J.League 1 R17 – Kobe vs Shonan Preview

Vissel Kobe – Shonan Bellmare:

Kobe have been in great form lately with 3 straight wins and no goals conceded. It’s not a coincidence that this increase in form happened at the exact same time as Podolski got injured, and the team just seem to work better without him.

Of course, now they have signed Iniesta as well who will start on the bench here, and it will be interesting to see if he’s able to adapt to his team-mates better than Podolski have.

Either way, I don’t see any reason for why their good run will stop here, and they should win this one fairly comfortable. Also got some value on the Over 2,5 as Shonan are very over away with an average of 2,81 while Kobe are 2,98 at home.

Expected Starting Lineup Kobe:
18Kim (I)
6Takahashi – 3Watanabe – Kobayashi –  30Theerathorn
21Tanaka – 14Fujita – 35Yasui* – 33Otsuki
19Watanabe – 17Wellington*

MF Mita (R)
FW Podolski (I/K)

Team Strength:


Shonan Expected Starting Lineup:
4Andre Bahia(I) – 20Saka –  29Sugioka
11Takahashi – 6Ishikawa – 10Akino – 39Okamoto
18Matsuda*– 2Kikuchi(I)

FW Lee (R)

Team Strength:

Prediction: 3-0 or 3-1

Kobe -0,5 @1,86 (10 units)
Over 2,5 @ 1,90 (20 units)

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