J.League 1 R4 – Kobe vs Shimizu Preview

Vissel Kobe – Shimizu S-Pulse:

Kobe with 2 straight wins now and they’ve been slowly improving from match to match.  Villa seems to be off to a good start in his Kobe-career and against Shimizu’s poor defence here there should be lots of goalscoring opportunities for him.

Shimizu drew 1-1 vs Hiroshima in R1 but then suffered 2 heavy defeats and have looked absolutely horrible in defence. VS Consadole last round they could easily have conceded 7-8 goals.

I can’t really see Shimizu’s defence have a chance vs Kobe’s attacking lineup here and expect a comfortable win for the home-team.

Expected Starting Lineup Kobe:
4-2-3-1:
18Kim
22Nishi – 33Dankler – 25Osaki – 19Hatsuse
14Mita – 5Yamaguchi
10Podolski(I) – 8Iniesta(K) – 16Furuhashi
7 Villa

Injuries/Suspension:
MF Masuyama (S/R)

Team Strength:
100%

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Expected Starting Lineup Shimizu:
3-3-2-2:
13Rokutan
2Tatsuta* – 3Hwang Seok Ho – 18Elsinho(I)
27Iida – 7Musaka – 25Matsubara
30Kaneko– 17Kawai(I)
20Nakamura* – 23Kitagawa

Injuries/Suspension:
DF Futami (S/R)
MF Nishimura (S/R)
FW Douglas (K)

Team Strength:
92%

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Prediction: 3-1 or 4-1

Odds Info:

I expect goals and a comfortable home-win here, so Over 2,75 @ 2,07 (30 units) and Kobe -0,75 @ 2,06 (30 units) are two of my biggest bets this round.

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