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The J-League has two matches on Wednesday night as the four clubs who have games in hand due to their previous Asian Champions League commitments now get the chance to add another three points onto their tally.
The first match sees fourth-placed Kawasaki Frontale play host to fifth-placed Gamba Osaka, with the home side in high spirits having dumped their opponents out of the AFC just last week in a fine 3-2 away victory. Gamba though returned to winning ways last weekend, and they will be looking to avenge their recent defeat at the first time of asking.
On the same night league leaders Kashima Antlers take their 7-game winning run in the J-League to twelfth-placed Nagoya Grampus Eight with the host crowd also in buoyant mood having seen their team qualify into the AFC quarter-finals.
With both matches extremely tight to call, we are looking to make some money by staking Â£3 that that Kawasaki-Gamba match will end in a draw (9/4) and that Nagoya will dish out a rare defeat to Kashima (5/2). Should that forecast prove accurate we will scoop a satisfying Â£31.13 profit.
Almost unbelievably the European football season swings back into life this week as the first round of the EuropaÂ League qualifiers are set to play out on Thursday night. Most of the teams involved are almost complete unknowns to the majority of European football fans, however there are a splattering of bigger names involved who will all be hoping to avoid early banana-skins.
Azerbaijani champions Inter Baku travel to Slovak outfit Spartak Trnava. Spartak had a terrible end to their domestic season last year picking up just two wins in their last ten matches, and Inter will be hoping that such sluggish form will continue in the early part of this season. Elsewhere, Danish club Randers entertain Northern Irishman Linfield with the Scandinavians having finished the season with four wins and two draws in their last six home matches .