J1 R1 – Cerezo vs Kobe Preview

Cerezo Osaka – Vissel Kobe:

Neither Cerezo or Kobe have the best results to show from in the friendly matches leading up to this season-opener, with Cerezo losing against both Marinos and J2-side Renofa Yamaguchi over the last few weeks and Kobe losing 1-4 against Los Angeles FC at the start of this month.  But how a team performs in friendlies doesn’t necessarily always have an impact on how they do in the league, so we shouldn’t read too much into those results.

Both teams got a new manager, and it will interesting to follow these teams as they both got a huge potential with lots of quality players.  Despite the big names at Kobe, I rate Cerezo as a slightly better team and have them as a small favorite, especially considering the home-advantage.  With it being a season opener it’s a difficult match to predict though, and both teams might be very cautious in the beginning here.

Cerezo Expected Starting Lineup:

4-2-3-1:
21Kim
2Matsuda –22Jonjic –3Kimoto – 14Maruhashi
5Fujita – 25Okuno*
7Mizunuma* – 11Souza –– 10Kiyotake(K)
Kakitani (I)


Injuries/Suspension:


Bench:
MF Desabato (R)
FW Tokura (K)

Team Strength:
94%

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Expected Starting Lineup Kobe:

4-3-3:
1Maekawa
22Nishi – 3Watanabe – 25Osaki – 19Hatsuse
14Mita – 5Yamaguchi – 27 Goke
8Iniesta(K) –7 Villa – 10Podolski(I)

Injuries/Suspension:
MF Masuyama (S/R)

Bench:
DF Dankler (R)

Team Strength:
100%

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Prediction: 2-1 or 1-1

Odds Info:
At the time of writing the odds on both the HCP and the Total seems spot-on, so at this point I don’t see any recommended bets to take.

Edit: The odds have moved on Kobe, so Cerezo DNB @ 1,94 (10 units) looks like a decent bet to me.

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