J.League 1 R18 – Sagan vs Iwata Preview

Sagan Tosu – Jubilo Iwata: Sagan are scoring very little goals at the moment but have improved on their form compared to earlier in the season. They lost 0-1 at home vs Vegalta last round but had a good spell prior to that. Since then they have signed another striker in the highly rated Kanazaki…

J.League 1 R18 – Hiroshima vs Urawa Preview

Sanfrecce Hiroshima – Urawa Reds: Hiroshima keeps doing well, but their good run will come to an end sooner or later I think and against a tough team like Urawa here they could easily struggle. Especially since Urawa are playing with little pressure at the moment. The under 2,5 line also looks interesting with Hiroshima…

J.League 1 R18 – Kobe vs Reysol Preview

Vissel Kobe – Kashiwa Reysol: Both Kobe and Reysol are 2 offensive-minded teams, and Kobe averages 3,25 at home so far this season while Reysol are 3,50 away so the over 2,5 looks great here. It’s my biggest bet of the round, and I expect Kobe’s attack to get a boost with Iniesta expected to…

J.League 1 R18 – Gamba vs Kashima Preview

Gamba Osaka – Kashima Antlers: Gamba still takes the majority of their points at home, but suffered a narrow loss last round vs Shimizu. They have fired their coach since then, and chances are the new man in charge Tsuneyasu Miyamoto will give them a boost here. Kashima got 2 good wins in a row…

J.League 1 R18 – Vegalta vs Cerezo Preview

Vegalta Sendai – Cerezo Osaka: Vegalta got 3 straight away-wins, but have been really poor at home lately where they are without a win in 5 matches. They were to beat Sagan away last round as well, so I don’t really rate them too highly at the moment. Cerezo have not been firing on all…

J.League 1 R17 – Sagan vs Vegalta Preview

Sagan Tosu – Vegalta Sendai: Sagan are unbeaten on 4 matches now, but the last 3 all ended a draw. Still, they had 7 defeats in a row prior to that, so they seem to have turned around their bad streak.  Big things are expected from Sagan’s new striker Fernando Torres here, and although he…

J.League 1 R17 – Cerezo vs Urawa Preview

Cerezo Osaka – Urawa Reds: Cerezo looked poor last round when they lost 0-3 away vs Shimizu, and are in need of 3 points again here in order to get back in the race for a top 3 finish.  They are without Kiyotake and Kakitani here, who are arguably their 2 most influential players so…

J.League 1 R17 – Gamba vs Shimizu Preview

Gamba Osaka – Shimizu S-Pulse: Gamba aren’t showing much when they are playing away, like when they lost 0-4  couple of days ago vs Hiroshima. At home however, they have been quite good lately with 4-1-0 on their last 5, and I don’t see why that shouldn’t continue here as well. Shimizu have lost 4…

J.League 1 R17 – Kawasaki vs Nagasaki Preview

Kawasaki Frontale – V-Varen Nagasaki: Kawasaki have looked pretty good in their last couple of matches and got 3 straight wins. They are also at full-strength, so I can’t see Nagasaki having any chance of points here. Unfortunately odds on both the total and handicap looks spot-on, so no bets. Kawasaki Expected Starting Lineup: 4-2-3-1:…

J.League 1 R17 – Tokyo vs Marinos Preview

FC Tokyo – Yokohama F Marinos: This is probably the most difficult game to predict this round, as it can go either way. Marinos are on fire lately with 13 goals scored in their last 2 matches, while Tokyo have now kept a clean sheet for 5 matches in a row.    I prefer Marinos, but…

J.League 1 R17 – Consadole vs Iwata Preview

Consadole Sapporo – Jubilo Iwata: Consadole lost last round vs Kawasaki at home, but it was an evenly contested match that could easily have gone both ways. For this match they get back Miyazawa and Miyoshi, two of their most influential players and I think they got a very good chance of getting back on…

J.League 1 R17 – Kashima vs Reysol Preview

Kashima Antlers – Kashiwa Reysol: The squad Kashima fielded vs Iwata last round is one of the weakest lineups I have ever seen from that side, and they will field more or less the same team here.  Key-players like Shoji and Kanazaki are left out of the lineup, while Ueda and Pedro Junior have been…