Oita Trinita – Matsumoto Yamaga:
The 2 newly-promoted teams meet already here in R2, and both teams got off to good starts with Oita’s 2-1 away vs Kashima were particularly impressive. Matsumoto also did well holding on to a 1-1 draw away vs Iwata.
Oita should be considered a favorite here and not just based on their win vs Kashima, because they also got 3 straight wins vs Matsumoto and won both home and away last season. It’s probably not too much between these 2 teams in terms of quality, but Oita will be riding high after last week and that extra confidence could be what tips this match into their favour.
Oita Trinita Expected Starting Lineup:
6Fukumori – 5Suzuki – 29Iwada
7Matsumoto(I) – 32Maeda– 44Thitipan – 23Takayama(K)
10Fujimoto – 14Kozuka
DF Tone (S/R)
FW Onaiwu (I)
Matsumoto Yamaga Expected Starting Lineup:
44Hattori – 31Hashiuchi – 15Eduardo
47Iwakami(I) – 14Paulinho– 6Fujita(I) – 42Takahashi
8Serginho – 7Maeda
DF Jo (S/R)
FW Yamamoto (S/R)
FW Leandro (I)
Prediction: 2-1 or 1-1
Odds on both the totals and HCP looks spot-on so no bets for me here.