J1 R2 – Kobe vs Sagan Preview

Vissel Kobe – Sagan Tosu:

Kobe and Sagan are the 2 teams with the biggest profiles in the league but both teams got off to a poor start in R1. Perhaps we shouldn’t read too much into Kobe’s 0-1 loss away vs Cerezo as it was a close fought match but Sagan’s 0-4 loss at home vs Nagoya was a disaster.

They need to up their game here if they are to be any match to Kobe, but I think they could easily see a 2nd consecutive defeat here.  This is another match with a pretty good potential for goals and I’ll think we see a better version of Kobe here than against Cerezo so I’m also backing the hosts for the win.

Expected Starting Lineup Kobe:
4-3-3:
18Kim
22Nishi – 3Watanabe – 25Osaki – 19Hatsuse
14Mita – 5Yamaguchi – 24Mihara
8Iniesta(K) –7 Villa – 10Podolski(I)

Injuries/Suspension:
MF Masuyama (S/R)
FW Wellington (S/R)

Team Strength:
100%

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Expected Starting Lineup Sagan:
4-4-2:
1Okubo
20Brucic – 3Yu.Takahashi – 5Galovic(I) – 35Fujita
4Harakawa – 14Yo.Takahashi – 36Hi.Takahashi – 22Hara
9Torres(K) – 44Kanazaki

Injuries/Suspension:
MF Ishikawa (S/R)
AM Ono (R)

Bench:
AM Cuenca(I)

Team Strength:
94%

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Prediction: 2-1 or 3-1

Odds Info:

Sagan showed vs Nagoya that they got some defensive issues, and I expect a better performance from Kobe this time so the Over 2 @ 1,75 (20 units) looks very interesting. Kobe have been made too big favorites but I don’t fancy Sagan so no HCP-bets.

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