J.League 1 R8 – Cerezo vs Tokyo Preview

Cerezo Osaka – FC Tokyo:

Cerezo are improving and now got 3 straight wins which takes them all the way up to 4th place on the table after a rather poor start.  They are not setting the league on fire with how they play though and still doesn’t seem to play up to their full potential. Good news is that Kiyotake is back from injury as he made an appearance off the bench last round.

Tokyo have also found their form with 4 straight wins and they have scored 11 goals in their last 4 matches which makes them the highest scoring team in the league. Few would have thought that a few rounds ago, as Tokyo have had a habit of being the most boring team to watch in the league for a few seasons now.

I think we could easily see some goals in this one too, probably on both ends but the odds seems more or less correct. Have a pref on Cerezo but no point betting against the form team no.1 in the league so no bets for me in this game.

Cerezo Expected Starting Lineup:
4-4-2:
21Kim
2Matsuda – 22Jonjic – 15Kimoto – 14Maruhashi
7Mizunuma – 6Yamaguchi (I) – 43Osmar* – 13Takagi*
8Kakitani (K) – 9Sugimoto

Injuries/Suspension:
DF Tanaka (S/R)
DF Fujimoto (S/R)
MF Akiyama (S/R)
MF Souza (R/I)
FW Sawakami (S/R)

Bench:
MF Kiyotake (K)

Team Strength:
92%

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Expected Starting Lineup Tokyo:
4-4-2:
33Hayashi
2Muroya – 5Maruyama – 48Jang Hyun-Soo – 25Ogawa
38Higashi – 18Hashimoto – 8Takahagi- 39Omori
9Diego Oliveira(I) – 11Nagai

Injuries/Suspension:
DF Morishige (I)

Team Strength:
93%

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Prediction: 2-1

Bets:
None

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