J1 R1 – Sagan vs Nagoya Preview

Sagan Tosu – Nagoya Grampus:

This is a game with lots of potential for goals, and it could easily be the most entertaining match of the round.  I expect to see a much more offensive minded Sagan-side this year, and the arrival of Cuenca should add a lot to their attack. Their best GK Gonda is about to be sold too and we all know how Nagoya are, so I’ll be surprised if we don’t see goals on both ends in this game.

Sagan are a typical strong home-team ( 8 out of their 10 wins came at home last season), but only 2 teams won more away-matches than Nagoya last year. So its a match that can go both ways, but I have Nagoya as the better team and think they can get away with at least a point.

Expected Starting Lineup Sagan:
4-3-3:
1Okubo*
22Hara – 3Yu.Takahashi – 5Galovic(I) – 24Anzai
36Yo.Takahashi – 14Hi.Takahashi – 4Harakawa
7Cuenca(I) – 9Torres(K) – 44Kanazaki

Injuries/Suspension:
GK Gonda(I)
MF Ishikawa (S/R)

Team Strength:
94%

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Nagoya Expected Starting Lineup:
4-4-2:
1Langerak
23Yoshida – 17Maruyama – 5Chiba – 6Miyahara
25Maeda – 2Yonemoto –8Simic– 11Mateus
10Gabriel Xavier (K) – 7Jo(K)


Injuries/Suspension:
MF Aoki (S/R)

Team Strength:
99%

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Prediction: 2-2 or 1-2

Odds Info:
I actually have the visitors as favorites here so Nagoya +0,25 @ 1,87 (10 units) looks interesting, and the Over 2,25 @ 1,81 (10 units) likewise.

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