Kawasaki Frontale – Gamba Osaka:
Kawasaki with 3 straight draws so far which is a bit disappointing but they met strong teams. Godd news is that their new striker Leandro Damiao got on the scoring sheet twice vs Marinos last round so he seems to be adapting well to his new team-mates.
Gamba have played 3 high-octane matches so far, lost twice 2-3 at home and winning 4-2 away vs Shimizu in R2. Their defence have clearly not been up to the task and manager Miyamoto has a lot of work to do to improve on that.
Gamba had a horrible away-record last season although it improved in the later stages and Kawasaki are usually rock-solid at home so I expect the hosts to take the 3 points here.
Kawasaki Expected Starting Lineup:
17Mawatari* – 3Nara – 5Taniguchi – 7Kurumaya
Shimoda* – 6Morita
11Kobayashi – 14Nakamura (I) – 41Ienaga (K)
9Leandro Damiao (I)
MF Oshima (R/I)
Expected Starting Lineup Gamba:
22Oh – 19Kim(I) – 5Miura – 4Fujiharu
8Onose – 7Endo (I) – 15Konno – 10Kurata
9Ademilson – 16Hwang(K)
GK Tani (S/R)
Prediction: 2-1 or 3-1
Kawasaki have been made too big favorites here, and considering all their losses at home last round (4) and also that they are yet to win this season I find Gamba 1×2 @ 5,58 (10 units) quite interesting. Nothing on the totals although I expect goals.