J.League 1 R8 – Shonan vs Hiroshima Preview

Shonan Bellmare – Sanfrecce Hiroshima:

Shonan only got 2 wins so far this season but have played fairly well.  They suffered narrow losses vs Tokyo, Cerezo and Consadole ( 3 form-teams), but showed in the 1-1 draw vs Kawasaki and the 2-1 win vs Kashima that they can do well against strong teams too.

Hiroshima continues to impress, and is definitely a team that has to be taken seriously by now. They struggled for a while against Marinos at home last round, but 2 late goals saw them win 3-1 in the end. Their defence have been hugely impressive with only 2 goals conceded so far.

Shonan are unbeaten at home this season, and although it’s dangerous to go against Hiroshima at this point I find some value on the 1×2 on Shonan here.

Shonan Expected Starting Lineup:
3-4-2-1:
1Akimoto
13Yamane – 4Andre Bahia (I) – 8Ono
36Okamoto – 6Ishikawa – 29Sugioka – 11Takahashi
18Matsuda – 23Takayama
9Lee

Injuries/Suspension:
None

Bench:
AM Kikuchi (I)

Team Strength:
98%
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Expected Starting Lineup Hiroshima:
4-4-2:
1Hayashi
33Wada – 4Mizumoto – 2Nogami* – 19Sasaki*
30Shibasaki – 6Aoyama – 15Inagaki – 18Kashiwa
39Patrick – 9Kudo

Injuries/Suspension:
DF Chiba (R)
DF Takahashi (R)
DF Niwa (S/R)

Team Strength:
94%

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Prediciton: 0-1 or 1-1

Bets:
Shonan 1×2 @ 4,20 (10 units)

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