J.League 1 R3 – Kawasaki – Gamba Preview

Kawasaki Frontale – Gamba Osaka:

Kawasaki have looked pretty good so far but had to settle for a 1-1 draw vs local rivals Shonan last round at home which was a bit disappointing. They also conceded a late equalizer at home vs Melbourne Victory in the ACL midweek which means they are still without a win in Asia.

Gamba fielded a close to full-strength squad in their cup-game vs Nagoya midweek, but still lost 0-4 at  home vs a bunch of 2nd string players.   To make matters worse some of their players picked up some injuries there and they are fielding a pretty weakened squad here.  Their manager Culpi probably have some tricks up his sleeves and we shouldn’t underestimate them although they are likely to struggle here. Still, there is value on them and worth a small shot on a 1×2 bet.

Kawasaki Expected Starting Lineup:
4-2-3-1:
30Arai*
18Elsinho (I) – 23Eduardo – 5Taniguchi – 7Kurumaya
10Oshima – 21Eduardo Neto
11Kobayashi(I) – 14Nakamura (I) – 41Ienaga (K)
4Okubo

Injuries/Suspension:
GK Jung (R)
AM Saito (R/I)

Team Strength:
89%

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Expected Starting Lineup Gamba:
4-2-3-1:
1Higashiguchi
14Yonekura* – 3Fabio – 5Miura – 4Fujiharu
17Ichimaru* – 34Fukuda*
11Hwang – 21Yajima* – 24Ide*
20Nagasawa

Injuries/Suspension:
DF Oh (R)
MF Konno (R)

MF Fujimoto (S/R)
AM Kurata (R/I)
AM Endo (I)
FW Ademilson (R)

Team Strength:
79%

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Prediction:  2-1 or 3-1

Bets: Gamba 1×2 @ 6,00 (5 units)

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