Vissel Kobe – Kashima Antlers:
5 straight defeats for Kobe in all competions, and they are now out of the race for a top 4 finish. They’ve looked really poor defensively and have conceded 14 goals in 5 matches.
Kashima on the other hand are on a roll with 5 straight wins. They won both matches in ACL, and also beat Hiroshima in the cup midweek and are in 4th place in the league so it looks like they are heading for a pretty good season afterall.
I got a pref on Kashima here purely based on form, but they have had a tough schedule lately that might affect them though. Either way I expect goals, but odds are spot-on so no pre-game bets.
Expected Starting Lineup Kobe:
34Fujitani –5Yasser– 25Osaki – 30Theerathorn
7Mita– 14Fujita – 8Iniesta(K)
16Furuhashi – 17Wellington – 33Otsuki*
DF Takahashi (S/R)
MF Masuyama (S/R)
MF Iniesta (K)
Kashima Expected Starting Lineup:
1Kwoun Sun Tae
22Nishi– 28Machida – 5Jung – 32Anzai
25Endo – 20Misao – 6Nagaki – 30Abe
8Doi* – 18Serginho
DF Oda (S/R)
DF Shoji (I)
DF Ito (S/R)
AM Leandro (R/I)
Prediction: 1-2 or 2-2