Kashima Antlers – Nagoya Grampus:
Kashima are in poor form and have lost 3 out of their last 5 league-matches. They have been playing poorly too with 2 deserved losses in a row against Shonan and Tokyo as well as the disappointing performance in the 0-0 draw at home vs Consadole. They’ve struggled with injuries and a tough schedule lately and are still missing quite a few players although it isn’t as bad as last week.
Nagoya is also really out of it with 4 straight losses, but if we take away the 0-3 loss away against Consadole 2 rounds ago they haven’t been playing all that badly. Their defending leaves a lot to be desired, but Kashima hasn’t exactly been lethal in attack so far this season.
It’s a difficult match and as always with Nagoya we could be in for a goal-fest, but with their playmaker Gabriel still out as well as Kashima’s poor goalscoring form I find good value on the under and is backing the Under 3 with a medium bet. Odds is also way too low on Kashima, and although I don’t really fancy Nagoya here the odds on them are good.
Expected Starting Lineup Kashima:
23Ito – 5Ueda – 3Shoji – 23Oda*
11Leandro – 20Misao – 40Ogasawara – 13Nakamura*
10Kanazaki(I) – 8Doi*
DF Uchida (R)
DF Anzai (S/R)
DF Yamamoto (S/R)
AM Endo (R)
FW Pedro Junior (R)
FW Abe (S/R)
Nagoya Expected Starting Lineup:
6Miyahara –3Kushibiki– 41Sugahara – 14Akiyama
8Washington – 4Y.Kobayashi – 9Hasegawa
23Aoki – 7Jo (K) – 29Izumi*
FW Matsumoto (S)
FW Gabriel Xavier (K)
Prediction: 2-0 or 2-1
Under 3 @ 1,85 (20 units)
Nagoya 1×2 @ 7,50 (10 units)