Sanfrecce Hiroshima – Shimizu S-Pulse:
This one should be an interesting match and I expect to see an open and fast-paced game with chances at both ends. Hiroshima didnt look particularly good in the ACL match vs Chiangrai midweek though, and had to go through PK’s in order to win it but we should be a totally different approach to their league-games.
Shimizu were one of the most entertaining teams in the league last year, and there should be goals a plenty in their matches this season too. However, their ace striker Douglas is linked to China which will be a major blow to them but they still got a decent squad.
This is a much more open game that what last year’s league positions should indicate, and I wouldn’t rule out Shimizu causing an upset here. I expect goals.
Expected Starting Lineup Hiroshima:
2Nogami – 5Yoshino* – 19Sasaki
3Salomonsson – 17Matsumoto* – 40Kawabe – 18Kashiwa(I)
7Notsuda – 30Shibasaki
GK Hayashi (R)
DF Mizumoto (R)
MF Inagaki (S/R)
MF Aoyama (I)
Expected Starting Lineup Shimizu:
2Tatsuta* – 3Hwang Seok Ho – 33Wanderson
18Elsinho(I) – 17Kawai(I) – 6Takeuchi – 25Matsubara
30Kaneko – 20Nakamura
MF Nishimura (S/R)
Prediction: 2-1 or 1-2
In my opinion Hiroshima have been made too big favorites here so I fancy Shimizu +0,5 @ 1,83 (10 units). I also think we’ll see goals, and find decent value on Over 2,25 @ 1,74 (10 units).