J.League 1 R5 – Nagoya vs Consadole Preview

Nagoya Grampus – Consadole Sapporo:

Nagoya’s winning streak came to an end last round when they lost 0-1 vs Tokyo away but they put in a decent performance and could just as well have won that game. They will try to bounce back here vs Consadole, but they have had a tendency to struggle at home before and lost 1-2 in the same fixture last season.

Consadole were outsmarted by Kashima at home last round and lost 1-3, and struggled to get their fluid, counter-attacking “Mischa-style” football going. Prior to that they had 2 straight wins and I think Nagoya is an opponent that fits them much better than Kashima.

Both teams can field close to a full-strength squad, but for Nagoya we will see a surprise inclusion of the over-rated Aria Jasuru Hasegawa in the starting lineup which can only be an advantage for Consadole in my opinion.  So this match is quite open, but I expect goals at think both teams will get on the scoresheet.

Nagoya Expected Starting Lineup:
4-4-2:
1Langerak
6Miyahara – 17Maruyama – 20Nakatani – 23Yoshida
9Hasegawa* – 2Yonemoto – 8Simic – 29Izumi*
7Jo(K) – 10Gabriel Xavier(K)

Injuries/Suspension:
MF Aoki (S/R)

Team Strength:
99%

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Consadole Expected Starting Lineup:
3-4-2-1:
25Gu
3Shindo – 10Miyazawa(I) – 5Fukumori
7Lukas – 8Fukai – 27Arano – 4Suga
18Chanathip(K) – 11Anderson
9Suzuki

Injuries/Suspension:
MF Komai (R)
MF Nakahara (S/R)
FW Jay (S/R)

Team Strength:
96%

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Prediction: 2-1 or 1-2

Odds Info:
The odds on the total looks more or less correct here but could be an interesting match for in-play overs.  There’s some tiny value on Consadole 1×2 @ 3,05 (10 units).

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