Kawasaki Frontale vs Urawa Red Diamonds
Competition: AFC Champions League
Date: 23 August 2017
Kick-off: 12:00 CET
This game couldn’t be coming at a better moment for Kawasaki Frontale. They have three consecutive wins in Japan’s championship playing good football, and getting all three victories rather easily. Their winning streak started at Albirex Niigata (2-0), and then they moved home, where they beat Kashima Antlers (3-1), and, last Saturday, Consadole Sapporo (2-1). It’s interesting to notice that those two goals they conceded in their last two games came in the dying minutes, both of those. In the previous round of the Champions League, back in May, they were impressive against Muang Thong United, beating them 3-1 in Thailand and 4-1 in Japan.
Urawa Reds have three consecutive wins as well, just like Kawasaki Frontale, but a closer look proves that things are not exactly the same for them. First of all, one of the three games was against Chapecoense SC, a game they won thanks to an added-time goal. Before that, they had beaten Ventforet Kofu 1-0 away from home, and last Saturday they struggled to beat FC Tokyo at home, 2-1. So, in other words, Urawa Reds’ streak is less impressive, since it’s different to beat… Kofu, or even Tokyo, than leaders of the J-League Kashima Antlers, as Frontale did. In the previous round of the Champions League, the Reds eliminated Jeju United in extra time, after losing 2-0 in Korea(!), and winning 2-0 in regular time back home. The Korean side was playing with a man less before the extra time started.
Previous 5 matches:
Kawasaki Frontale vs Consadole Sapporo 2-1
Kawasaki Frontale vs Kashima Antlers 3-1
Albirex Niigata vs Kawasaki Frontale 0-2
Kawasaki Frontale vs FC Tokyo 1-1
Kawasaki Frontale vs Júbilo Iwata 2-5
Urawa Red Diamonds vs FC Tokyo 2-1
Urawa Red Diamonds vs Chapecoense SC 1-0
Ventforet Kofu vs Urawa Red Diamonds 0-1
Urawa Red Diamonds vs Omiya Ardija 2-2
Consadole Sapporo vs Urawa Red Diamonds 2-0
Kawasaki Frontale’s next game is at Ventforet Kofu on Sunday. Same day, Urawa Reds will be visiting Shimizu SPulse. Both will be Japan JLeague games, Japan’s national league .
Kawasaki Frontale vs Urawa Red Diamonds: Head to head Stats
In terms of h2h stats two wins for Frontale, one for Urawa Reds, and two draws, in the last five head to head games in Kawasaki. Three of those five matches went over 2.5 goals.
Kawasaki Frontale vs Urawa Red Diamonds: Prediction
Kawasaki Frontale are given a slight advantage to win the game, and I agree with that. Even by just one goal, I do expect them to win.
Kawasaki Frontale vs Urawa Red Diamonds: Betting Tips
Kawasaki Frontale’s win pays 2.35, and I consider it good enough to avoid risking with special bets.
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