The J1 League is back in action with another set of matches as Vissel Kobe take on Kashiwa Reysol on Wednesday, July 13.
Kashiwa Reysol are currently fifth in the J1 League standings and have been fairly impressive this season. They edged out Sagan Tosu 1-0 last week and will look to achieve a similar result in this fixture.
Vissel Kobe, on the other hand, are in 16th place in the league table, having endured a difficult campaign so far. They beat Jubilo Iwata by a 1-0 margin in their previous game and will be confident ahead of Wednesday's match.
Vissel Kobe vs Kashiwa Reysol Head-to-Head
Kashiwa Reysol have a good record against Vissel Kobe, having won 19 out of the 31 matches played between the two teams. Vissel Kobe have managed 10 victories and will look to cut the deficit on Wednesday.
The previous meeting between the two teams took place last month and ended in a 3-1 victory for Kashiwa Reysol. Vissel Kobe were outplayed on the day and have a point to prove this week.
Vissel Kobe form guide in the J1 League: W-W-W-L-L
Kashiwa Reysol form guide in the J1 League: W-L-L-L-W
Vissel Kobe vs Kashiwa Reysol Team News
Noriaki Fujimoto and Sergi Samper are injured at the moment and have been ruled out of the fixture. Vissel Kobe are unlikely to make drastic changes to their team for Wednesday's clash.
Injured: Noriaki Fujimoto, Sergi Samper
Kazuya Yamamura, Daiya Tono, and Yun Yamane are recovering from injuries and will not be able to feature in the game. Kashiwa Reysol will need to field their best team against an in-form opponent this week.
Injured: Kazuya Yamamura, Daiya Tono, Yun Yamane
Vissel Kobe vs Kashiwa Reysol Predicted XI
Vissel Kobe Predicted XI (4-2-3-1): Hiroki Iikura; Tetsushi Yamakawa, Ryuho Kikuchi, Yuki Kobayashi, Gotoku Sakai; Hotaru Yamaguchi, Yuya Nakasaka; Yutaro Oda, Andres Iniesta, Koya Yuruki; Yoshinori Muto
Kashiwa Reysol Predicted XI (3-4-2-1): Masato Sasaki; Yuji Takahashi, Takumi Kamijima, Taiyo Koga; Takuma Ominami, Takuto Kato, Keiya Shiihashi, Sachiro Toshima, Hiromu Mitsumaru; Matheus Savio, Tomoya Koyamatsu
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Vissel Kobe vs Kashiwa Reysol Prediction
Vissel Kobe have shown tremendous improvement over the past week, having won their last three league matches. They have an experienced squad and will need to sustain their momentum to avoid relegation this year.
Kashiwa Reysol have been fairly inconsistent this month and will be eager to improve their game. Both teams are evenly matched on paper and could share the spoils on Wednesday.
Prediction: Vissel Kobe 2-2 Kashiwa Reysol
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