Match Time: 7/14/2019 18:00 Sunday (GMT+8)
Shonan: In bad shape (Recent Form: WLLLLL)
Shonan are on 15th place in Japanese J-League with 20 points (6 wins, 2 draws, 10 losses; goal difference 20:26). They have currently 3 points of advantage over 16th Sagan Tosu (relegation play-off) and 17th Yamaga (direct drop zone), so their situation is unsafe. At the same time, the distance to 3rd Kawasaki (AFC Champions League qualification) is already 22 points at the moment. The team is in bad shape – 1 win, 0 draws, 4 losses in last 5 league matches. However, they’ve got a victory on last matchday. In the meantime, they were eliminated from Emperors Cup by Veertien Mie (0:4) in last 64. Shonan take on Kobe on Sunday in the next league fixture. Shonan have collected 8 points in 9 home games to date (2 wins, 2 draws, 5 defeats; goal difference 9:13).
Kobe: Average side (Recent Form: LWWDWD)
Kobe sit on 13th position in the standings with 21 points (6 wins, 3 draws, 9 defeats; goal difference 29:31). They are now 4 points ahead of the relegation zone, whereas Kobe are 21 points short of 3rd Kawasaki (AFC Champions League qualification). Their recent form is fine – 2 wins, 2 draws, 1 defeat in last 5 games in J-League. Meanwhile, they beat Kitakyushu (4:0) in round of 64 in Emperors Cup. Now it’s time for an away encounter. Kobe have collected 10 points in 10 matches on the road (3 wins, 1 draw, 6 losses; goal difference 13:17).
THE BETTING VERDICT:
Summing up, it looks like this might be an interesting clash with a couple of goals. In fact, both Shonan and Kobe are in danger of relegation and they both need the 3 points so perhaps this may be an open match.
Shonan VS Kobe
O/U Pick: over 2.75 goals