Jubilo Iwata vs Omiya Ardija prediction

⚽️ Japan J2-League - 09 Sep 2023 - 13:00
Preview by Kiyotake
Iwata, currently in 2nd place in the league, is hosting Omiya, who are at the bottom of the standings and in search of a turnaround. The visiting team, Omiya, has had a very poor season but has shown some signs of improvement in recent weeks. In their last 8 matches, they have secured 2 wins, 4 draws, and suffered 2 losses. While there is still a 7-point gap between them and safety from relegation, they seem determined to continue fighting until the last minute. In the previous week, they drew 1-1 with a late conceded goal in an away match against Yamagata. They will be looking to earn points in this match as well. On the other hand, the home team, Iwata, is still in second place in the league. I say "still" because despite earning only 1 point in their last 2 matches, they have managed to hold on to their position due to the 3rd-placed team, Shimizu, drawing their last 2 matches in a row. Iwata has conceded 4 goals in their last 2 matches, indicating defensive issues within the team. On this pitch, just as in 3 of the last 4 matches played between these two teams, I believe that both teams, eager for victory, will surpass the 2.5 goal mark.