Kitchee vs Kashiwa Reysol
Competition: AFC Champions League
Date: 14 March 2018
Kick-off: 13:00 CET
It feels like Kitchee missed a great-great opportunity to earn at least a point against a big rival away from home. They were not really worse than Kashiwa Reysol last week, but they lost the game 1-0, possibly because they lacked the… determination, I think, to really “demand” something more than an “honourable defeat”. I was left with the impression that if they had believed in it a bit more, they would have left Japan with a point, taking advantage of a very poor Kashiwa Reysol performance. Their win in this match pays 12.00, even their double chance pays great, 5.50, but the thing is, will they… go for it? Last week it was proven that despite the clear difference in the quality of the two, at this particular moment, Kitchee can “steal” a point from Kashiwa, but only if they really believe in it. No game for them last weekend.
Kashiwa Reysol under-performed in their two home games in the group, drawing 1-1 to Tianjin Quanjian, and beating Kitchee 1-0, by the slightest of margins, thanks to a rather lucky goal in the second half. They are on four points, having already played two games at home, so it doesn’t look particularly good for them, especially considering their poor performances. Last weekend they drew 1-1 at home to Cerezo Osaka, They are on four points from three matches in the J-League, another competition in which they are anything but… impressing up to now. They are level on points with Tianjin Quanjian in the AFC CL group, they are still to visit them, and they are facing the weakest side of the bunch, so a win in this match is an absolute must for the J-League side.
Previous five matches:
Kashiwa Reysol vs Kitchee 1-0
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
Kashiwa Reysol vs Cerezo Osaka 1-1
Kashiwa Reysol vs Kitchee 1-0
Kashiwa Reysol vs Yokohama F. Marinos 2-0
Vegalta Sendai vs Kashiwa Reysol 1-0
Kashiwa Reysol vs Tianjin Quanjian 1-1
Kitchee’s next game is on Sunday, against Rangers (Sapling Cup). Same day, Kashiwa will be visiting Gamba Osaka (Japan championship).
Kitchee vs Kashiwa Reysol: Head to head Stats
Last week’s game was the first ever between these two.
Kitchee vs Kashiwa Reysol: Prediction
I wish I trusted Kitchee to avoid defeat, their double chance pays 5.50, but I don’t.
Kitchee vs Kashiwa Reysol: Betting Tips
I don’t usually do that, but I’m turning to Asian handicap, backing Kitchee to lose by no more than a single goal. Their +1.5 handicap pays 2.35. If you’re ok with 1.60, go for their +2.5. I really don’t trust this Kashiwa, the way they have looked lately, to beat Kitchee in Hong Kong by more than one, or, maximum, two goals.
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