ACL 2019 MD3 – Wednesday’s Previews

Kawasaki Frontale – Sydney FC: Australian teams usually struggles a lot on the road, and I don’t see why this match will be any different and I expect an easy win for the home team. Kawasaki haven’t really gotten their season going yet with 3 straight draws in the league and a narrow loss vs…

ACL 2019 MD2 – Tuesday’s Previews

Shandong Luneng – Kashima Antlers: Kashima are sending their best possible squad to China for this match and they won’t be making too many changes from their usual lineup. They got some injury problems but they can still field a very strong squad for this match. I don’t rate Shandong that high and think Kashima…

J.League 1 R3 – Marinos vs Kawasaki Preview

Yokohama F Marinos – Kawasaki Frontale: It’s time for The Kanagawa Derby, and this should be a very interesting match. Marinos have arguably been the most impressive team so far (especially attacking-wise) with 2 solid wins, but they have to do without key player Miyoshi for this one as he’s on loan from Kawasaki and…

J.League 1 R3 – Tokyo vs Sagan Preview

FC Tokyo – Sagan Tosu: Tokyo have been one of the more positive surprises so far this season with 2 good results away vs Kawasaki and Shonan and they have played well too. The Japanese wonderkid Kubo seems to have grown as a player and have added a new dimension to their attack and if…

J.League 1 R3 – Vegalta vs Kobe Preview

Vegalta Sendai – Vissel Kobe: Vegalta have had a tough start to their season with just 1 point so far but they’ve met good teams in Urawa and Marinos so you couldn’t really expect much more from them.  They meet another difficult opponent here in Vissel Kobe which is a team they’ve struggled against in…

J.League 1 R3 – Cerezo vs Hiroshima Preview

Cerezo Osaka – Sanfrecce Hiroshima: Cerezo haven’t looked as strong as expected so far, and it’s mainly been in attack they’ve struggled. They created very little vs both Kobe and Nagoya, and haven’t been able to get out the full potential from the lieks of Kakitani and Tokura just yet. Hiroshima have also been bad,…

J.League 1 R3 – Kashima vs Shonan Preview

Kashima Antlers – Shonan Bellmare: Not the best start for Kashima to the season with a surprising 1-2 loss vs Oita in R1 and a sub-par performance in the 1-1 draw away vs Kawasaki in R2 so they still seem to be some way off their optimal form.  They could only beat Malaysian side Johor…

J.League 1 R3 – Gamba vs Nagoya Preview

Gamba Osaka – Nagoya Grampus: Gamba have varied a lot in their performances so far as they went from horrible at home vs Marinos  to very impressive in the away-match vs Shimizu only to lose 0-1 away vs Iwata’s b-squad in the cup midweek. Gamba also fielded a weakened squad, but there were several first-team…

J.League 1 R3 – Iwata vs Oita Preview

Jubilo Iwata – Oita Trinita: Iwata with 2 draws so far vs Hiroshima away and Matsumoto at home and they didn’t really impress in either matches so to me they still look like one of the candidates for relegation.  That also goes for Oita, as after the impressive 2-1 win away vs Kashima they performed…

J.League 1 R3 – Matsumoto vs Urawa Preview

Matsumoto Yamaga – Urawa Reds: Matsumoto are still unbeaten after 2 matches and although they’ve met 2 of the arguably weakest teams in the entire league it’s still a sign that they will not be a walkover this season. They also won in the cup vs Shimizu midweek using their B-squad so the spirit is…