Match Time：11/14/2020 16:00 Saturday (GMT+8)
Juan Alano will be available for Kashima Antlers after suspensions, while Rikuto Hirose is still expected to be missing and Ryohei Shirasaki has a thigh injury and is out for the season. New addition to the list is Ruji Izumi, knee injury, prognosis 6-8 weeks, so expect him to miss the rest of the season also.
Yu Kobayashi is Kawasaki Frontale's only reporting injury.
Doubtful: Ryuji Izumi (unspecified), Kento Misao (unspecified)
Injured/Unavailable: Rikuto Hirose (hamstring), Ryohei Shirasaki (thigh strain), Ryuji Izumi (knee)
Injured/Unavailable: Yu Kobayashi (hamstring)
MAIN PREDICTION: HANDICAP HAD HOME WIN
Last time out Kashima Antlers earned an impressive 3-2 away win at Yokohama F.Marinos. After going 2-0 down before the half hour was up, they came back to win with goals from Ayase Ueda, Everaldo and Yasushi Endo. Now just two points from 3rd place and having played two games less than FC Tokyo in that spot, they have six games to aim at a possible 18 points and will feel that they still have a chance of making 3rd place and qualifying for the 2021 Asian Champions league.
Kawasaki Frontale suffered a rare defeat last time out, going down 2-0 at home against Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo. They remain 13 points clear of Gamba Osaka in 2nd place in J1, and with a far superior goal difference but will need to win this one to kill off any lingering doubts. To ensure they do not give this away, I feel that they may be a little more conservative in this difficult game and settle for stopping their opponents scoring, as opposed to going for a big win.
Kashima Antlers have huge incentive, home advantage, and the confidence from 12 wins out of 16 league games. They will take the game to their visitors who will be more than happy to settle for a draw. Expect a level game, to be on the safe side, I will go with Kashima Antlers on the handicap market.
HEAD TO HEAD
In J1 matches between these two teams last season Kawasaki Frontale won away and drew at home, while earlier this season they won at home, 2-1.