Kyoto Sanga vs Tochigi by Alexis1016
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Kyoto Sanga is a promotion contender, last year they missed the tickets for J 1 in the decisive match of the play-offs. Sanga lost in the winter two key players from the last season, the defenders Jun Ando and Yuta Someya, both sold to Cerezo Osaka, Anyway, in the place of Ando they brought Yosuke Ishibitsu from Nagoya Grampus, a good right-back with some experience in the J League. So, just one important loss for Sanga. A good addition to the squad it's the experienced striker Masashi Oguro, who is a former japanese international and he replace last season top scorer Kazuki Hara, who was sold to a weaker side than Sanga, Giravanz Kitakyushu. Also, another experienced striker was brought in the winter, the brazilian Alessandro (he already scored a goal in the first round of the season, but in the second game of the season didn't played, so it's possible may not be able to play in this game, I haven't read any news about a possible injury). Anyway, with or without Alessandro, Sanga remains a strong team. The left-back Te-Song Hwang is injured.
On the other hand, Tochigi began very well this season with a victory and a draw, but they are more weaker than last season and that because they lost in the winter 3 key players. So, 3 brazilians guys left the team at the end of the last season, the defensive midfielder Paulinho, the offensive midfielder Cristiano and the striker Sabia. Cristiano and Sabia were essential players for Tochigi and both scored 16 goals in the last season. Paulinho played only 23 games in the last season, but that because of a injury, he normally was a regular starter for Tochigi. The team trained by Yuji Sakakura wasn't impressive in the transfer period, they brought some youngsters and the best addition to the squad is the experienced striker Tetsuya Okubo, who was the top scorer of Yokohama FC, but that's all for they.
In the last season, Kyoto Sanga didn't managed to defeat Tochigi, but now the things are different and the away side is more weaker. In this conditions, I expect a Sanga win here.
|Kyoto -0.5 (AH)||Sbobet||2.13||7||0-0 LOST (-7 units)|
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