Starting Lineup Shimizu:
28Tatsuta – 3Hwang Seok Ho – 4Freire – 25Matsubara
29Ishige – 17Kawai(I) – 6Takeuchi – 30Kaneko
23Kitagawa – 20Crislan
DF Kamata (S/R)
DF Noda (S/R)
MF Mizutani (S)
MF Nishimura (S)
Prediction: 2-0 or 2-1
My Odds: -0,5 @ 2,04 / Over 2,5 @ 1,97
Market Odds: -0,5 @ 2,09 / Over 2,5 @ 2,04