Kawasaki Frontale welcome the visitors Sydney FC in the AFC Champions League – Round 2. The match will be held on Wednesday, March, 12th, at the Kawasaki Todoroki Stadium (Kawasaki).
Bookmakers favor Kawasaki Frontale a lot, which is not quite clear. Well, they topped the last season’s table and progressed to the Asian Champions League indeed. But this campaign, though the Japanese league only kicked off, the team are not in the form yet to beat quite a solid Australian outfit that held a number of matches and demonstrate a warrior spirit. Over the span of 3 fixtures, Kawasaki attained just 3 draws and conceded to Shanghai SIPG F.C., 1:0, in the Champions League encounter held March, 6th. In our view, the coming match will be very tight for the hosts, and we don’t expect them to net a lot and register a great handicap. The head-to-head will probably turn level, and the visiting Sydney FC will not face many problems due to the traveling status; rather, they will enjoy the great Japanese weather and the sun.
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The visitors have already played 21 matches this season after which they sit 2nd in the Australian A-League standings. The team’s attack is blistering, and they net almost twice more than they miss. Sydney drawed the 1st Champions League fixture, 0:0, but surpassed the opponents by attacks and possession then. The Wednesday rivals compete in different leagues, but if we consider Sydney’s last year visit to the Japanese Kashima Antlers that ended level, 1:1, they looked as a confident middle-class side there. We think we should expect a draw in the coming match, as the hosts have no advantage at all (at this stage, at least). A competitive game is in the air.
Kawasaki do not perform as a team that finished the last year Japanese elite league first, their present form is weak. Conversely, Sydney are rather successful lately, their attack is well-knit and defense is confident. We will probably see quite a level match that will either end in a draw or a win by a minimum goal margin. In any case, our prediction of Sydney’s +1.5 handicap will pay off.
Prediction for the match: Sydney FC to win with a +1.5 handicap.