J.League 1 R5 – Iwata vs Kashima Preview

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:
4-2-3-1:
21Kaminski
24Ogawa – 25Ominami –  4Shinzato – 41Takahashi
7Taguchi – 14Matsumoto
15Adailton – 19Yamada – 17Moriya
22Okubo


Injuries/Suspension:

Team Strength:
100%

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Kashima Expected Starting Lineup:
4-4-2:
1Kwoun Sun-Tae(I)
2Uchida– 28Machida* – 39Inukai – 22Anzai*
8Doi – 6Nagaki* – 4Leo Silva – 11Leandro
18Serginho – 15Ito*

Injuries/Suspension:
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)

Team Strength:
86%

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Prediction: 0-2 or 1-2

Odds Info:

The totals looks more or less correct here but I find a lot of value on Kashima -0,25 @ 1,85 (30 units).

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