On October 31, within the framework of the 25th round of the Japanese J-1 League, the meeting “Gamba Osaka” – “Sapporo” will take place. Will the favorite be able to beat the middle peasant on his field and move to second place in the standings? Read about it in our forecast.
“Gamba Osaka” apparently decided to challenge the leader of the championship, “Kawasaki” in terms of a brilliant playing form and a long streak without defeats, but now this may allow Tsuneyasu Miyamoto’s wards to compete only for second place, although it was difficult to imagine even such an alignment before.
After a slap in the face in the game against Shonan (0: 1), one of the outsiders, the team has seriously changed. Of their last nine matches, Gamba Osaka have won eight with only one draw. There was no fireworks in the attack, but the team had enough confident play to achieve the result: seven matches were won with a difference of one goal.
“Sapporo”, due to several victories in the previous rounds, managed to rise a couple of positions and approach the middle of the tournament table. The departure of Mikhailo Petrovich’s team is now definitely not threatened, so the players psychologically can feel more relaxed.
In October, Sapporo won three victories in five matches, losing only to Nagoya with a score of 0: 3. Success in the games against Yokohama (3: 0) and Shonana (2: 1) is not surprising, because the opponents are no stronger in class. But the victory over Kasima (1: 0) was, if not a sensation, then a surprise for sure.
Moreover, this victory was not a “bounce”, but really deserved, the opponent had absolutely no advantage in the game. So “Gamba” should not underestimate its counterpart.
In the first round “Sapporo” lost to today’s hosts with a minimum score of 0: 1;
Gamba managed to keep their goal intact in only two out of thirteen home games.
19.09.20 Sapporo Gamba Osaka 0: 1
10/13/19 Sapporo Gamba Osaka ten
09.10.19 Gamba Osaka Sapporo 2: 1
04.10.19 Gamba Osaka Sapporo 50
05/25/19 Sapporo Gamba Osaka 0: 0
“Sapporo” will try to impose the fight on the favorite, who has now scored a very decent move, but taking points away from him is a daunting task. An outsider should not rely on the rival’s mercy, he will not enter the field at ease, since Gamba’s players are well aware that it is impermissible to lose points in a game with a middle peasant, otherwise you can regret it at the end of the season.
Our prediction is the victory of “Gamba Osaka” with a handicap (0) with a coefficient of 1.64 from BC Winline.