Kawasaki Frontale v Kashima Antlers, J-League, July 5, 2009
This match pits first-place against second in the J-League in a match that should be worth watching. This games is also a great opportunity for Kawasaki Frontale to try and close the eight point gap on the Antlers at the top of the table.
Both teams have continued the fine form they showed last season when the Antlers won the league three points ahead of Kawasaki Frontale (pictured). Having scoop the title for the past two successive seasons the Antlers are without question the big dog in Japanese football and they already look like the front-runners this season too. So far this term Kashima have claimed an incredible 38 points out of a possible 45 and if they continue in this manner they will win a third championship in a row.
Up front for Kashima they can boast last yearâ€™s top goal scorer Marquinhos, who has already bagged nine goals this year. Of the local players Shinzo Koroki is one of the most promising stars in the team with the 22-year-old attacking midfielder having scored eight goals so far this season. Koroki is quick and has good technique, who is known for his tenacity and never-say-die attitude.
For Kawasaki Frontale. more than 90% of the goals that the team score (27 so far in the league) were scored by foreign players. Juninho, the 31-year-old Brazilian striker, has scored six goals in the league and another two in the AFC Champions League. There other Brazilian striker Renatinho has chipped in with eight goals in all competitions while Korean forward Chong Tese has scored bagged eight goals this term.
In the previous game between both teams in the J-League in September 2008 the match finished 1-1, Marquinhos scored for Antlers with Hiroyuki Taniguchi leveling the score.
101predicts: Kawasaki Frontale 1 – Kashima Antlers 2