Kawasaki v Cereza Osaka – Betting Preview
Kawasaki host Cerezo Osaka in the fifth round of J-League, and they will be seeking a win which would see them league the opponent and up until around midtable.
They have struggled so far at this early stage in the season, sitting in 14th place in the league.
Kawasaki has won once from the opening four matches. However, that win was a very promising and impressive one, coming on the road at 4th placed Kashima.
Unlike their visitor whose matches has seen 3 or more goals (overs) in every round so far, Kawasaki has been involved in a combination of low scoring games as well as high scoring ones. (over 2.5 goals).
Their matches have been evenly split between under 2.5 goals and over 2.5 goals. The most recent match was the lowest scoring affair, dropping to a 1-0 defeat to 3rd place Albirex Niigata.
Cereza Osaka Summary
Cereza Osaka got their first win of the J-League season with a 2-1 win against Sagan Tosu last weekend.
The one eye catching aspect of their matches from a betting perspective is that they are averaging above 2.5 goals per game.
They opened the season with a 2-2 draw and then each other game has been 2-1, with two losses followed up by last weekend’s victory by the same score.
This is a winnable looking game against a team one spot beneath them in the table. They are however sat on the same number of points as their host Kawasaki, so it is no walkover.
Cereza is hoping to beat or at least match last season’s finish of 6th place. They start this round in 13th place.
Looking at the 1×2 market first. Kawasaki is the favourite @ 1.95 to win. Cereza is priced @ 3.75 to win and the draw is @ 3.50.
Moving onto the Asian handicap betting for this contest. The home side Kawasaki gives away a -0.5 start @ 1.93. Cereza with the draw onside is @ 1.89.
Looking at The Under/Over goal betting last of all, which could be interesting. The line is set at 2.50, the Over is @ 1.87 and the Under is @ 1.90.
The visitor so far this season has seen their games averaging above 2.5 goals, and one can expect the host go for it more here. Over is a definite preference.