Vegalta travelled to Mito on wednesday, and won 3-1. Vegalta scored 2 nice goals withing the first 20 minutes, and never looked like losing it from then. Mito replied 5 minutes later though, but never really looked like scoring the 2nd one. Mito wasn’t all bad and matched Vegalta’s pace for most parts of the game. The Vegalta strikeforce and the Mito strikeforce is quite different however, as the Mito strikers needs more chances to score goals than their counterpart. Vegalta looked alot deadlier up front than in recent matches as well, and fully deserved the win. Vegalta had 14 shots to Mito’s 10. Cereszo had Tokyo at home, and lost 0-2 after conceding an early goal from Hulk. Cerezo weren’t any worser than Tokyo this game, but their missing players, especially up front, were surely missed. It didn’t get any better in the 2nd half, as an own goal by a Cerezo defender extended Tokyo’s lead. Cerezo weren’t all bad this game though, and had 10 shots to Tokyo’s 9. After 4 nice wins in a row for Cerezo they now fell down to 8th again in the table.
Both teams will field similiar squads to wednesday’s games. Cerezo are still missing most of their offensive contributors, so it’s set for Furuhashi/Kim oncr again up front. Vegalta are having problems on the other side of the pitch, with GK Schneider as well as important defender Shirai out. Vegalta won the first match 2-0 away after scoring a quick goal in each half. The game was pretty one sided though, with Cerezo as the leading team. Vegalta were in killer form earlier in the season, which made them win games they were outplayed in as well. Cerezo had 14 shots to Vegalta’s 7 , and probably deserved more. Vegalta hold their guard though, so it’s hard to say they didn’t deserved the win either. All meetings gives us 2-0-1 for Cerezo, as Cerezo won both matches back in 2003. Vegalta got 4 home wins in a row now, and 6-3-2 in total. Cerezo got 4-1-5 away, and 3 wins in a row. I think we’re in for a tight game, as both teams are in good form. Vegalta are small favorites due to home advantage, but Cerezo has been playing good away lately. I think we might see a draw here, with Vegalta as the most likely winners. Goal-wise, I think we’ll see many ( Vegalta being the highest scoring team in the league, and Cerezo’s fine form).
Avispa travelled to Ehime last round, and were without a few important players, especially in offence. The game ended 0-0, with Avispa being the slightly better team and which probably deserved the win. The finishing let them down though, and although they had 14 shots ( to Ehime’s 9), they failed to score any goals. A disappoint result for Avispa, who were looking for another win to raise their chances for promotion. Mito had Vegalta at home, and lost 1-3 after 2 quick goals from Vegalta that Mito never managed to bounce back from. Vegalta were up 2-0 after 20 minutes, but Mito reduced only 5 minutes after. Mito continued to create chances, and played fairly well, but yet again, they were left with nothing despite a good effort. Vegalta scored a 3rd late in 2nd half to secure the win. Vegalta outshot Mito 14-10.
Avispa won the first meeting 4-1 away, after being 3-0 up by halftime. Mito never really stood a chance, as Avispa constantly put them under pressure and looked dangerous all through the match. The 2nd half didn’t start much better, as Avispa scored their 4th goal minutes after the break. Mito got their consolation, as welll as a player sent off later in the match. Mito had 8 shots to Avispa’s 14. Historically, Avispa got a great record against Mito, with 9-3-1. Mito’s only victory came in 2003, in their first ever meeting. Avispa at home this season got 5-2-4 while Mto away got 2-3-6. Mito are in fact a much better side away than home this season, so Avispa can expect a tough battle here. Avispa meets 2 bottom teams in a row here, and should on paper win them both. They failed against Ehime, so nothing but a win is good enough here. Mito have played good football lately though, and their results have improved as well. They have every chance of upsetting Avispa here. Avispa gets their top goalscorer Lincoln back from suspension, who probably was what they were missing in the 0-0 draw at Ehime. It is due for a high-scoring game, with Avispa as natural favorites.I think they will live up to their favourite tag, and bring in 3 points here. Mito are not as bad as their league position suggests though, and can upset the home team.
Prediction : Win for AVISPA
Montedio played vs Sagan away midweek, where they were unfortunate to lose 2-1. The first half was pretty boring, with not much happening in front of either goals. Montedio took the lead early in the 2nd half, and looked like they were in control of the game.But some 10 minutes from full time, Sagan equalized, and in the 85th minute they scored again to claim the win. Montedio were the better team here, but Sagan converted their chances when they had to, which proved to be enough. Sagan had 6 shots to Montedio’s 11.
Shonan lost to 2-4 at home to a Kyoto side on fire lately. It was an evenly played match from the beginning to end, but Kyoto’s superior finishing skills tipped the game into their favour. Kyoto took an early lead, only to see Shonan equalize. But although Shonan played quite good, and might have deserved more, they never looked like getting anything from this. Kyoto seemed to do what they needed to when they needed it, and especially Paulinho, who’s now the top goalscorer in J2 with 2 goals here, were a constant threat. Shonan actually outshot Kyoto 10-9 this game.
Montedio won the first meeting 4-0 away, after totally outclassing Shonan in every way. Both teams were in great form at that time, fighting for 1st place. The loss for Shonan were followed by a poor run, and they’ve only recently found back to the the fomr that took them there. Montedio on the other hand, have been really bad lately, dropping out of the promotion race all the way down into 9th. The game itself were dominated by Montedio, who outshot the home team 19-5. Hitstorywise, Shonan holds the edge with 7-5-5 in total.
