Urawa Reds – Shimizu S-Pulse:
Urawa are back on track with 2 straight wins and it seems the change of manager have had a good effect so far. They are still not playing up to their full potential but confidence is back in the team and I expect them to continue to do well here. They are rotating a lot and also experimenting with different formations but the core players remains the same.
Shimizu are off the pace now with only 0-2-2 on their last 4 matches and they are struggling to score goals. They looked good on counter-attacks early on in the season but that haven’t really worked for them lately. They might do better here against a Urawa-side who likes to play with a high back-line but I still doubt they will get away with anything.
Urawa got 6-2-0 vs Shimizu on the last 8 meetings between them, and I find no reason why that run is not going to continue here as well. There’s some slight value in the -0,75 line for me.
Expected Starting Lineup Urawa:
6Endo -2Mauricio – 5Makino(I)
14Hirakawa – 22Abe – 16Aoki – 26Ogiwara*
30Koroki (I) – 9Muto
DF Ugajin (R)
Expected Starting Lineup Shimizu:
28Tatsuta – 3Hwang Seok Ho – 4Freire – 25Matsubara
30Kaneko – 17Kawai(I) – 6Takeuchi – 29Ishige
20Crislan – 19Duke
DF Kamata (S/R)
DF Noda (S/R)
DF Ito (S/R)
MF Mizutani (S)
MF Musaka (S/R)
Prediction: 2-0 or 3-0
Urawa -0,75 @ 1,92 (10 units)