J1 R2 – Urawa vs Consadole Preview

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:
3-3-2-2:
1Nishikawa
31Iwanami – 2Mauricio – 5Makino(I)
3Ugajin – 8Ewerton – 6Yamanaka
7Nagasawa – 10Kashiwagi(I)
30Koroki (I) – 14Sugimoto

Injuries/Suspension:
FW Fabricio (S/R)
FW Muto (R)

Team Strength:
96%

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Consadole Expected Starting Lineup:
3-4-2-1:
25Gu
3Shindo – 10Miyazawa(I) – 5Fukumori
7Lukas – 8Fukai – 27Arano – 4Suga
18Chanathip(K) – 9Suzuki
48Jay

Injuries/Suspension:
MF Komai (R)

Team Strength:
96%

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Prediction: 2-1 or 1-1

Odds Info:

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.

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