J.League 1 R22 – Kobe vs Hiroshima Preview

Vissel Kobe – Sanfrecce Hiroshima:

Last match was the first where both Podolski and Iniesta played for Kobe, and it gave immediate result as the 2 combined beautifully to set up the first goal of the match, which they won 2-1 in the end.  OF course, it’s too early to draw any conclusions, but I expect this Kobe-side to be a very tough team to beat from now on.

Hiroshima are still in 1st place and got a very impressive 8-1-1 away so far but they only got 2 wins on their last 5 matches and have shown signs of weaknesses lately.  I think they could be in for a struggle here, and have good value on both the HCP and 1×2 on Kobe, as well as the over.

In terms of team-news both teams are at full-strength.

Expected Starting Lineup Kobe:
18Kim (I)
24Mihara – 3Watanabe – 25Osaki –  30Theerathorn
27Goke– 14Fujita – 8Iniesta(K)
Podolski(I) – 17Wellington – 15Furuhashi


Team Strength:


Expected Starting Lineup Hiroshima:
33Wada – 4Mizumoto – 5Chiba – 19Sasaki
30Shibasaki – 6Aoyama –15Inagaki – 18Kashiwa
31Teerasil – 39Patrick

MF Kawamura (S/R)
MF Morishima (S/R)

Team Strength:


Prediction: 2-1 or 1-2

Kobe DNB @ 2,08 (30 units)
Over 2,5 @ 1,92 (20 units)
Kobe 1×2 @ 2,83 (20 units)

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