Gamba Osaka suffered a 2-1 lost to FC Tokyo last Sunday. The defending champions will take on Jeonbuk Motors in the Asian Champions League quarterfinals next Wednesday. However, I do think they will stick with their attacking approach. Striker Takashi Usami has scored in 3 matches in a row and I believe he has a good chance to find the back of the net again this Saturday.
Gamba captain Yasuhito Endo is just 2 shy of reaching the 100 career league goals milestone. It will be an incredible achievement for a midfielder. I’m sure the veteran will fight hard to write his name into the record books.
Shimizu S-Pulse settled for a 1-1 home draw with Albirex Niigata last Sunday. The Shizuoka team have been handed a huge blow as key centre back Dejan Jankovic is injured. It’s just next to impossible for them to keep a clean sheet this week.
I reckon this will be a high-scoring match.
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