V-Varen Nagasaki – Gamba Osaka:
Nagasaki got their first win of the season last round away against Shimizu, which was quite impressive and also unexpected. They fought hard and managed to keep Shimizu from getting to too many chances. I still see them as the by far weakest team in the league though and those wins will be far and between I think.
Gamba also got their first win last round and they hope that will be a turning point to their season. They got some bad news with ace striker Nagasawa out with an injury and as they are already missing another FW in Ademilson they are only left with Hwang as a pure striker. He’s not a bad player, but they lack experience and strength up front now for sure.
Still, they should be considered a favorite here and I expect them to get away with all 3 points. Odds on both HCP and Totals seems spot-on though so no bets.
Nagasaki Expected Starting Lineup:
32Tokunaga –5Tagami – 39Choi
3Iio – 17Nakahara– 10Kurogi- 28Onaga
19Sawada – 11Suzuki
DF Takasugi (R)
MF Usui (R)
Expected Starting Lineup Gamba:
14Yonekura– 3Fabio – 5Miura – 6Hatsuse*
8Mateus – 7Endo(I)
24Ide* – 10Kurata – 40Meshino*
DF Fujiharu (R)
MF Ichimaru (S/R)
MF Senoo (S/R)
FW Ademilson (R)
FW Nagasawa (R/I)
Prediction: 0-2 or 1-2