J.League 1 R5 – Shimizu vs Shonan Preview

Shimizu S-Pulse – Shonan Bellmare: Shimizu are yet to win in the league and they have been one of the weakest teams in the league defensively so far with 11 conceded goals in 4 matches. They did well to earn a late draw vs Kobe away last round but truth were they were lucky not…

J.League 1 R5 – Matsumoto vs Kawasaki Preview

Matsumoto Yamaga – Kawasaki Frontale: Matsumoto got 2 straight 0-1 defeats in the league but both were against strong teams so nobody really expected them to take any points in those matches.  They’ve proven a difficult team to score against with just 3 goals against in 4 matches but they are also struggling up front….

J.League 1 R5 – Oita vs Hiroshima Preview

Oita Trinita – Sanfrecce Hiroshima: Oita have been one of the most positive surprises so far in J1 as the newly promoted team have won 3 out of their 4 opening matches. I doubt they will be able to keep that ratio up but they’ve showed they are not a team that should be under-estimated….

J.League 1 R5 – Gamba vs Vissel Preview

Gamba Osaka – Vissel Kobe: This should be an interesting match between 2 entertaining teams and I expect a fast-paced encounter with lots of chances at both ends.   Gamba lost both their home-matches so far against Marinos and Nagoya but are usually a very strong home-team. They’ve scored plenty of goals and their main problem…

J.League 1 R5 – Iwata vs Kashima Preview

Jubilo Iwata – Kashima Antlers: Iwata are yet to win a match this season which is very alarming considering they’ve only met weak teams.  Together with Vegalta Sendai they look like the early favorite for relegation and I will be surprised if they can get away with anything here vs Kashima. Kashima lost the 1st…

J.League 1 R5 – Nagoya vs Consadole Preview

Nagoya Grampus – Consadole Sapporo: Nagoya’s winning streak came to an end last round when they lost 0-1 vs Tokyo away but they put in a decent performance and could just as well have won that game. They will try to bounce back here vs Consadole, but they have had a tendency to struggle at…

J.League 1 R5 – Urawa vs Tokyo Preview

Urawa Reds – FC Tokyo: Urawa Reds are back on track with 2 straight away-wins in the league but they haven’t exactly impressed play-wise. Both wins were narrow but if we consider their recent ACL-results as well it’s obvious the team is moving in the right direction.  They got some good news ahead of this…

J.League 1 R5 – Vegalta vs Cerezo Preview

Vegalta Sendai – Cerezo Osaka: Vegalta are dead last with just 1 point from 4 matches so far and they are already sailing up as a big favorite for relegation. They’ve met good teams though and except for perhaps Shonan away last round I expected them to lose all the matches. Cerezo Osaka are also…

J.League 1 R5 – Marinos vs Sagan Preview

Aftera good start to the season Marinos have now only taken 1 point on their last 2 matches. They looked particularly poor last round when they lost 0-2 away vs Oita and it was actually a deserved win for the newly-promoted side too. Sagan got their season going last round with a narrow home-win vs…

J.League 1 R4 – Shonan vs Vegalta Preview

Shonan Bellmare – Vegalta Sendai: Shonan with 2 straight defeats now but they’ve played good football and both their 2 losses came vs strong teams.  Vegalta are yet to win and only got 1 point from their opening 3 matches but also they have met only strong teams. So it’s a bit early to draw…