J.League 1 R3 – Kashima vs Shonan Preview

Kashima Antlers – Shonan Bellmare:

Not the best start for Kashima to the season with a surprising 1-2 loss vs Oita in R1 and a sub-par performance in the 1-1 draw away vs Kawasaki in R2 so they still seem to be some way off their optimal form.  They could only beat Malaysian side Johor 2-1 at home in ACL too, which was a bit underwhelming.  They still got several players out with injuries, and it’s looking quite thin particularly at the back.

Shonan have played 2 home-games so far vs tough teams, and were happy to get away with a 2-0 win in R1 vs Consadole.  They put in a good fight in R2 as well Tokyo, but lost 2-3 in the end.  They were actually pretty good away last season, and in their last 14 away-matches they ended up with a very respectable 6-3-5 record.

Kashima started last year’s campaign also very bad and only had 3 wins in their first 11 matches, and that could very well happen this year too. They got a tough schedule with ACL-involvement, and they also had a much shorter winter break than the rest of the teams due to the Club World Cup and on top of that they are also struggling with injuries.  So I wouldn’t rule out Shonan getting away with something here although Kashima should of course be favorites.

Kashima Expected Starting Lineup:
1Kwoun Sun-Tae(I)
2Uchida– 28Machida* – 39Inukai – 22Anzai*
8Doi – 6Nagaki* – 4Leo Silva – 10Abe
18Serginho – 15Ito*

DF Ito (S/R)
DF Oda (S/R)
DF Jung ®
DF Yamamoto ®
DF Sasaki (S/R)
MF Nakamura (S/R)
FW Suzuki (R/I)

Team Strength:


Shonan Expected Starting Lineup:
13Yamane – 3Freire – 8Ono
6Okamoto – 18Matsuda – 16Saito – 5Sugioka
2Kikuchi(I) – 39Taketomi(I)


Team Strength:

Prediction: 2-1 or 1-1

Odds Info:

The totals looks spot-on here, but I find Shonan 1×2 @ 4,65 (10 units) quite interesting.


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