J.League 1 R5 – Urawa vs Marinos Preview

Urawa Reds – Yokohama F Marinos: Expected Starting Lineup Urawa: 4-3-1-2: 1Nishikawa 46Moriwaki*- 2Mauricio – 5Makino(I) – 3Ugajin 7Nagasawa– 8Ewerton – 16Aoki 10Kashiwagi(I) 30Koroki (I) – 9Muto Injuries/Suspension: FW Fabricio (S/R) Team Strength: 99% —————– Yokohama F Marinos Expected Starting Lineup: 4-3-3: 21Iikura 27Matsubara – 13Thiago Martins – 44Hatanaka – 18Hirose 8Kida – 10Amano(I) –…

J.League 1 R5 – Kashima vs Nagoya Preview

Kashima Antlers – Nagoya Grampus: Kashima Expected Starting Lineup: 4-4-2: 1Kwoun Sun-Tae(I) 17Hirato*– 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) DF Uchida (R) MF Nakamura (S/R) FW Suzuki (R/I) Team…

J.League 1 R5 – Shimizu vs Shonan Preview

Shimizu S-Pulse – Shonan Bellmare: Shimizu are yet to win in the league and they have been one of the weakest teams in the league defensively so far with 11 conceded goals in 4 matches. They did well to earn a late draw vs Kobe away last round but truth were they were lucky not…

J.League 1 R5 – Matsumoto vs Kawasaki Preview

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….

J.League 1 R5 – Oita vs Hiroshima Preview

Oita Trinita – Sanfrecce Hiroshima: Oita have been one of the most positive surprises so far in J1 as the newly promoted team have won 3 out of their 4 opening matches. I doubt they will be able to keep that ratio up but they’ve showed they are not a team that should be under-estimated….

J.League 1 R5 – Gamba vs Vissel Preview

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…

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…

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…

J.League 1 R5 – Urawa vs Tokyo Preview

Urawa Reds – FC Tokyo: Urawa Reds are back on track with 2 straight away-wins in the league but they haven’t exactly impressed play-wise. Both wins were narrow but if we consider their recent ACL-results as well it’s obvious the team is moving in the right direction.  They got some good news ahead of this…

J.League 1 R5 – Vegalta vs Cerezo Preview

Vegalta Sendai – Cerezo Osaka: Vegalta are dead last with just 1 point from 4 matches so far and they are already sailing up as a big favorite for relegation. They’ve met good teams though and except for perhaps Shonan away last round I expected them to lose all the matches. Cerezo Osaka are also…