Urawa Red v Cereza Osaka – Betting Preview
Urawa Reds Summary
It has been a very disappointing start to the season for the Urawa reds in 2023.
They have been defeated in both games so far and are yet to score a goal in the campaign.
This has added pressure on them to get a positive result from the match-up with Cereza Osaka this weekend.
The Reds finished in a respectable ninth position in the previous season, although they finished the season in a slump and so far, it appears that bad form has continued into this year.
The Urawa Reds are deemed to have the most expensive squad in the J-League at the time of writing. And with this and their recent history in mind, they will expect to do much better than they are so far. Ideally, stemming from a win in this Round three match.
Cereza Osaka Summary
Cereza Osaka is yet to win a game since the new season began but have been involved in two open matches so far.
This negative start to the season was a continuation from the 2022 campaign.
In that year, although they finished in a respectable 6th spot at the end of the term, they only won one of their last six matches.
Looking at the new campaign now, where they opened with a 2-2 draw a home to Albirex Niigata.
That entertaining draw was followed up by a disappointing slump in Avispa Fukuoka which was the following contest on the road. There, they dropped to a 2-1 loss which sits fresh in their mind coming into this match.
The squad has a reasonably good blend of domestic based Japanese players and some outfield experience from around the globe.
They have two South Korean keepers, two respected Brazilian attacking men and a Belgian midfielder all in their 2023 squad.
Looking at the 1×2 market first. The Urawa Reds is the favourite to win this game @ 2.20. The draw is @ 3.20 while Cerezo Osaka getting a win is the outside of the three @ 3.25
Moving onto the Asian handicap betting for this contest. Urawa Reds give away a -0.25 start @ 1.93. Cerezo Osaka +0.25 is @ 1.89.
Looking at The Under/Over goal betting last of all. The goal line for this match has dropped from 2.5 down to 2.25, just indicating that punters remain reserved about the prospect of goals.
Over is @ 1.87 and the Under is @ 1.91.
Should it end with exactly 2 goals then the stake is split between a half push and half win if the punter went on unders, or a half loss and half push if the punter opted for overs.
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