The J1 League is back in action with another round of matches as Vissel Kobe takes on Kashiwa Reysol on Wednesday. Both teams have had contrasting fortunes in recent weeks and will want to ramp up in this game.
Kashiwa Reysol currently sits fifth in the J1 League table and has been quite impressive this season. The visiting team beat Sagan Tosu to a 1-0 win last week and will be looking to achieve a similar result in this fixture.
Vissel Kobe, meanwhile, currently sits 16th in the table and has endured a tough campaign so far. The hosts beat Jubilo Iwata by a 1-0 margin in their previous game and will be confident heading into this game.
Vissel Kobe vs Kashiwa Reysol head to head
Kashiwa Reysol have a good record against Vissel Kobe and have won 19 of the 31 games played between the two teams. Vissel Kobe managed 10 wins against Kashiwa Reysol and will look to reduce the deficit on Wednesday.
The previous meeting between the two teams took place last month and ended in a 3-1 victory for Kashiwa Reysol. Vissel Kobe was outplayed that day and has a point to prove this week.
Vissel Kobe form guide in the J1 League: WWWLL
Kashiwa Reysol form guide in the J1 League: WLLW
Vissel Kobe vs Kashiwa Reysol Team News
Noriaki Fujimoto and Sergi Samper are injured at the moment and have been ruled out of this game. Vissel Kobe is unlikely to make any drastic changes to his squad for this game.
Injured: Noriaki Fujimoto, Sergi Samper
Kazuya Yamamura, Daiya Tono and Yun Yamane are recovering from injuries and will not be able to feature in this game. Kashiwa Reysol will have to field his best team against an in-form opponent this week.
Injured: Kazuya Yamamura, Daiya Tono, Yun Yamane
Vissel Kobe vs Kashiwa Reysol Predicted XI
Vissel Kobe Predicted XI (4-2-3-1): Hiroki Iikura; Tetsushi Yamakawa, Ryuho Kikuchi, Yuki Kobayashi, Gotoku Sakai; Hotaru Yamaguchi, Yuya Nakasaka; Yutaro Oda, Andres Iniesta, Koya Yuruki; Yoshinori Mutō
Kashiwa Reysol predicted the XI (3-4-2-1):Masato Sasaki; Yuji Takahashi, Takumi Kamijima, Taiyo Koga; Takuma Ominami, Takuto Kato, Keiya Shiihashi, Sachiro Toshima, Hiromu Mitsumaru; Matheus Savio, Tomoya Koyamatsu
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Vissel Kobe vs Kashiwa Reysol Prediction
Vissel Kobe has shown tremendous improvement over the past week and won their last three league matches. The hosts have an experienced squad and will need to maintain their momentum to avoid relegation this year.
Kashiwa Reysol has been impressive so far but has been pretty inconsistent this month. The two teams are tied on paper and could share the spoils on Wednesday.
Prediction: Vissel Kobe 2-2 Kashiwa Reysol