Kashiwa Reysol vs Kitchee
Competition: AFC Champions League
Date: 6 March 2018
Kick-off: 11:30 CET
Kashiwa Reysol were considered favourites to beat Tianjin Quanjian at home two weeks ago, but I backed the visitors to earn at least a draw, and the game ended 1-1, with Kashiwa getting equalised in the 88th minute. They missed more chances than Tianjin, they even missed a penalty in the first half, generally they looked more… threatening, but at the end of the day, always, what counts the most is how many goals you’ve scored, and Kashiwa struggled in that… department. Cristiano, their Brazilian striker, is the one who missed the penalty, but scored in the second half. Actually, when he first tried to control the ball inside the box, he mishit it, it went too high, but his strike right after that was impressive. One win and one defeat for Kashiwa in their two J-League games the last 10 days.
Two defeats, no goals scored, nine conceded, the group stage is going the way some… feared at Kitchee, as the team seem unable to compete with sides from China, Korea, Japan. It sort of acts as a “told you” for people in Asia’s East who claim that Hong Kong are very… flattered to have a team enter the AFC CL group stage without playing qualifiers. Kitchee won both games in their championship after that 6-0 home humiliation by Jeonbuk Motors two weeks ago, won both matches, and are sitting comfortably at the top of the table, 11 whole points above second-placed Pegasus (having played an extra game, though).
Previous five matches:
Kashiwa Reysol vs Yokohama F. Marinos 2-0
Vegalta Sendai vs Kashiwa Reysol 1-0
Kashiwa Reysol vs Tianjin Quanjian 1-1
Jeonbuk Motors vs Kashiwa Reysol 3-2
Kashiwa Reysol vs Muang Thong United 3-0
Wofoo Tai Po vs Kitchee 1-4
Kitchee vs R&F 3-1
Kitchee vs Jeonbuk Motors 0-6
Tianjin Quanjian vs Kitchee 3-0
Warriors vs Kitchee 1-5
Kashiwa Reysol’s next game is on Saturday, again at home, versus Cerezo Osaka (Japan championship). Kitchee’s next game is against Kashiwa, next week, on Wednesday (AFC CL).
Kashiwa Reysol vs Kitchee: Head to head Stats
This is the first game ever between these two.
Kashiwa Reysol vs Kitchee: Prediction
Kashiwa Reysol’s win pays practically nothing, 1.10. To make something out of this match, one way is to gamble with how many goals will be scored, counting on Kitchee’s vulnerability due to their far inferior roster (to that of the other group teams).
Kashiwa Reysol vs Kitchee: Betting Tips
“Over 3.5 goals” is at 1.60. Pushing it, “over 4.5” pays 2.25, it’s obviously a bigger risk, but one that pays considerably better than “over 3.5”.
More AFC Champions League betting tips and match previews:
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