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Ready to go – Part 3: Predictions

5 Mar 2011(Sat)

With just hours to go now until the J. League season kicks off with, above all, an Osaka derby, it’s time to put my cards on the table. Despite an unconvincing start in the Asian Champions League, Nagoya Grampus and Kashima Antlers are surely the class of the field, and I have gone for Dragan Stojković’s men to just about clinch a second straight championship. Gamba Osaka cling onto third, mainly by virtue of the fact that no one member of the chasing pack look categorically stronger, but Cerezo drop to ninth – and possibly lower if Vegalta Sendai and Kashiwa Reysol hit the ground running – as their slim squad battles on multiple fronts. Sanfrecce Hiroshima and Urawa Reds to enjoy the most improvement, but J1 to be a tough challenge for both Avispa Fukuoka and Ventforet Kofu. Finally, Vissel Kobe will still struggle but the final relegation spot goes to Montedio Yamagata. Fans of the latter should be comforted by the fact that I nominated them for the drop in 2009 and 2010 as well.



2011 J1 table prediction

1. Nagoya Grampus

2. Kashima Antlers

3. Gamba Osaka


4. Sanfrecce Hiroshima


5. Urawa Reds

6. Kawasaki Frontale

7. Yokohama F. Marinos

8. Shimizu S-Pulse

9. Cerezo Osaka

10. Vegalta Sendai

11. Kashiwa Reysol

12. Albirex Niigata

13. Jubilo Iwata

14. Omiya Ardija

15. Vissel Kobe


16. Ventforet Kofu

17. Montedio Yamagata

18. Avispa Fukuoka

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Cerezo Osaka will be the disappointment of the season?, Great start to the derby Ozaka, Adriano Ferreira scored to Gamba Ozaka him when he played at C.Ozaka.

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