Gamba Osaka – Vissel Kobe:
This should be an interesting match between 2 entertaining teams and I expect a fast-paced encounter with lots of chances at both ends. Gamba lost both their home-matches so far against Marinos and Nagoya but are usually a very strong home-team. They’ve scored plenty of goals and their main problem so far have been their leaky defence.
Kobe are on the right track after the narrow 0-1 loss in R1 vs Cerezo and were close to taking all 3 points vs Shimizu last round too. New signing Sergi Samper will make his first start here and should add further quality to their star-studded team.
Normally I would back Gamba here considering they are at home, but they actually lost against Kobe at home both in 2017 and 2018 and their 2 home-performances this season have not been too good either. So it looks like a very open game to me that can go both ways but we should see goals at both ends.
Expected Starting Lineup Gamba:
13Suganuma – 19Kim(I) – 5Miura – 4Fujiharu
8Onose – 7Endo (I) – 10Kurata – 28Kou
9Ademilson – 16Hwang(K)
GK Tani (S/R)
Expected Starting Lineup Kobe:
22Nishi – 33Dankler – 25Osaki – 19Hatsuse
6Samper – 5Yamaguchi
10Podolski(I) – 8Iniesta(K) – 16Furuhashi
GK Kim (R)
MF Masuyama (S/R)
Prediction: 1-2 or 2-2
The odds on both the HCP and Totals are more or less correct, but I find tiny value in Over 2,75 @1,86 (10 units).