Tokyo and Kawasaki Frontale meet at Ajinomoto Stadium, in a match for the 19th round of the J1 League. The two teams tied (0-0), on 23-02-2019, in the previous match for this edition of the league. At this stadium, the history of direct confrontations is favorable to the away team, which has 4 wins and 2 losses in the last 6 matches. In fact, the last time these two teams played a match at this stadium was on 24-11-2018, for the J1 League, which ended with the victory of Kawasaki Frontale by (0-2). The goals of the match were scored by K. Chinen (19 ‘) and T. Hasegawa (50’) for Kawasaki Frontale. In this match the home factor may be decisive, since both teams present considerable differences in the results obtained at home and as a visitor.
After 12 wins, 3 draws and 3 losses, the home team is currently in the 1 st position, with 39 points won. In the penultimate match, they won in a home match against Yokohama F. Marinos, by (4-2). In the last match, they won in a home match against Gamba Osaka, by (3-1). This is a team that usually makes good use of the home advantage, stronger with the help of its supporters, since in the last 30 matches they register 6 wins, 4 draws and 5 losses in away matches, with 17 goals scored and 17 conceded; against 13 wins, 1 draw and 1 loss at their stadium, with 26 goals scored and 7 conceded. For the championship, Tokyo won 27 points out of 30 possible, after 9 wins and 1 loss in the last 10 home matches. In their home league matches the most frequent result at half-time was the 0-0 (6 out of 11 matches). In 18 matches for this competition, they have conceded the first goal 7 times, but have won the first leg in 4. In the last 11 home matches for this competition there is 1 period that stands out: they have conceded 4 of their 7 goals between minutes (46′- 60 ‘).
The Tokyo comes to this game motivated, after having added another victory in the Japanese championship, the second consecutive, this time against the Gamba, by 3-1: the goals of the team were marked by Diego Oliveira and Kensuke Nagai (2). It should be noted that the local club is in first place in the league table, with 39 points, 6 more than the second, the Marinos. In this match against Kawasaki, one of the best Japanese clubs, coach Kenta Hasegawa is expected to keep the team in a 4-4-2, with Diego Oliveira and Kensuke Nagai being the most advanced men in the premises: the first one is the top gunner of Tokyo, with 10 goals scored in the championship. Outside of this game will be Suzuki and Tagawa, both with physical problems.
After 8 wins, 8 draws and 1 loss, the away team is currently in the 3 rd position, with 32 points won. In the penultimate match, they won in an away match against Jubbilo Iwata, by (1-3). In the last match, they tied in a home match against Sagan Tosu, by (0-0). This is a team that usually gets better results in away matches than at home, since in the last 30 matches they register 9 wins, 3 draws and 3 losses in away matches, with 24 goals scored and 9 conceded; against 5 wins, 9 draws and 1 loss at their stadium, with 17 goals scored and 11 conceded. For the league, Kawasaki Frontale won 19 points out of 21 possible points, after 6 wins and 1 draw in the last 7 away matches.
In this competition, he has won the last 6 games away and has not lost any of the last 7 appearances as a visitor. In their home league matches the most frequent result at half-time was the 0-1 (3 out of 7 matches). Their attack has scored regularly, since they have scored goals in 9 of the last 10 matches for this competition. In 17 matches in this competition, he never got the comeback in the 4 games in which he suffered the first goal. There is 1 period that stands out in the last 20 away matches for all competitions: they have suffered 8 of their 16 goals between minutes (76’-90 ‘).
The Kawasaki Frontale comes to this game with a draw, zero, against Sagan, adding a positive series of 13 consecutive games without losing in the Japanese championship. We remember that visitors have the best performance in this condition: 6 victories in 6 games. Despite this confidence, coach Toru Oniki must present a somewhat cautious team, waiting for the rival in his defensive midfield. Striker Yu Kobayashi deserves all the attention so far, since he has scored 6 goals in the league. There are no big absences for this game.