Urawa Reds vs Tokyo FC by 20legend

Urawa Reds started the second part of the season with a narrow win against 14th placed Ventforent Kofu (0-1) away from home last Saturday. They were back at the level we know them, as they enjoyed a total domination of both possession and naturally goal chances. The statistics clearly shows that it could be a lot more than 0-1, while Urawa were not able to score another against a lucky Ventforent Kofu. However, Urawa did get a very good start after the long summer-break and the three points puts them back up on a second place at the table, just three points behind the league leaders Omiya Ardija. Urawa Reds has got 9-3-2 and 30 points so far this season, but they are certainly one of the highest scoring teams in the league. They have 5-1-1 at home with 15-6 on goal difference, while they have 4-2-1 and 15-8 on goal difference away from home. Centre back Mitsuru Nagata (5/0) and striker Shinzo Koroki (14/3) will be back in the lineups for Urawa, which makes the squad fully fit, as no other players are injured or suspended.


Tokyo did not get the same start on their second part of the season as they lost to 4th placed Sanfrecce Hiroshima (0-1) at home last Saturday. They have been quite good at home (4-1-2) and an impressive goal difference here (12-5), but the results away from home is the problem so far (2-0-5) as their defensive problems are huge on the road (12-15). Tokyo is now in 8th place on the table with a total 6-1-7 and 19 points so far. They obviously got to improve their performances away from home, but the timing is not today I think. They got a lot of criticism after the loss against Sanfrecce Hiroshima, not just the result, but the way that the team played. In order to the reports, they looked like they played without enough confidence to even think that it is possible to win. Defender Kechi Koga (9/0) is suspended in this match, while defender Kazunori Yoshimoto (0/0), striker and top-scorer Hirofumi Watanabe (13/9) and midfielder Naohiro Ishikawa (7/1) are all doubtful ahead of today’s fixture.


The facts is clear in this game as Urawa is one of the best teams within this league, and their performances at home is often huge in front of their own ecstatic fans. Tokyo is was in a struggling form before the break, and seems to resume were they left off also after the break. They must hope that their top-scorer Watanabe (13/9) will be available if they are going to have a chance, but I still recon this as an impossible task for Tokyo. Urawa has been on a flow all season, and with Tokyo’s struggling form, I don’t see it impossible to continue that flow today. Urawa has 10-4-1 in both cup and league against Tokyo during their 15 meetings since 2006. I think Urawa with a fully fit squad will try to take control from the very beginning in this match, and score at least two goals in this match. With Urawa’s huge offensive powers, I think that the value of them scoring in both halves is very good. Urawa Reds to score in both halves will therefore be my pick here.

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Urawa Reds to score in both halves Marathonbet 2.54 6 2-2 LOST (-6 units)
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