Gamba Osaka hosts Vissel Kobe in round 22 of the Japanese J1 League. The match will be played on Wednesday, July 21st at Panasonic Stadium Suita (Suita)
Gamba Osaka is far from the shape it had in the previous season. Let’s recall that the club won silver medals in the championship. Yes, Nerazzurri did not shine with high production, but only goals in 16 rounds of the current championship are a simply awful result. Ademilson's departure to China cannot be called one of the main reasons for such an unsuccessful performance, and one victory and only three goals scored in the first 11 rounds led to a change of the head coach. The results in the J1 League became much better, and the Champions League matches against the opponents from weaker championships helped Nerazzurri believe in themselves and feel the taste of victories. In the last round, Gamba Osaka beat Fukuoka away with a minimum score. Patric scored the only goal in the 85th minute of the game.
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Previously, Vissel Kobe did not climb above the 7th line in the J1 League standings, and this year Andreas Iniesta's club intends to celebrate the best performance in the country's top division. While the upcoming opponent was playing the Champions League games, the men of Miura earned three points in the matches against Yokohama (5-0) and Shonan Bellmare (3-1), defeated Tokushima in the Emperor's Cup (1-0), and tied against Cerezo Osaka in the last away round (1-1). Furuhashi scored the only goal for Vissel Kobe. He was the top scorer of the club in the previous season, and now he is the best scorer in the overall standings of the current championship.
The hosts have a 6-game margin from four teams that are above them in the standings. And due to the quality of the squad, it is unlikely that Gamba will leave the elite division. Vissel Kobe is fighting for getting into the top three, and scoring in the next matches is the unifying goal for the opponents. As for the upcoming game, I do not expect a large number of goals due to the weak conversion of Gamba Osaka. Moreover, Vissel Kobe has a quite good defensive line. However, the visitors will also not manage to score a lot. Therefore, I recommend betting on Under 2.5 goals scored.
Prediction for the match: Under 2.5 goals scored