J.League 1 R3 – Iwata vs Oita Preview

Jubilo Iwata – Oita Trinita:

Iwata with 2 draws so far vs Hiroshima away and Matsumoto at home and they didn’t really impress in either matches so to me they still look like one of the candidates for relegation.  That also goes for Oita, as after the impressive 2-1 win away vs Kashima they performed much worse in R2 at home vs Matsumoto where they deservedly lost 0-1.

So it’s a match between 2 relegation-candidates here, and it’s hard to say which are the better team.  Iwata should be considered the favorite due to home-advantage but I’m not sure I trust them atm, not even vs a weak team like Oita.  It could be goals in this one as Iwata seems to be fielding an offensive lineup and Oita are strong at counters so should be chances at both ends.

Expected Starting Lineup Iwata:
4-2-3-1:
21Kaminski
14Matsumoto – 25Ominami –  4Shinzato* – 41Takahashi
19Yamada – 30Uehara*
15Adailton – 22Okubo – 11Rodriguez
20Kawamata


Injuries/Suspension:
MF Moriya (S/R)

Bench:
DF Oi (R/I)
MF Taguchi (I)

Team Strength:
95%

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Oita Trinita Expected Starting Lineup:
3-4-2-1:
1Takagi
6Fukumori – 5Suzuki – 29Iwada
7Matsumoto(I) – 32Maeda– 44Thitipan – 23Takayama(K)
10Fujimoto – 14Kozuka
46Ito*

Injuries/Suspension:
DF Tone (S/R)

Bench:
FW Onaiwu (I)

Team Strength:
97%

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Prediction: 2-1 or 1-1

Odds Info:

It’s an open match but Iwata should be considered favorites due to home-advantage so the DNB @ 1,71 (10 units) looks interesting.  I think we could see some goals too and got some value on Over 2,25 @ 1,92 (10 units).

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