J.League Round 3 PREVIEW: Will the Marquinhos mayhem continue?

Yokohama F. Marinos have been in superb form as of late due to the Brazilian Marquinhos leading the goal-scoring. What will happen this week?

Vegalta Sendai vs Kashiwa Reysol – Yurtec Stadium

Vegalta fell to a 3-2 defeat to Kashima Antlers in Round 2, with a crazy four minute spell after half time seeing them score once and concede twice. Reysol also lost last week, going down 3-0 away to FC Tokyo. Both sides will be looking to bounce back this weekend.

Yokohama F.Marinos vs Jubilo Iwata – Nissan Stadium

Marinos are one of four teams to still have a 100% record after two games after they hammered Shimizu S-Pulse 5-0 away last week. Jubilo, meanwhile, remain without a win having lost 1-0 to Omiya last Saturday.

Key to Marinos’ scintillating start has been the form of predatory striker Marquinhos, who’s struck five times in just the first two games. You can see if he’s able to add to that tally in this game as it will be being broadcast live around the world – check your local TV guide to find out where!

Sagan Tosu vs Kawasaki Frontale – Best Amenity Stadium

Sagan have now drawn both of their first two games 1-1, following up on their tie with Kashima with a stalemate against Shonan in Round 2. Kawasaki also drew last weekend, coming from a goal down to take a point against Oita Trinita. Will either have enough for all three points on Saturday?

Oita Trinita vs Urawa Red Diamonds – Oita Bank Dome

Oita’s steady start to their return to J1 continued with a credible 1-1 draw against Kawasaki Frontale last week. Urawa, on the other hand, have burst out of the traps and made it two wins from two with a 1-0 defeat of Nagoya Grampus in Round 2. They’ll be desperate to maintain their 100 per cent record this week.

Omiya Ardija vs Albirex Niigata – NACK5 Stadium

Omiya maintained their unbeaten start to the season last week when they secured a 1-0 win away to Jubilo Iwata. Albirex haven’t managed to claim their first win yet though, and fell to a 2-1 defeat to Sanfrecce Hiroshima in Round 2. Can they claim their maiden victory in Omiya?

Cerezo Osaka vs FC Tokyo – Nagai Stadium

It’s two wins from two for Cerezo after they overcame Ventforet Kofu 2-1 in Round 2. FC Tokyo also have a 100 per cent record, and last weekend they cruised to an impressive 3-0 win over 2011 J1 champions Kashiwa Reysol. It’s not possible for both sides to make it three from three, but can either of them maintain their perfect starts?

Shonan Bellmare vs Shimizu S-Pulse – Hiratsuka Stadium

Shonan picked up their first point of the season last week when they held Sagan Tosu to a 1-1 draw. Shimizu remain on just a single point themselves after they were demolished 5-0 at home by Yokohama F.Marinos in Round 2. Can they bounce back with a win this Saturday?

Ventforet Kofu vs Nagoya Grampus – Yamanashi Chugin Stadium

Kofu weren’t able to add to their point from Round 1 last weekend when they lost 2-1 at home to Cerezo Osaka. Nagoya also failed to pick up any more points after a 1-0 loss to Reds in Urawa. Neither side can afford to get into the habit of losing and will be desperate to turn things around this weekend.

Key to Kofu’s chances of doing that will be their Brazilian striker Hugo who has found the net in both games so far this season. You’ll be able to see if he does so again here as this match is being shown live around the world. Check your local TV guide to find out where you can catch the action!

Sanfrecce Hiroshima vs Kashima Antlers – Edion Stadium

Defending champions Sanfrecce secured their first win of the season last weekend when they downed Albirex Niigata 2-1. Kashima also claimed a victory in Round 2, just about edging a thrilling 3-2 against Vegalta Sendai.

Brazilian striker Davi, who was the top scorer in J2 last year, claimed two of Antlers goals in that victory and will be a constant threat for Sanfrecce here as well. You can see if Davi can add to his tally this weekend as this game is being shown live around the world. Check your local TV schedules to find out where!