Avispa v Kashiwa – Betting Preview
Avispa bounced back from an opening-day loss against Kobe in round one of the J-League.
They worked hard to carve out the first win of the new season last weekend, defeating Osaka 2-1 in front of their support.
Losing against Kobe, a club that has won both of their games so far doesn’t look like bad form at first glance. However, it was an opponent around their level of themselves and they wanted to get the victory.
Kobe is a club that finished one spot above them last season in the J-League.
Avispa ended the 2022 season strongly but still ended up in 14th place, just two points above the drop zone.
The home side has a largely domestic-based squad with just three foreigners, all offensive-minded Brazilians.
This South American contingent includes 35-year-old centre forward Wellington, who has experience in La Liga with clubs including Malaga and Levante, though he was never a regular there.
Kashiwa has begun the season with two fairly scoring draws, averaging 3 goals a game at this early stage in the campaign.
Indeed, they are a club in the league which tends to be involved in the more entertaining games with goals at both ends.
This trend continued at the beginning of the 2023 season, drawing 1-1 to Tokyo and 2-2 with Gamba Osaka.
Kashiwa finished the previous season with a worrying string of either draws or losses. And with that, the number of league matches without a win now stands at 12 which includes the back-to-back draws this season.
This is a big concern but their focus will be getting victories now to kickstart this campaign in the best possible way.
The squad of Kashiwa in this round-three match is largely made up of Japanese players. They also have one Dutchman and one Brazilian making up their ranks.
Looking at the 1×2 market first. The home side Avispa is @ 2.40 to win this game. Kashiwa is the outsider between the teams @ 3.20 to get the points.
Considering the visitor has drawn both games this season and they look well matched, the draw may be the value @ 3.00.
Moving onto the Asian handicap betting for this contest. Avispa is the slight favourite, giving away a -0.25 start @ 2.02.
Kashiwa +0.25 has the draw onside and they are @ 1.81. It is worth noting that although the visitor has been a long time without a league win, they also don’t lose many matches.
Looking at The Under/Over goal line last of all. The mark is at 2, with over @ 1.95 while the under is @ 1.83.
The visitor is an open team involved in entertaining games. Plus the probability this will be a match where neither has mutual respect, could lend it to be open and attacking. With this in mind, the line looks too low and so over 2 is a preference here.
Should it end with exactly 2 goals then all bets in this market are returned.