Two Consadole Sapporo players are sidelined for this match as Fukai and Julinho are unavailable because of injuries and their return date is not known at the moment. Team morale has improved after winning their last match against Vegalta, allowing Consadole to move up in the table. The hosts are still fighting for their place in J1 for another season as they are only three points above the relegation zone. However, their opponents are in very good form and Consadole will need a robust display to secure any points on Saturday, with them given a +0.25 handicap. The hosts have scored only 22 goals in 24 matches which puts their attacking department among the worst in the league. They usually do not create too many chances in their matches and are unlikely to take an attacking approach and risk an open game, as Jubilo’s attackers are in very good form, which can make going over the 2.25 goal line difficult.
Three Jubilo Iwata players will not be able to take part in the game against Consadole Sapporo as Yamamoto, Matsumoto, and Ogawa are all currently recovering from injuries, which will limit the manager’s choice to some extent. The atmosphere is really good as Jubilo remain unbeaten for four consecutive league matches and are in 6th position, 10 points behind the leaders, Kashima Antlers. The visitors are firm favorites for this match as they are not only in much better form but have more potential in the team. They have good chances of finishing the league in one of the top positions, therefore, they will be determined to secure a victory and the -0.25 handicap seems to be of really good value. Jubilo striker, Kawamata, is amongst the best attackers in the league and has scored 10 goals in the current season. The visitors prefer a balanced/attacking approach and tend to create a good number of scoring chances in their games. An early goal would significantly help them to open the game and beat the 2.25 total goals line.
Verdict & Prediction
The atmosphere in the team is really good after beating Vissel Kobe in the last league match. Jubilo are currently in 6th position, being 10 points behind the current leaders. The visitors are firm favorites for this match as they are not only in much better form but have more potential and experience in every department. Any other result than three points would be considered as a huge disappointment.
Prediction: Jubilo Iwata +0.00 Asian Handicap (same as Draw no bet option)
Odds: 1.73 SBOBET, 1.72 Pinnacle