Montedio’s home form is not good, and they have only managed 3 points ( all from draws) from their last 5. They have now played 9 games in a row without winning. All home matches gives them a record of only 3-5-3. Shonan away got 5-2-4, which is pretty decent. You never really know what you get with Shonan, as they can vary from world-class to amateur from one game to another. Here they meet a Montedio squad who are in hopeless form, and with 3 important defenders out as well. Shonan sure got something to revenge from the 1st game, and they also got to keep up with Kyoto who lies in 3rd. Therefore, an away win seems most probable. I think we’ll see alot of goals as well, with all the injured defenders and the goalrecord of previous meetings.
Prediction: Win for SHONAN
Thespa played great last round to held league leaders Consadole to 2-2 away. Consadole went one goal up early in both half’s, only to see Thesa equalize at the end of it. The game itself was pretty even as well, with Consadole producing 11 shots to Thespa’s 9. So, the result was more or less fair. A great boost for Thespa, who now have 6 games in a row without a win. Ehime did a nice job too against Avispa at home. The game ended 0-0, and although Ehime fought hard for the point, I guess they got more than they deserved. Avispa were the superior team for most of the game, but since both teams failed to score it ended 0-0. Ehime managed 9 shots to Avispa’s 14.
Thespa won the first game relatively easy 1-0 away. Defender Chika scored the only goal of the match just before the break. Ehime produced only a handful of real chances, and again showed why they are the least-scoring team in the league. Ehime had 6 shots in total to Thespa’s 10. A deserved away victory. All previous meetings gives us 2-1-2. Thespa at home this season got 3-3-5, while Ehime away got 3-1-7. Neither of teams are in any particularly good form, but Thespa are clear favorites anyway. With one exception, these games usually provides few goals and cautious build-up from both teams. Thespa are ”lost” together with the rest of the bottom-runners now, and if Ehime wins here they are only one point behind Thespa. Therefore, it’s important with a win for the home team here, to keep Ehime and Tokushima at bay. I think Thespa have what it takes to win this too, as they played great at Consadole. I don’t see many goals though as neither of the teams are known for scoring.
Prediction: Win for THESPA
Kyoto Sanga F.C.
Tokushima didn’t play midweek, so their last game was against Shonan at home. Tokushima lost 2-0 eventually, after a goal in each half. Tokushima didn’t have much to come up with after the goals, and eventually deserved to lose. Shonan outshot Tokushima 14-8, and played a very good game. That was the 10th home in a row without a win for Tokushima, who so far this season only have recorded 1 win, which came in the season opener.
Kyoto played Shonan away, and beautifully beat them 4-2. The game itself was tight, and could have tipped Shonan’s way just as much as Kyoto’s. In-form striker Paulinho played another good game though, and helped Kyoto win with 2 nice goals. Kyoto’s win were never really under any major threat, and they looked destined for the win all through the game. Shonan outshot Kyoto 10-9 though.
Tokushima held Kyoto to a 1-1 draw last time, after Morioka of Kyoto were sent off early in the 2nd half. Tokushima surprisingly took the lead a few minutes before that, and with the sending off as well, they were for a while looking like stealing all 3 points. Some 5 minutes from time though, Paulinho finally got through to equalize. Kyoto deserved more, but the sending off ruined alot. Kyoto had 11 shots to Tokushima’s 7. Tokushima should be happy with the single point.
That was in fact the first ever point Tokushima have taken from Kyoto, as their record against them is 0-1-4. Tokushima’s home record is a lowly 1-4-6, and they’ve only scored 5 goals on those 11 games. Kyoto got 6-1-4 away, which makes them the 3rd best away team in the league. There’s no doubt who’s the favorites here, and an away win seems highly probable. Kyoto are on good form now, scoring alot of goals intheir recent matches. It’s set to continue here as they will probably take all points.
Prediction: Win for KYOTO
Tokyo Verdy 1969
Tokyo travelled to Osaka for their encounter with Cerezo on wednesday. They ended up winning it 2-0, but in fact it could have gone either way. Tokyo took the lead in the 30th minute, and although Cerezo created some big chances they failed to equalize. Tokyo doubled their lead midway through the 2nd half to literally kill the game off, as Cerezo by then looked out of steam. Cerezo outshot Tokyo 10-9 though, so it was close than the scoreline suggests. Sagan had Montedio at home, and came back from 0-1 to win it 2-1 after 2 late goals. Sagan were in fact a bit lucky to win this, as Montedio was clearly the better team. With a goal in the 80th and 85th minute, Sagan turned the game around and took all 3 points. That was the only really big chanves Sagan got, and Montedio outshot them 11-6.
Sagan won the first meeting 2-1 at home in a tight game. It was in the middle of Tokyo’s 7 games in a row losing streak, so a ” normal ” Tokyo side might have done better. Sagan had 12 shots to Tokyo’s 13, so draw might have been the most fair result. All previous meetings gives us 2-1-2. Tokyo’s home record is 6-0-5 so far, while Sagan away got 3-3-5. Sagan’s 3 wins all came within the last 4 matches, so they’re in pretty good form. they lost 4-1 to Shonan last round though. Tokyo have been quite inconsistent recenlty with 3-0-2 on their last 5. Sagan are without 3 regular defenders, and their replacements have a tough job dealing with Hulk and co. Historically, these games usually provides some goals, and I think we’re in for a similar story here. Although Sagan have showed prominent form, Tokyo isn’t all bad either, and with the home advantage and all the injured defenders Sagan got I think Tokyo will win it. Tokyo got their injuries as well, but none of them are as important as Sagan’s absentees, and Tokyo got good cover as well.
Prediction: win for TOKYO