J1 R2 – Hiroshima vs Iwata Preview

Sanfrecce Hiroshima – Jubilo Iwata:

Neither Hiroshima or Iwata had the best start to their season as they could only cling onto a 1-1 draw at home vs a team they were expected to beat. Hiroshima will get another chance at home here to get their winning ways going, and they meet an even weaker team now and should have good chances of 3 points.

I don’t really rate Iwata this season, and they are likely to struggle especially while on the road, so the difference in quality here should tip this match into Hiroshima’s favour. I don’t see it being a particularly high-scoring match as Iwata are expected to approach this game very defensively which they usually do on the road.

Expected Starting Lineup Hiroshima:
3-4-2-1:
38Osako*
2Nogami – 5Yoshino – 19Sasaki
3Salomonsson – 17Matsumoto* – 40Kawabe – 18Kashiwa(I)
7Notsuda – 30Shibasaki
10Patrick(K)

Injuries/Suspension:
GK Hayashi (R)
MF Inagaki (S/R)
MF Aoyama (I)

Team Strength:
92%

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Expected Starting Lineup Iwata:
4-2-3-1:
21Kaminski
14Matsumoto – 25Ominami –  Oi(I) – 41Takahashi
19Yamada – 30Uehara*
15Adailton – 10Nakamura – 11Rodriguez
20Kawamata

Injuries/Suspension:
MF Moriya (S/R)
MF Taguchi (I)

Team Strength:
95%

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Prediction: 1-0 or 2-0

Odds Info:

Odds on the total looks spot-on, and the current odds on Hiroshima are too low to be considered so no bets for me at this time.  Could be good to take Hiroshima live at some point though (-0,25).

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