Urawa Red Diamonds vs. Yokohama FC
Saitama Stadium, Saitama.
29.09.23 at 12:30
Urawa Red Diamonds will welcome Yokohama FC to the Saitama Stadium in the 29th round of the J1 League.
Urawa Reds will seek to extend their winning run in the league to two matches, a feat that looks achievable as they take on a side they have maintained overt superiority over in head-to-head meetings.
Let's have a look at the latest J1 League predictions between Urawa Red Diamonds vs. Yokohama FC, probable lineups, match facts and betting odds for you to consider!
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Urawa Red Diamonds
Urawa Red Diamonds finally halted their two-match winless run in the league, where draws against Albirex Niigata (1:1) and Kyoto Sanga (0:0) slowed down their progress in the standings by getting back to winning ways at the expense of Gamba Osaka away from home.
Despite conceding the first goal in the 17th minute, José Kanté restored parity twelve minutes later, though hopes of making it a second were dashed as he received his marching orders in the second half. However, that didn't stop his side from seeing off the job, as second-half goals from Bryan Linssen and Toshiki Takahashi steered them to a 3-1 triumph.
The Urawa Reds have been absolutely phenomenal when playing at home, where they currently find themselves riding on the back of a nine-match unbeaten run, recording five draws and four wins since a 2-0 loss against Sagan Tosu on May 10th. It's also worth noting that they have managed to park the bus steadily, keeping four consecutive clean sheets.
They currently occupy third place with 49 points and are two points ahead of fourth-placed Nagoya. Their aspirations for a first-place finish are hindered by a six-point deficit.
Probable Starting XI
S. Nishikawa; T. Akimoto, M. Hoibraten, A. Scholz, H. Sakai; K. Iwao, A. Ito; T. Sekine, Y. Koizumi, T. Okubo; B. Linssen
Yokohama FC made the trip to Denka Big Swan Stadium to face off against Albirex Niigata, where they completely had the odds stacked against them in their bid to get back on track after dropping points in a 3-1 defeat.
Niigata were ahead in the opening six minutes, though they did manage to peg back their opponents with an equalizer nineteen minutes later through Yuri Lara's goal. However, things turned for the worse in the second half as they conceded two goals, which was confirmation of their defeat.
Yokohama FC have been in poor form when playing away from home, as they are winless in seven matches, recording five losses and two draws. This is also the same side that is currently on a two-match losing streak in this fixture, meaning nothing much can be expected from them in this one.
They currently occupy seventeenth place with 22 points in the standings and are one point ahead of eighteenth-placed Shonan Bellmare, embroiled in the relegation zone. Four points separate them from sixteenth-placed Kashiwa Reysol.
Probable Starting XI
K. Nagai; K. Iwateke, B. Nduka, M. Souza Moraes; T. Kondo, Yuri, S. Inoue, T. Yamane; K. Ogawa, R. Yamashita; S. Ito
- Urawa Red Diamonds are currently on a nine-match unbeaten run in all competitions.
- Yokohama FC has conceded a goal in twelve of their thirteen away matches in the J1 League.
- Urawa Red Diamonds averages 1.46 goals per game when playing at home, and Yokohama FC averages 0.69 goals per game when playing away.
In the last nine meetings, Urawa Red Diamonds have won six times, Yokohama FC have won two times, and there have been one draw, with the goal difference being 12-5 in favor of Urawa Red Diamonds.
Expert Betting Tips
Urawa Red Diamonds are on a five-match unbeaten run in this fixture, recording four wins and a draw while keeping four clean sheets in the process. They should be too strong for their opponents in this one, where their dominance is expected to steer them to another three points.
Yokohama FC are not expected to pose a great challenge in this encounter, and their chances of walking away with a positive outcome appear slim. They have won one of their last four away matches in this fixture alongside three losses, and nothing much can be expected from them other than a convincing loss.
Recent trends and results suggest that this will turn out to be a low-scoring affair as the total has exceeded 2.5 goals in two of their last nine meetings, while taking into account that at home, the Urawa Red Diamonds have gone under in six of their seven matches in the league. As such, we anticipate the total to go under 2.5 goals.
- Total - Under 2.5 for 2.01
- Both Teams To Score - No for 1.85
- Corners - Under 10 for 2.00