Match Time: 9/8/2019 17:00 Sunday (GMT+8)
Mito: Promotion candidates (Recent Form: WLWLDL)
Mito are on 5th place in Japanese J2 League with 51 points (13 wins, 12 draws, 5 losses; goal difference 38:21). They are currently on a promotion play-off spot, having 2 points of advantage over 7th Kofu, whereas the distance to 2nd Yokohama FC (direct promotion) is just 1 point at the moment. Therefore, it appears that there will be a fierce battle for promotion. The team is in average shape – 2 wins, 1 draw, 2 losses in last 5 league matches. In the meantime, they were eliminated from the Emperors Cup by Urawa (1:2) in round of 32. Mito take on Kanazawa on Sunday in the next league fixture. Mito have collected 24 points in 10 home games to date (6 wins, 6 draws, 2 defeats; goal difference 21:11).
Kanazawa: In good shape (Recent Form: LWWLWD)
Kanazawa sit on 8th position in the standings with 46 points (11 wins, 13 draws, 6 defeats; goal difference 40:27). They are now 5 points short of 6th Yamagata (promotion play-off), so it remains possible for them to challenge for the top 6 places. Their recent form is good – 3 wins, 1 draw, 1 defeat in last 5 games in J2 League. Meanwhile, they suffered from a defeat against Hiroshima (1:2) in the Emperors Cup in last 32. Now it’s time for an away encounter. Kanazawa have collected 23 points in 15 matches on the road (6 wins, 5 draws, 4 losses; goal difference 21:15).
THE BETTING VERDICT:
To sum up, it seems that this might be an interesting clash with a couple of goals. Mito will be eyeing a victory in front of their fans, but it’s Kanazawa who are in better form and who need to make up points so perhaps it may be an open match.
Mito VS Kanazawa
O/U Pick: over 2.25 goals