The J1 League is back in action on Saturday with one of the most exciting fixtures of the season as a high-flying Kawasaki Frontale side lock horns with Yokohama FM at the Nissan Stadium. Both sides have top-four aspirations this season and their fortunes will rely heavily on the result of this weekend's game.
Yokohama FM go into this game on the back of a disappointing 3-3 draw against Vissel Kobe last week. The home team squandered a two-goal lead in stoppage-time and will want to move on from its defensive collapse. Yokohama are currently in sixth place in the J1 League table and can do wonders with a victory on Saturday.
Kawasaki Frontale have been the best football team in Japan in recent weeks and have an eight-point lead at the top of the J1 League table. The away side have scored an astonishing 11 goals in their last two games and go into this fixture as the undisputed favourites.
Yokohama F. Marinos vs Kawasaki Frontale Head-to-Head
Matches between Yokohama FM and Kawasaki Frontale have historically been closely contested affairs and the head-to-head record is a fair reflection of the intensity of this fixture. Of the 37 games played between the two sides, Kawasaki Frontale have a marginal advantage and have won 15 games as opposed to Yokohama's 14 victories.
Yokohama FM picked up a massive 4-1 victory against the current league-leaders in 2019 and will draw plenty of confidence from their performance on the day. Kawasaki have been in exceptional form, however, and will present an incredibly difficult challenge.
Yokohama F. Marinos form guide in the J1 League: D-W-W-W-L
Kawasaki Frontale form guide in the J1 League: W-W-D-L-W
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Yokohama F. Marinos vs Kawasaki Frontale Team News
Yokohama F. Marinos
Yokohama have a fully-fit squad at their disposal and need to be at their best to stand a chance against Kawasaki Frontale. The reigning champions are in sixth place in the league table at the moment and cannot afford to drop points this weekend.
Kawasaki Frontale will be unable to call on the services of midfielder Tatsuya Hasegawa. The Japanese star is currently recuperating from a ligament tear and has been ruled out of this fixture.
Injured: Tatsuya Hasegawa
Yokohama F. Marinos vs Kawasaki Frontale Predicted XI
Yokohama F. Marinos Predicted XI (4-2-3-1): Park Il-Gyu; Ryo Takano, Shinnosuke Hatanaka, Thiago Martins, Ken Matsubara; Takahiro Ogihara, Masashi Wada; Daizen Maeda, Marcos Junior, Naoki Matsuda; Junior Santos
Kawasaki Frontale Predicted XI (4-3-3): Jung Sung-Ryong; Kyohei Noborizato, Shintaro Kurumaya, Kazuya Yamamura, Diogo Mateus; Hokuto Shimoda, Hidemasa Morita, Reo Hatate; Manabu Saito, Leandro Damiao, Taisei Miyashiro
Yokohama F. Marinos vs Kawasaki Frontale Prediction
Yokohama have one of the most lethal attacking combinations in the J1 League and will need to score early goals to put early pressure on Kawasaki Frontale. The home side have to be wary of lapses in concentration in their own half and cannot afford to make unforced errors.
Kawasaki Frontale are arguably one of the only teams in the J1 League that can outscore Yokohama and the likes of Leandro Damiao and Reo Hatate have been excellent in the final third. Kawasaki have the upper hand in this fixture and will look to increase their lead at the top of the J1 League table with a victory on Saturday.
Prediction: Yokohama F. Marinos 1-3 Kawasaki Frontale
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