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:
22Nishi – 3Watanabe – 25Osaki – 19Hatsuse
14Mita – 5Yamaguchi – 24Mihara
8Iniesta(K) –7 Villa – 10Podolski(I)
MF Masuyama (S/R)
FW Wellington (S/R)
Expected Starting Lineup Sagan:
20Brucic – 3Yu.Takahashi – 5Galovic(I) – 35Fujita
4Harakawa – 14Yo.Takahashi – 36Hi.Takahashi – 22Hara
9Torres(K) – 44Kanazaki
MF Ishikawa (S/R)
AM Ono (R)
Prediction: 2-1 or 3-1
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.