Urawa Reds – Consadole Sapporo:
I expect big things from Urawa this year but their opening match vs Vegalta wasn’t particularly impressive and they also looked really poor in the Super Cup final 2 weeks ago. So they haven’t exactly looked match-fit and it will be interesting to see if we can see some progress with the team for this match.
Consadole lost 0-2 away vs Shonan in their opening match but put in a good display and could just as well taken all 3 points if not for all their missed chances. They got another away match here and considering the opponent they could very well find themselves with 0 points after 2 matches.
It’s a tricky game to predict considering how early we are in the season, but if Urawa’s 2 performances so far are anything to go by I wouldn’t rule out an upset here although Urawa should rightfully be considered the favorite.
Expected Starting Lineup Urawa:
31Iwanami – 2Mauricio – 5Makino(I)
3Ugajin – 8Ewerton – 6Yamanaka
7Nagasawa – 10Kashiwagi(I)
30Koroki (I) – 14Sugimoto
FW Fabricio (S/R)
FW Muto (R)
Consadole Expected Starting Lineup:
3Shindo – 10Miyazawa(I) – 5Fukumori
7Lukas – 8Fukai – 27Arano – 4Suga
18Chanathip(K) – 9Suzuki
MF Komai (R)
Prediction: 2-1 or 1-1
Urawa’s performances in their 2 first matches have been sub-par, and they shouldn’t be this big a favorite against a good team like Consadole. But I will skip any HCP-bets and rather go with Consadole 1×2 @ 4,10 (10 units). The totals seems spot-on.