Matsumoto Yamaga – Kawasaki Frontale:
Matsumoto got 2 straight 0-1 defeats in the league but both were against strong teams so nobody really expected them to take any points in those matches. They’ve proven a difficult team to score against with just 3 goals against in 4 matches but they are also struggling up front.
Kawasaki are surprisingly one of the few teams yet to win in the league this year with 0-3-1 so far and the reigning champions are already falling behind the teams at the top of the table. All the teams they’ve met are top-3 candidates though and some of the draws could easily have swung in Kawasaki’s favour instead.
I think it’s only a matter of time before Kawasaki start winning in the league too and despite them being a bit weakened here with some injury problems they should be too strong a team for Matsumoto on a normal day. This match is sold out so it will be a nice atmosphere around the stadium though which could give the home team a boost.
Matsumoto Yamaga Expected Starting Lineup:
44Hattori – 31Hashiuchi – 15Eduardo
3Tanaka* – 14Paulinho–35Miyasaka – 42Takahashi
8Serginho – 7Maeda
DF Jo (S/R)
FW Yamamoto (S/R)
AM Iwakami (I)
MF Fujita (R/I)
Kawasaki Expected Starting Lineup:
27Suzuki* – 3Nara – 5Taniguchi – 2Noborisato
25Tanaka* – 6Morita
16Hasegawa* – 14Nakamura (I) – 41Ienaga (K)
DF Mawatari (S/R)
MF Oshima (R/I)
FW Kobayashi (R/I)
DF Maguinho (R)
FW Leandro Damiao (I)
Prediction: 0-1 or 1-2
Considering their bad form Kawasaki have been made too big favorites here and with them having some injury problems as well it’s worth a shot taking Matsumoto 1×2 @ 4,36 (10 units). The totals looks more or less correct.