Wednesday’s J. League Cup fixture list features Shonan Bellmare vs Júbilo Iwata.
Scroll down for all of our predictions, poll and stats for the Shonan Bellmare v Júbilo Iwata game - plus the latest betting odds.
Shonan Bellmare will be hoping for a better result following a 1-4 J1 League defeat last time out to Yokohama F. Marinos.
In that game, Shonan Bellmare had 37% possession and 22 attempts at goal with 8 of them on target. The scorer for Shonan Bellmare was Wellington (83'). Yokohama F. Marinos had 14 shots at goal with 8 on target. Kota Mizunuma (14'), Ryuta Koike (20'), Anderson Lopes (59') and Léo Ceará (91') scored for Yokohama F. Marinos.
Shonan Bellmare have really been misfiring in recent times. Their sum of goals equals just 4 vs opposing sides over the course of their last 6 fixtures. In those games, Shonan Bellmare have also seen the number of goals that have gone against them total 11. We will just have to see if that trend will end up being sustained in this game.
Júbilo Iwata will go into the encounter after a 2-1 J1 League win with the eclipse of FC Tokyo in their last fixture.
In that match, Júbilo Iwata managed 32% possession and 10 attempts at goal with 2 of them on target. For Júbilo Iwata, the goalscorers were Rikiya Uehara (43') and Naoki Kanuma (88'). For their opponents, FC Tokyo got 7 shots at goal with 4 on target. Adailton (79') was the scorer for FC Tokyo.
The stats don’t lie, and Júbilo Iwata have been scored against in 6 of their last 6 games, conceding 10 goals overall. At the back, Júbilo Iwata just haven’t been too solid at all.
Head to head
Looking over their past head to head clashes dating back to 19/05/2018 shows that Shonan Bellmare have won 3 of these games and Júbilo Iwata 2, with the number of drawn games standing at 1.
An aggregate of 10 goals were produced between them throughout the course of those matches, with 5 from Shonan and 5 coming from Júbilo Iwata. The average number of goals per game works out to 1.67.
The previous league contest between these clubs was J1 League match day 8 on 10/04/2022 which ended up with the score at Shonan Bellmare 0-0 Júbilo Iwata.
That time, Shonan Bellmare had 49% possession and 12 shots on goal with 4 on target.
At the other end, Júbilo Iwata had 9 shots on goal with 1 on target.
The match was refereed by Takuto Okabe.
Team News: Shonan Bellmare
Ryo Takahashi (Calf Strain) and Takuya Okamoto (Meniscal Injury) won’t be playing for Shonan Bellmare boss Satoshi Yamaguchi.
Team News: Júbilo Iwata
Júbilo Iwata boss Akira Ito has a number of players out of action. Daiki Ogawa (Torn Ankle Ligament) and Ryo Takano (Meniscal Injury) will not be playing here.
When taking all factors into account, Júbilo Iwata have enough to put a goal past this Shonan Bellmare lineup, however it might not quite be enough to avoid defeat.
We think that it’s going to be a tight encounter finishing with a 2-1 advantage for Shonan Bellmare after the 90. Let’s see what eventuates.
Our expert partners are tipping over 1.5 goals for this match. Check out their VIP predictions here.
⚽️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Lemon Gas Stadium Hiratsuka (15,380)
Captain: Kazuki Oiwa
Chairman: Naohito Mizutani
Manager: Satoshi Yamaguchi
Competitions: J1 League position 17, J. League Cup (Group D)
⭐ Key Player: Shuto Machino
Customarily deployed in the Striker position, Shuto Machino was born in Japan. After making a first senior appearance for Shonan Bellmare in the 2021 season, the skilful Forward has struck 2 league goals in the J1 League 2022 season to date in a total of 10 appearances.