Nagoya Grampus – Vegalta Sendai:
Nagoya’s in a bit of a rut with 3 straight defeats and they are not playing as good as they did earlier in the season. To make things worse their playmaker Gabriel Xavier is also sidelined which is a big blow.
Vegalta suffered their first loss of the season last round away against Urawa so their luck might be about to change now. They’ve played well and showed a very strong fighting-spirit so far and could have gotten away with something vs Urawa too with a bit more luck.
But I don’t agree that they should be considered favorites away against Nagoya, so I find very good value on the +0,25 line on Nagoya here as I think they will atleast avoid defeat despite their poor form.
Nagoya Expected Starting Lineup:
6Miyahara –3Kushibiki*– 41Sugahara – 14Akiyama
29Izumi – 4Y.Kobayashi – 9Hasegawa
23Aoki – 7Jo (K) -11Sato*
FW Matsumoto (S)
FW Gabriel Xavier (K)
DF Rocha (R)
Expected Starting Lineup Vegalta:
13Hiraoka – 27Oiwa (I) –34Tsuihashi*
4Hachisuka– 17Tomita(I) –16Notsuda – 23Nakano
30Nishimura* – 19Germain*
DF Itakura (R)
MF Okuno (R)
MF Shoji (S/R)
FW Rafaelson (S/R)
FW Abe (R)
Prediction: 2-1 or 1-1
Nagoya +0,25 @ 2,03 (25 units)