Urawa Reds have their title challenge back on track and now only trail leaders Gamba Osaka by 5 points, with a game in hand.
They put in a very strong performance in the 2-0 home win over Vissel Kobe, creating many chances, which included a missed penalty and being denied more goals, by an inspired performance from the Kobe goalkeeper.
Striker Tanaka has scored in each of his two matches since returning from a long term injury and he seems the key to their change in fortune. Reds coach, Holger Osieck was pleased with their last outing ......"Now we are back on track and have got back to a good standard of performance," he said."That is actually what we have got to do. We have big targets.
We had a series of games where we could not gain the three points and now it is about time that we are getting back to a winning streak."But it is not only to win the games, it is how you play -- and I think our performance level has risen recently. That is quite satisfactory for me and still there is room for improvement. We have still got to do some stuff, but we have made some decent progress. I am pretty sure that the future will show that we still can get up a little bit more."
Unbeaten on the road with a 4-3-0 record, they travel to play Shimizi, who have won just once in 5 starts. Reds will have positive expectations, having won on two of the last three visits and have lost just once, in 8 h2h meetings.
5.5 points Urawa Reds -1/4 ball 2.04 asian line.