Shimizu S-Pulse vs Cerezo Osaka by Alexis1016

Shimizu-S-Pulse
VS
Cerezo-Osaka
Football - Japan - J-League

 

After the departure of Iranian coach Afshin Ghotbi, Shimizu S-Pulse looks pretty poor and their shape it's also poor, with 4 defeats in a row and a lot of goals conceded. Defender Jakovic recovered from his injury and he is back in training. Anyway, I don't think the return of the Canadian defender will solve the defensive problems of Shimizu. Another foreign defender, Calvin Jong-a-Ping is injured.

 

On the other hand, Cerezo showed some improvements in the last games and in the last round they defeated the league leaders Urawa Red Diamonds, 1-0 at home. Cerezo has also some important players who will miss this game. Captain

 

Hotaru Yamaguchi will miss the rest of the season through injury, while defender Maruhashi and central midfielder Aria Jasuru Hasegawa are suspended. The talented youngster Takumi Minamino is on international duty. Even without Minamino, Cerezo remains very strong up front, especially as Diego Forlan was returned to the training after he missed the last game due to a minor injury. Also, the Brazilian Cacau finally showed his quality and he scored two nice goals in the past two games with two nice shoots from distance. The Brazilian had some minor medical problems, but isn't nothing serious and he should be fit for this game.

 

With Forlan and Cacau up front, Cerezo should score twice here, especially as the defense of Shimizu doesn't look great.

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Pick Bookmaker Odds Stake Result
Cerezo Over 1.5 Bet365 2.10 9 3-0 LOST (-9 units)
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