Urawa Reds to enter top four

Urawa Reds to enter top four

Urawa Reds is looking to continue their impressive run with a win against Shonan Bellmare with aims of making it to top four. As for Shonan Bellmare, they are aiming to get their first win since April, to escape relegation zone. These two teams are far from each other when it comes to the league table. The Reds are sitting at the fifth of the league table with 30 points, while Shonan Bellmare is at the bottom with 12 points. However, coming into this match, these two teams are actually winless, so both does not have a good momentum here. This meeting will be on June 28, 2023, at 6:30 PM (GMT+8), the Reds playing as hosts.

From the last 25 matches that these two teams played, it seems like it is the hosts who boost an advantage. They have won 12 of those matches, as opposed to the visitors’ four victories, and the remaining matches ended in draw. However, three of the last five matches that they played all ended in goalless draws. The hosts are impressive coming into this match, as they only conceded 13 goals in their last 17 matches. This puts them as one of the best defensive team in the contest this season. As for the visitors, from their 17 matches in the contest, they already scored 23 goals, despite being at the bottom. They have the highest tally among the teams at the bottom seven of the league.

Urawa Reds

J1 League: Urawa Reds
Photo courtesy of AP Photo

The Reds have been nothing but impressive this season, which puts them at the fifth of the league table. Currently, they have 30 points in their campaign, and a win here would bring them at the fourth with 33 points. Claiming the fourth spot in the league is the Reds’ main goal coming into this game. However, it is just unfortunate that they do not have a good momentum coming into this game. They were held to a 1-1 draw against Kawasaki Frontale on their last match. Due to this, they are aiming to improve their game to reach their aim for this match. All season, the Reds have been a threat to their opponents, but recently, they have stuttered. Fortunately, they have a strong squad that could make a difference in this match, which they really need.

Takahiro Akimoto, who left the second half of their previous match due to an injury is a doubt in this match. If he cannot play in this match, he will be replaced by Ayumu Ohata, joining Scholz, Hoibraten, and Ogiwara in the back.

Shonan Bellmare

J1 League: Shonan Bellmare
Photo courtesy of J League

Shonan Bellmare on the other hand is at the bottom of the J1 League, as they only have 12 points throughout their campaign. A win in this match could make them escape the bottom of the league table, climbing to the 16th with 15 points. Additionally, they are also aiming to win for the first time since early April. However, they are coming into this game from a depressing 6-0 defeat against Sagan Tosu on their last match. With that, they are looking to bounce back from this defeat to finally earn a win they have yet to experience for months. They can no longer show their dismal form if they want to escape the bottom of the league table. Their unpleasant form defensively cannot be a huge help for them, as it gives their opponents more opportunity to score goals.

Due to his muscle injury, Takuya Okamoto remains to be unavailable for Shonan Bellmare, despite missing their last two matches. Additionally, they will also be without Masaki Ikeda, who have been sidelined as well due to an injury since March.

Prediction:

Urawa Reds (2.5)
Odds: -0.94

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