Urawa Reds today face the neutral’s favourite Vegalta Sendai in a bid to stay in the title race. With six matches to play (including today), the Reds cannot afford to let competition leaders Hiroshima get any further than the current six points clear.
Travelling to Vegalta’s Yurtec Stadium should suit the Reds as they’ve made a habit of scoring on the counter this season. The locals though, have got leaders Hiroshima within grasp and they too won’t be wanting to see any further distance between them and the top. Vegalta as already mentioned on this blog are the team who have scaled Fuji in order to be where they are. The Sendai region was at the centre of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami disaster and many saw there performance last year (4th in J League) as ‘flash in the pan’ stuff. But they’re back this year and in the race for the title.
This week competition leaders Hiroshima are at home to the enigmatic Kashiwa Reysol. They should get the money there but you never know with Leandro Domingues playing for the Sun Kings. Domingues has a record for shooting on suspicion and it’s proved pretty successful for the Brazilian who was topscorer in last season’s J League when Kashiwa took out the title.