Vissel Kobe play Shimizu S-Pulse in the J League 2022 at the Noevir Stadium in Kobe on Wednesday, July 6. The match will start at 3:30 PM IST (Indian Standard Time). 

Vissel Kobe face the prospect of relegation and are currently bottom of the J League 2022 points table with 14 points. Yoshinori Muto scored a late second-half brace in the last league game as Vissel Kobe beat Sagan Tosu by a 2-0 scoreline. Yoshinori Muto is also their top goal-scorer in the competition with five goals.

Shimizu S-Pulse have lost four of their last six matches in J League 2022, winning only once in that period. Their away form has also been poor this season with two wins in nine matches in this tournament. The visitors are now in the relegation zone with 17 points. Shimizu have the worst defence in the league and have conceded 31 goals in J League 2022.

Vissel Kobe vs Shimizu S-Pulse J League 2022 odds

Parimatch odds: Vissel Kobe: 1.91, Shimizu S-Pulse: 3.90, Draw: 3.65

Betwinner odds: Vissel Kobe: 1.95, Shimizu S-Pulse: 3.78, Draw: 3.66

Betway odds: Vissel Kobe: 1.95, Shimizu S-Pulse: 3.75, Draw: 3.40

10CRIC odds: Vissel Kobe: 1.94, Shimizu S-Pulse: 3.85, Draw: 3.54

Note: Odds are subject to change. Please visit betting sites to check and confirm the latest odds.

Vissel Kobe vs Shimizu S-Pulse head-to-head

Vissel Kobe and Shimizu S-Pulse have faced each other on 39 previous occasions. The hosts have won 18 matches, visitors have won 14 while seven matches have ended drawn.

The last five head-to-head encounters have seen two Vissel Kobe wins, two draws and one win for Shimizu S-Pulse. The last match between these two at the Noevir Stadium ended in a 1-1 draw. 

Vissel Kobe vs Shimizu S-Pulse probable starting lineups

Vissel Kobe: Hiroki Ilkura (goalkeeper); Tetsushi Yamakawa, Ryuho Kikuchi, Yuki Kobayashi, Gotoku Sakai; Hotaru Yamaguchi, Kento Hashimoto; Daiju Sasaki, Andres Iniesta (captain), Yuya Osako; Yoshinori Muto.

Shimizu S-Pulse: Shuichi Gonda (goalkeeper & captain); Teruki Hara, Yugo Tatsuta, Yoshinori Suzuki, Reon Yamahara; Eiichi Katayama, Ryohei Shirasaki, Kota Miyamoto, Kenta Nishizawa; Kamiya Yuta, Thiago Santana. 

Vissel Kobe vs Shimizu S-Pulse J League 2022 top picks and players to watch

Vissel Kobe: Andres Iniesta is the player to watch out for from the hosts. The veteran has made five goal contributions in J League this season. He has scored 21 goals and made 22 assists in 104 matches in this competition in five seasons. The midfielder has made the J League 2022 Team of the Week thrice already.  

Shimizu S-Pulse: Thiago Santana is the top pick from the visitors. The 29-year-old has scored five goals in 12 J League matches this season including a goal and an assist in the last game. The Brazilian also netted twice in the Emperor Cup last month.

Vissel Kobe vs Shimizu S-Pulse J League 2022 prediction

Vissel Kobe are the favourites in this encounter against Shimizu S-Pulse thanks to their better head-to-head record and Shimizu’s recent poor away record in the league.

The visitors have struggled over the last few J League matches and will find it difficult yet again to gain any points out of this match.