J1 R1 – Vegalta vs Urawa Preview

Vegalta Sendai – Urawa Reds:

I don’t have high expectations from Vegalta this year, and think they have a very difficult season ahead of them.   On paper they shouln’t be a match to an opponent like Urawa, but the first match of the season is always hard to predict.

I didn’t like what I saw from Urawa though in the Xerox Super Cup Final vs Kawasaki last weekend which they lost 0-1, and what was most alarming was their failure to put any real pressure on Kawasaki’s defence.  Still, they will meet a completely different team here, and we’ll see a very different approach to the game from them as this is a game they are expected to dominate.

Vegalta were very over at home last year, and conceded almost 2 goals on average. That number lies a bit though as they conceded 8 goals in a single game (vs Marinos).  Urawa averaged 2.71 away so if last year’s number are anything to go by we should see some goals here and I expect all 3 points to end up with the away-team.

Expected Starting Lineup Vegalta:
13Hiraoka – 27Oiwa (I) – 2Nagato

4Hachisuka– 6Hyodo* –17Tomita –7Sekiguchi
9Ramon Lopes – 11Ishihara(I)

MF Tsuihashi (R)

Team Strength:


Expected Starting Lineup Urawa:
31Iwanami – 2Mauricio – 5Makino(I)
3Ugajin – 8Ewerton – 6Yamanaka
7Nagasawa – 10Kashiwagi(I)
30Koroki (I) – 9Muto

FW Fabricio (S/R)

Team Strength:


Prediction: 0-1 or 1-2

Odds Info:

The odds on the Totals looks correctly priced,  but I find good value on Urawa -0,25 @ 1,81 (30 units) which is the biggest pre-game bet for me this round.


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