2020 Japanese J1 League – Kashiwa Reysol vs Consadole Sapporo Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is Kashiwa Reysol vs Consadole Sapporo taking place? Saturday 22nd February, 2020 – 06:00 (UK)

Where is Kashiwa Reysol vs Consadole Sapporo taking place? SANKYO FRONTIER Kashiwa Stadium

What television channel is Kashiwa Reysol vs Consadole Sapporo on? FreeSports will televise some J1 League matches this season so it is worth checking their schedule

Where can I stream Kashiwa Reysol vs Consadole Sapporo? If the match is televised on FreeSports, Premier Sport subscribers will be able to stream the match live via Premier Player. Alternatively, Bet365 customers can stream the match live on their website

Where can I get tickets for Kashiwa Reysol vs Consadole Sapporo? Ticket information can be found on each club’s official website

THE TEAM NEWS

KASHIWA REYSOL

  • After suffering relegation in 2018, Kashiwa Reysol bounced back at the first attempt of asking as the club dominated the J2 League finishing top of the table with a +52 goal difference which was thanks to the fact they scored 85 goals – 14 more than any other team.
  • 25-year-old Kenyan striker Michael Olunga was a revelation scoring 27 league goals and he ended the season in emphatic fashion as he scored eight goals in a 13-1 victory against Kyoto Sanga which broke all kinds of records, and the club will hope he can replicate that goalscoring form in the top flight now.
  • They managed to overcome Gamba Osaka 1-0 last week away from home in the cup which will give them excellent confidence coming into this league opener having beaten a team that finished seventh in the J1 League last term.

CONSADOLE SAPPORO

  • Consadole Sapporo come into the new campaign hoping to build on their 10th place finish last term and they will be aiming to improve their consistency as they failed to string consecutive wins together from the middle of May last year.
  • The highlight of their season in 2019 was their run to the J-League Cup final where they lost on penalties to Kawasaki Frontale and they outlined their intentions of another cup run last weekend as they comfortably beat Sagan Tosu 0-3 away from home.
  • Strike duo Musashi Suzuki and Jay Bothroyd combined to score 22 leagues goals last season and they picked up a goal apiece last weekend in the cup win so that partnership will be key for them once again here.

THE PREDICTION

Newly-promoted Kashiwa Reysol will be buoyed on their return to the J1 League as they welcome Consadole Sapporo to town. Their successful campaign last term was built on their attacking firepower which scored goals for fun and they will look to follow a similar blueprint in the top flight. Consadole Sapporo’s matches were incredibly difficult to predict last year as they were wildly inconsistent, but the goals frequently flowed at both ends of the pitch. Expect that trend to continue against Kashiwa in a game that should contain plenty.

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