Research is a crucial aspect of football betting. It involves reviewing the recent matchups between teams, team and individual goalscoring performance, injury updates, and other relevant information. Research cannot guarantee continuous success, but it can help bettors make informed decisions based on data, not luck and feelings. This is especially important when taking chances in the outright betting market of the 2022 J1 League.
All eyes are on Kawasaki Frontale, which lifted their fourth J1 trophy and second consecutive last 2021 season with four matches left. The current Singapore Pools football odds for the Blue and Black shirts, as of May 23, is 1.45, making them the title favourites. Defending the coveted title and, at the same time, winning their fifth in team history is imminent for the Todoroki Stadium-based squad because of the following factors:
Playing the ‘Kawasaki Way’
Toru Oniki changed the way Kawasaki Frontale plays the game. His philosophy, the “Kawasaki Way”, made the already good Azzurro Nero players even better. Optus Sport said that under Oniki’s guidance, the reigning J1 titlist had improved their defence to become a complete team. Known for its all-out attacking game style, Oniki instilled the need for ball pressure and trap defence to defeat opposing teams.
The numbers never lie. Kawasaki only conceded 30 goals per season since Oniki took the managerial position. Under previous coach Yahiro Kazama, the four-time champion, allowed 46 goals each season. Oniki and company also scored more goals than during Kazama’s time, finding the back of the net almost 71 times in contrast to the latter’s 60 goals average. Their balance in both ends became instrumental in their 2021 title run that saw them losing two games only – a record Kawasaki holds in J League history.
Goalscoring is not a problem for Kawasaki Frontale as the team loves to score, and they even struck 81 goals last season. In 2021, Leandro Damião led their offence in scoring 23 goals, paving the way for him to win the 2021 J. League Top Scorer and the Most Valuable Player accolades. Damião will suit up for Kawasaki once again and power their offensive line.
Aside from the Brazilian striker, teams must be wary of the other guys who can score. Kawasaki also has Yu Kobayashi and Akihiro Ienaga, who ended J1 2021 with impressive scoring performances. Kobayashi contributed 10 goals while Ienaga had eight under his name. These scoring stats only show how potent the titleholder is in the offence.
Other teams might find themselves in trouble if their prized players are gone, but that is not the case in Kawasaki. The squad’s youth team has become a farm of prospects for their senior team. The likes of Ao Tanaka, Ten Miyagi, and Kaoru Mitoma filled the shoes of Reo Hatate and Hidemasa Morita, who both headed to Europe. The youngsters can also learn from the team veterans, especially that six of the 11 J. League 2021 Best Eleven awardees are playing by their side.
Kawasaki also acquired the service of Chanathip Songkrasin from Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo via the league’s highest domestic transfer in J1 history. Despite playing the midfield, Songkrasin, like a forward, is capable of making shots himself and shooting long goals. His addition to the talent-laden Kawasaki side is expected to give the team more attacking options.
The reasons above can serve as valuable reference points when researching how Kawasaki Frontale can defend its J1 crown. However, these factors cannot determine their exact winning chances. Bettors must do their homework to stay updated with the latest results while analysing each team and player’s scoring capabilities. Such is crucial before taking their chances on betting on a sportsbook’s or Singapore Pools’ football odds and fixtures, as research gives them an idea of what teams to bet for
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