Kawasaki Frontale vs Muang Thong United
Competition: AFC Champions League
Date: 30 May 2017
Kick-off: 12:00 CET
I expected Kawasaki Frontale to get at least a draw at Muang Thong United and the game last week to have at least three goals. The Japanese side ended up winning 3-1, being deadly offensively in the second half, when they came from behind to earn a resounding victory, which has pretty much secured them a spot in the AFC Champions League quarterfinals. Last weekend they had no game in the J-League, so they took the time to prepare as well as possible for this return leg, and basically… keep themselves focused, that’s all they need to do, stay focused, not commit football suicide. This will be enough to see them through to the next stage.
Five defeats in a row… Five… Someone needs to go really-really back in time to find the last time Muang Thong United went through such a poor form. What makes it even more impressive is that their last three defeats have been at home, conceding three goals in each game(!). Teerasil Dangda has scored ten goals in their last nine games, he even scored last week in their 3-1 defeat to Kawasaki, but he’s simply… not enough. Generally, Muang Thong United’s problem is not primarily offensive, but defensive, and it feels as if every game that passes things are getting worse and worse, instead of seeing some improvement.
Kawasaki Frontale vs Muang Thong United: Head-to-head Stats
Last week’s game in Thailand, which Kawasaki Frontale won 3-1, was the first ever between these two sides.
Kawasaki Frontale vs Muang Thong United: Prediction
Kawasaki have five consecutive wins in all competitions, conceding just one goal, that one at Muang Thong United last week. They look in such a great shape, and they are hosting a team that are at their absolute lowest, so it feels almost… obligatory to back them to win, no matter if they don’t really need to, after that 3-1 in Thailand in the first leg.
Kawasaki Frontale vs Muang Thong United: Tips
Kawasaki’s win pays just 1.36. ‘Over 2.5’ isn’t much higher, at 1.57. Combining these two, a Kawasaki victory in a game that will have at least three goals, feels like a very probable way to more than double your money. I would avoid a Kawasaki win with a clean sheet, because the score of the first game makes this match way less tight, whatever that means about how the Japanese could look defensively.