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Roma vs Yokohama Marinos Predictions and Free Bets
AS Roma continues its journey across Japan to meet the new champions, Yokohama Marinos.
Roma already played one game on its trip to Japan, they managed to disappoint the fans in the country by only playing a goalless draw against Nagoya. Yokohama will be a much tougher opponent, and we can expect a higher-tempo game.
Both Teams to Score – Yes
Even though Roma failed to score against Nagoya, it feels like a game versus Yokohama will be much more open, with better scoring opportunities. The Marinos are certainly fatigued after a tough season that finished only three weeks ago and is eager to have some rest by the end of the calendar year.
Preview and general information about Roma vs Yokohama Marinos
Roma's last five league matches: LWLDD
Yokohama's last five league matches: WLLWW
Yokohama eager to impress against a top European side
Roma manager Jose Mourinho is trying to keep his players grounded and ready to work for the next few weeks before the season restarts at the start of January. It's a long way off, but Mourinho is trying to make sure his players know that this is not a summer break, it's just a break in the middle of the season, so it's easy to get complacent. The players will get some rest eventually, but for the next couple of weeks at least, the Portuguese manager will need to work hard with his players to make sure they are ready for when the season gets underway again.
Roma predicted starting lineup: Svilar, Kumbulla, Smalling, Ibanez, Missori, Bove, Matic, Tahirovic, El Shaarawy, Cherubini, Abraham.
It's strange, but Yokohama doesn't have any players in the Japan World Cup squad in Qatar. They won their second J-League title in the last three years, and their seventh overall. They won it with only two points advantage in front of Kawasaki Frontale. Throughout the season, the Marinos played great offensive football. They were the highest-scoring team in the league with 70 goals. They also had the best defense with only 35 conceded goals. Antonio Lopes and Leo Ceara were their top scorers with 11 goals apiece. It has been a hectic last few weeks for the Marinos players who celebrated their deserved title before reconnecting to play a friendly match against Roma. The game will be played in Tokyo, so it's hard to see how much support they will get in the nation's capital, but for sure it will be a thrill to play against a team managed by the great Jose Mourinho.
Yokohama Marinos predicted starting lineup: Takaoka, Hatano, Eduardo, Nagato, Koike, Kimura, Shimada, Kida, Yammane, Elber, Lopes.
Key facts about Roma vs Yokohama Marinos
- When is the kick-off? – 10:30 BST, 11:30 CET
- Where is the match going to be played? – National Olympic Stadium, Tokyo
- How did Yokohama Marinos fare in J-League this season? – The Marinos won the title