Game week five in the J-League this weekend and the top of the table is starting to become ever more familiar as Yokohama F Marinos boast the only perfect record in the league.
Top of the league with 12 points out of 12, Marinos are looking good going into the game with current champions Sanfreece Hiroshima this weekend. The champions are currently sitting fifth and will hope to push on as they look to defend their maiden championship. Both clubs posted impressive wins last weekend as the Marinos saw off FC Tokyo in a tight encounter 3-2, a 90th minute winner from Yoshihito Fujita, and Sanfreece found it easy going away to the current league whipping boys Shimizu S-Pulse as they stuck four past the S-Pa, Hisato Sato finally getting on the score sheet, scoring twice.
S-Pa will be hoping they can defeat a Sagan Tosu side that have drawn three of their four games this season, and to eat into that goal difference that currently stands a negative nine.
Urawa Red Diamonds, who moved into second place with a good away win at Albirex Niigata; goals coming from Tomoaki Makino and Marcio Richardes, face Jubilo Iwata who is yet to win in this edition of the J-League.
They fought out a 3-3 draw with Sagan Tosu last week coming from behind twice to deny Sagan a victory. FC Tokyo will be looking to overturn their recently poor form, losing their last two, as they face fourth placed Omiya Ardija themselves looking to finish in the top half of J1 for the first time in their history.
The squirrels as Omiya are also known defeat Kashima Antlers 3-1, who have faltered in recent weeks and face third place Cerezo Osaka this weekend and will want to get back on track so they don’t lose touch with the teams at the top.
Last season runners Vegalta Sendai have had a less than impressive start, however they face bottom side Albirex Niigata, aiming to start the climb up the league ladder.
For Albirex, they have been slightly unlucky in their first four games. Whilst on scoring two, they have only conceded six which for a club that are bottom isn’t all that bad; it just shows that they are struggling to get on the score sheet. Once they managed to do this, expect them to pull themselves to safety and mid-table security.
In other games Shonan Bellmare face Kawasaki Frontale in the battle at the bottom, as two of last season’s promotion sides Oita Trinita and Venforet Kofu also face each other in what would seem a six pointer as both teams strive to avoid a relegation fight.
Kashiwa Reysol host much improved Nagoya Grampus; a win for Reysol will see them jump Grampus, whilst a reserve to that would see Grampus move into a Champions League spot, dependant on other results.
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