Shonan Bellmare – Vegalta Sendai:
Shonan with 2 straight defeats now but they’ve played good football and both their 2 losses came vs strong teams. Vegalta are yet to win and only got 1 point from their opening 3 matches but also they have met only strong teams. So it’s a bit early to draw any conclusions on either teams.
Vegalta’s form away from home is quite poor as they have lost 6 out of their last 7 away-matches. They got a good record vs Shonan in recent years though, and in the league they got 4-2-0 against them on the last 6 meetings.
This looks like a very open match that can go either way but I have a small pref on Shonan.
Shonan Expected Starting Lineup:
13Yamane – 3Freire – 8Ono
7Umesaki – 18Matsuda – 16Saito – 5Sugioka
2Kikuchi(I) – 39Taketomi(I)
DF Saka (S/R)
DF Kaneko (S/R)
MF Okamoto (R)
Expected Starting Lineup Vegalta:
13Hiraoka – 27Oiwa (I) – 2Nagato
4Hachisuka – 23Simao Mate – 7Sekiguchi
17Tomita – 6Hyodo
38Nagasawa – 1Ishihara(I)
DF Iio (S/R)
MF Tsuihashi (R)
FW Ramon Lopes (R)
Prediction: 1-0 or 1-1
Both the HCP and Totals looks spot-on here.