Jubilo Iwata – Kashima Antlers:
Iwata are yet to win a match this season which is very alarming considering they’ve only met weak teams. Together with Vegalta Sendai they look like the early favorite for relegation and I will be surprised if they can get away with anything here vs Kashima.
Kashima lost the 1st match but have looked strong after that and looked particularly good in the 3-1 away win vs Consadole last round. However, they got a ton of injuries especially to their defence and ahead of this match they’ve lost another one in the reliable centre-back Jung.
Still, there should be enough quality in this team to still be considered the favorite here and I expect them to end up with all 3 points. Kashima are a good away-team too and have won 6 out of their last 9 away-matches in the league. Head-to-head records are also strongly in Kashima’s favour with Iwata only having won 3 out of the last 30 matches between them.
Expected Starting Lineup Iwata:
24Ogawa – 25Ominami – 4Shinzato – 41Takahashi
7Taguchi – 14Matsumoto
15Adailton – 19Yamada – 17Moriya
Kashima Expected Starting Lineup:
2Uchida– 28Machida* – 39Inukai – 22Anzai*
8Doi – 6Nagaki* – 4Leo Silva – 11Leandro
18Serginho – 15Ito*
DF Ito (S/R)
DF Oda (S/R)
DF Yamamoto (R)
DF Sasaki (S/R)
DF Jung (R)
MF Nakamura (S/R)
FW Suzuki (R/I)
Prediction: 0-2 or 1-2
The totals looks more or less correct here but I find a lot of value on Kashima -0,25 @ 1,85 (30 units).