Gamba Osaka – Nagoya Grampus:
Gamba have varied a lot in their performances so far as they went from horrible at home vs Marinos to very impressive in the away-match vs Shimizu only to lose 0-1 away vs Iwata’s b-squad in the cup midweek. Gamba also fielded a weakened squad, but there were several first-team regulars in their lineup so it was surprising to see them lose.
Nagoya are off to a perfect start so far with 2 clear wins, 6 goals scored and 0 conceded. They looked very strong in both their matches, but that was also the case in the beginning of last season. After winning their first 2 matches back then they went on to on a 16-match winless streak. They seem stronger this year though, and on their day they can probably beat any team in the league.
They got a good grip on Gamba in recent years, and away they got 3-2-1 on the last 6 in all competitions. I think Nagoya will try to play their own game here like Marinos did, and will put Gamba under pressure so we should be in for an entertaining match. I expect goals and plenty of chances at both ends.
Expected Starting Lineup Gamba:
22Oh – 19Kim(I) – 5Miura – 4Fujiharu
8Onose – 7Endo (I) – 15Konno – 10Kurata
9Ademilson – 16Hwang(K)
GK Tani (S/R)
Nagoya Expected Starting Lineup:
6Miyahara – 17Maruyama – 20Nakatani – 23Yoshida
27Soma – 2Yonemoto – 8Simic – 29Izumi*
7Jo(K) – 10Gabriel Xavier(K)
MF Aoki (S/R)
AM Mateus ®
Prediction: 3-2 or 2-2
This match can go either way and the HCP-price looks more or less correct. Much more interesting is the Totals, and Over 3 @ 2,10 (30 units) holds great value.