Wednesday, June 27, 2012


Seattle Sounders were well backed yesterday and ran out 1-0 winners in what was an ill tempered affair, with fists flying at the final whistle.

A LOT of you also got to see a copy of my daily notes today, as I sent out a host of free copies, I wrote this about the morning J-League fixtures.....


Just a few notes and some team news about the J-League games which kick off at 11.00 UK time today.

Injury problems starting to build up for Tokyo,  starting defender Kosuke Ota is out and key midfielders Yohei Kajiyama who left the field injured at the weekend and Maohiro Ishikawa who has missed the last two starts are both big doubts, the pair have 34 starts with five goals ( two of only five squad players with more than a single J-L goal) and seven asists between them are going to be sorely missed if they fail to make it, especially as fringe midfielders Otake and Tanabe and also unavailable.

No such problems for Reysol, infact, they are boosted by the return from supsension of Tatsuya Masushima, the central defender is one of the first names on the team sheet and will be very motivated returning to the club where he started his career.

Both will probably look to win this game in hand as three points would take the hosts up to 3rd and Kashiwa, who are defending champions, possibly into seventh, the visitors look to be cranking up through the gears and have taken 13 points from a possible 15. Tokyo were terrible in a loss to Yokohama after the break, before beating Cerezo Osaka at the weekend, but their opponent had played three times since the return to domestic football and were a little drained. If you see confirmed news pre kick off and Kajiyama and Ishikawa both miss out, I would be very keen on Reysol.


There are normally goals when these two meet, last 20 h2h matches have averaged 3.75 goals, with both teams on the scoresheet on 38 of the 40 occasions in that sequence, both teams have finally found some goals in recent weeks and this trend looks set to continue. Three points would take Nagoya into the top 4 and Gamba, who have finished top 3 in seven of the last eight seasons, to within one point of safety at the foot of the table, they currently trail Omiya by four points and have a tough sequence of fixtures on the horizon .

For Gamba key right sided defender Akira Kaji remains out, Grampus are still without midfielders Isomura and Nakamura, but that have had only limited playing time this season, Keiji Tamada( 3 goals, 3 assists) missed the last two games and is a doubt along with Danilson the Columbian holding midfielder.

Nagoya would like to win, but even at this stage of the season, it is starting to look vital for Gamba to get something from this one. If Tamada and Danilson miss out for the visitors, the hosts might take all three points, but it won't be with a cleansheet. Goals look very likely.

Kajiyama and Ishikawa both failed to make the line up and Reysol won 1-0, who scored I hear you ask .... Tatsuya Masushima !

Goals came in the Gamba- Grampus match, four in total, three inside the opening 25 minutes .

The info on these three games are not even official selections , the daily notes are a "must have" if you are betting on a regular basis....... come on guys, you know it makes sense, take the plunge, before it is too late !

Good Luck.


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