J.League 1 R5 – Kawasaki vs Hiroshima Preview

Kawasaki Frontale – Sanfrecce Hiroshima:

Both Kawasaki and Hiroshima got 10 points so far after 4 matches but it’s no doubt that it is Kawasaki that have looked the better side among them so far.  They’ve recorded some emphatic wins and completely dominated both Iwata and Gamba.

That’s not saying Hiroshima hasn’t done well either, and their narrow wins against tough teams like Urawa and Kashima were particularly impressive. They have never really dominated though, and could easily have dropped points or even lost all their matches so far according to play and chances.

So it should be a big quality in difference here and I don’t expect Hiroshima’s good run to continue for much longer. A home-win seems very likely, but odds is spot-on so no bets.

Kawasaki Expected Starting Lineup:
18Elsinho (I)  – 5Taniguchi – 7Kurumaya – 2Noborizato
19Moriya* – 21Eduardo Neto
8Abe – 14Nakamura (I) – 41Ienaga (K)

AM Saito (R/I)
MF Oshima (R)

Team Strength:


Expected Starting Lineup Hiroshima:
33Wada – 4Mizumoto – 2Nogami* – 19Sasaki*
30Shibasaki – 6Aoyama (K) – 15Inagaki – 18Kashiwa
39Patrick – 9Kudo

DF Chiba (R)
DF Takahashi (R)

Team Strength:



Prediction: 2-0 or 2-1



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