Fresh after an opening day victory (thank you very much JEF United!) @sushi_football returns to prediction action, this time taking on one of the Yokohama F.Marinos overseas lieutenants, Christopher – @Kurisu210.

As always:

  • 3 points for a correct score
  • 1 point for a correct result
  • 0 for being completely wrong

Let’s get this party started……

Kashima Antlers v Sagan Tosu

  • @Kurisu210:  2-1
  • @sushi_football: 3-1
  • Chris says: Kashima’s defence will contain Toyoda and limit his physical presence up front. The speed of the Kashima counter will expose the Sagan boys. Predicting a home win for the Antlers to make it 2 from 2 and a promising season ahead.

  • Stuart says: Kashima are the real deal this year. A routine home win on the cards here.


Kawasaki Frontale v Shonan Bellmare

  • @Kurisu210: 1-2
  • @sushi_football: 4-1
  • Chris says: I just really hope Frontale lose.

  • Stuart says: I fear for Bellmare and their talent drain this year. This could be a very long afternoon for them.


Omiya Ardija v Kashiwa Reysol

  • @Kurisu210: 0-1
  • @sushi_football: 2-2
  • Chris says: Kashiwa unlucky to lose at home against Urawa last week. This week they will exact their revenge on newly promoted Omiya. Masato Kudo leaving the Suns is a big loss, but Yuki Otsu will supply the ammo for Reysol’s chances.

  • Stuart says: This is quite difficult to call. I don’t see Kashiwa losing, but Omiya are coming off the back of a fine away win. Expect an entertaining game, but with spoils shared.


Vissel Kobe v Albirex Niigata

  • @Kurisu210: 1-1
  • @sushi_football: 1-2
  • Chris says: Kobe back at home again after a disappointing showing in defence last game, will be hoping to stay compact as a team. A scrappy scored draw on the cards for a potential early relegation 6-pointer.

  • Stuart says: Almost can’t be bothered predicting this as these teams have the look of serving us up a borefest. BUT, I’m backing Albirex to continue their good start.


Avispa Fukuoka v Yokohama F Marinos

  • @Kurisu210: 1-1
  • @sushi_football: 2-1
  • Chris says: Former YFM club legend managing against the Tricolore boys. The J1 newcomers first home game of the season should bring ferocious support. Marinos’ lack of threat up front won’t yield too many chances. Shunsuke sick with the flu in round 1 will provide the Marinos goal if he plays.

  • Stuart says: I WANT to back Fukuoka, as I think it is crucial that they get a first win under their belt. In fact, what the hell, why not? Wellington (a striker who would have been a fine fit at The Tricolore) to bag the winner.


Ventforet Kofu v Gamba Osaka

  • @Kurisu210: 2-0
  • @sushi_football: 0-3
  • Chris says: Ventforet Kofu fans beaming being on top of J1 after only 1 round of action. I’m hoping they back it up with a hard fought 2-0 win at home against the blue & black of Osaka. Cristiano will again be dangerous for the Yamanashi men.

  • Stuart says: I see a Gamba-esque performance coming sooner or later, and this is a prime spot for it. Hasegawa’s men to blow off the cobwebs and start their season properly


Urawa Reds v Jublio Iwata

  • @Kurisu210: 3-1
  • @sushi_football: 2-0
  • Chris says: The Reds will be too strong at home against a Jay Bothroyd led Julio attack. Urawa will be singing at home after the full time whistle. Welcome to J1 Nanami!

  • Stuart says: There are times and places to get your first win back in J1 – this week in Saitama doesn’t fall into either category.


Nagoya Grampus v Sanfrecce Hiroshima

  • @Kurisu210: 1-2
  • @sushi_football: 1-4
  • Chris says: Nagoya coach Ogura coming off his first professional win in the Grampus hotseat won’t be smiling at full time as Hisato Sato will bring his shooting boots and win the game with a slick brace.

  • Stuart says: Nagoya’s opening day win doesn’t mask their talent deficiencies. Hiroshima will be fuming after two defeats this week, expect them to take it out on Narazaki’s defence.


Vegalta Sendai v FC Tokyo

  • @Kurisu210: 2-1
  • @sushi_football: 0-2
  • Chris says: Tokyo will be tired after a midweek ACL win & this weekend sees them traveling away for a tough game against Sendai. Can see the Vegalta fans celebrating after full-time close to the 5th anniversary of the March 11th Tohoku Earthquake.

  • Stuart: Tokyo seem to like playing in the ACL more than the J.League, but I think this is where they open their account domestically. Despite their win at F.Marinos, I’m not overly impressed with Sendai and I think – despite how unsexy it sounds – Ryoichi Maeda will have a big say in this game.