Match Time: 9/8/2019 18:00 Sunday (GMT+8)
Ehime: Back-to-back home victories (Recent Form: LWLWWW)
Ehime are on 14th place in Japanese J2 League with 35 points (10 wins, 5 draws, 15 losses; goal difference 36:41). They have currently 11 points of advantage over 21th Tochigi (relegation zone), whereas the distance to 6th Yamagata (promotion play-off) is 16 points at the moment. Therefore, Ehime appear to be an average mid-table side. The team is in average shape – 3 wins, 0 draws, 2 losses in last 5 league matches. Ehime take on Tokushima on Sunday in the next league fixture. Ehime have collected 21 points in 16 home games to date (6 wins, 3 draws, 7 defeats; goal difference 18:17).
Tokushima: Three consecutive wins (Recent Form: WWWLLL)
Tokushima sit on 9th position in the standings with 46 points (13 wins, 7 draws, 10 defeats; goal difference 42:36). They are already 22 points ahead of 21th Tochigi (drop zone), whereas Tokushima are 5 points short of the sixth-placed Yamagata (promotion play-off) so it appears that they can challenge for the top 6 places. Their recent form is average – 3 wins, 0 draws, 2 defeats in last 5 games in J2 League, but Tokushima have just got 3 straight victories. In the meantime, they were eliminated from the Emperors Cup by Honda FC (0:2) in round of 32. Now it’s time for an away encounter. Tokushima have collected 18 points in 15 matches on the road (5 wins, 3 draws, 7 losses; goal difference 16:20).
THE BETTING VERDICT:
All in all, I think that hosts are favourites of this clash. Both sides were getting similar results in the past few weeks and perhaps Ehime may take advantage of playing in front of their fans. In my opinion the home side may get the result in this outing.
Ehime VS Tokushima
Pick: Ehime +0.50