Kawasaki Frontale lost the J1 League in 2022 by just two points to Yokohama F. Marinos. The team was a bit disappointed after getting so close to the champions. They thought about changing the fortunes of the current season and were looking to once again lift the title. Kawasaki last won the title in 2021. However, things didn’t start the same way as the team thought, and they have made a poor start to the season. Kawasaki Frontale started the season with a loss and then won the second match. In the last three matches, the team has only collected two points, which leaves them 14th in the league table. We now take a look at some of the stats that show why the team has struggled in the current season.
Struggles in front of the goal
Kawasaki Frontale started the season against last season’s champions. They lost the match 2-1 at home. In the second match, Kawasaki scored two goals. After adding four goals in the first three games, the team has failed to register one in the previous two games. This is one of the biggest struggles facing the Kawasaki Frontale side.
The team averages 33.6 positional attacks and 1.6 counterattacks per match. They take 11 shots on average per match and have a 29.1% accuracy rate. By looking at the above xG map, we can observe that Kawasaki players have been inaccurate with some of the chances that they got in front of the six-yard box. This lower conversion rate has led to a poor start.
Kawasaki Frontale keeps 62.32% of the ball possession in the match. They attempt 637.6 passes and have a good accuracy rate of 86.1%. By looking at the above viz we can observe that two-shot assists have been converted. The rest of the passes have found a teammate but the shots have failed to find the back of the net.
Indiscipline in defence
Kawasaki Frontale’s defence has kept one clean sheet and that was in their goalless draw in the previous match. One of the reasons behind the early struggles is the indiscipline shown by the players in some of the matches. Frontale players have been sent off twice. The first red card was shown in the first match and the other in the next match. The win percentage for duels is decent at 62.1% for defensive duels and 45% for aerial duels. But the players commit 12.4 fouls per match and a few free-kicks came in the final third of the opposition. They need to tighten their defence and look to give away fewer fouls.
As per the 1×2 betting odds, Kawasaki Frontale’s odds rate will rise due to their current form. However, it will be on the lower side against teams that are ranked below them or against those teams that finished below them last season. As for the over/under lines, the under lines are thriving in their matches.
Kawasaki Frontale will look to return to winning ways after the International break. They are a winning team and will look to contest for the league title.
Visuals via TFA data viz engine