Jubilo Iwata – Matsumoto Yamaga:
This one is a tricky match. It’s hard to say exactly how good Iwata will be this season, but my initial rating of them is low and I expect them to be heavily involved in the relegation-battle this year. That also goes for newly-promoted Matsumoto so this is probably the most open match this round.
Iwata took most of their points at home last season, but Matsumoto showed good form away from home last year in J2 and only lost twice on their previous 14 away-matches. I think is a match neither of the teams would want to lose, and a close-fought draw with few chances at both ends seems likely.
Expected Starting Lineup Iwata:
5Sakurauchi – 3Oi(I) – 41Takahashi – 6Eren Albayrak
8Musayev – 7Taguchi(I)
11Rodriguez – 10Nakamura – 15Adailton
MF Moriya (S/R)
Matsumoto Yamaga Expected Starting Lineup:
5Imai – 31Hashiuchi – 15Eduardo
47Iwakami(I) – 14Paulinho– 6Fujita(I) – 42Takahashi
8Serginho – 7Maeda
DF Jo (S/R)
FW Yamamoto (S/R)
The odds on both the HCP and Totals is almost exactly the same as my own so no bets here.