J.League 1 Season Preview 2018 – Table Prediction

Ranking Team Predicted Finish Score (max 30) 1 Kashima Antlers 1st – 2nd 28 2 Urawa Reds 1st – 3rd 27,5 3 Kawasaki Frontale 1st – 3rd 27,5 4 Kashiwa Reysol 2nd – 5th 25 5 Cerezo Osaka 3rd – 5th 24 6 Gamba Osaka 5th – 8th 22 7 Jubilo Iwata 6th – 9th…

J.League 1 Season Preview 2018 – V-Varen Nagasaki

V-VAREN NAGASAKI Nagasaki weren’t considered to a contender for promotion last season and most pundits had them on the lower end of the table, myself included. It was a big surprise that they managed to finish 2nd and then earn direct promotion then, especially considering how many players they brought in ahead of last season….

J.League 1 Season Preview 2018 – Shonan Bellmare

SHONAN BELLMARE Shonan was fantastic last season in J2, but will meet opponents of much tougher quality this year.  They have made some exciting new signings, especially up front where the likes of Stevanovic and Lee could become great attractions.  If they can get Umesaki back to the level from hos glory days as well…

J.League 1 Season Preview 2018 – Nagoya Grampus

NAGOYA GRAMPUS Nagoya Grampus had to go through playoffs to earn promotion from J2 last season and therefore faced more problems than expected in their brief return to J2.  Their issues were mostly connected to their defence, and they conceded a whopping 65 goals throughout the season. They also scored 85, so in the end…

J.League 1 Season Preview 2018 – Yokohama F Marinos

YOKOHAMA F MARINOS Marinos had a pretty good season last year as they reached the final of the Emperor’s Cup and finished 5th in the league. In the end they weren’t too far behind a place in the ACL, which would have exceeded expectations. Since last year they have changed the manager and former Brisbane…

J.League 1 Season Preview 2018 – Vissel Kobe

VISSEL KOBE Vissel Kobe were somewhat of a disappointment last season as they only managed to finish 9th, despite making a big-name signing like Podolski midway through the season.   Actually Podolski’s arrival had a poor effect on Kobe in terms of results, as they were only the 14th best team in the league after he…

J.League 1 Season Preview 2018 – Vegalta Sendai

VEGALTA SENDAI Vegalta have now two 12th-place finishes in a row despite being tipped to be a favorite for relegation on both occasions.  Talent-wise, their team have never really looked that great, and that is the case this season as well. They haven’t made too many changes, but got a couple of new defenders in…

J.League 1 Season Preview 2018 – Urawa Reds

URAWA REDS Urawa Reds with a lackluster performance in the league last season, as they finished as low as 7th on the table. They scored tons of goals, but they had the 3rd worst defensive record in the league which was quite surprising considering what players they got in their defence.  They won the ACL…

J.League 1 Season Preview 2018 – FC Tokyo

FC TOKYO A horrible, horrible season for FC Tokyo last year, who were closer to being relegated than fighting for an ACL-finish, and they had ambitions of winning the title. They have spent a lot of money the last couple of seasons, but it doesn’t seem to be much of a plan to it. They…

J.League 1 Season Preview 2018 – Shimizu S-Pulse

SHIMIZU S-PULSE Shimizu was only 2 points away from being relegated last season, and needed a win on their final day to avoid the drop. They conceded a ton of goals, and they had some major wit how they organized their defence throughout the season. Since they they got a new manager in Jan Jönsson…

J.League 1 Season Preview 2018 – Sanfrecce Hiroshima

SANFRECCE HIROSHIMA Hiroshima had a nightmare of a season last year and were in the end only a point shy of being relegated. They have made some changes ahead of this season and have tried to clean up their squad as well as hiring a new manager in Jofuku. I’m not convinced they have what…

J.League 1 Season Preview 2018 – Sagan Tosu

SAGAN TOSU Sagan Tosu were tipped to be a clear candidate for relegation by most pundits last season, but made some key signings after the season had started. GK Gonda and FW Ibarbo both made a huge difference to the team, and were contributing factors in Sagan finishing as high as 8th place. They hope…