Marinos put top spot on the line with Bellmare in Yokohama

Marinos put top spot on the line with Bellmare in Yokohama

Two weeks ago, Yokohama F·Marinos claimed the top spot in the Meiji Yasuda J1 League. Last week, they protected their place at the summit. Now, they have to fend off their challengers once again as they take on Shonan Bellmare on Sunday at 7 pm JST in a match that will be streamed live on the J.League International YouTube channel.

The Tricolor rode a phenomenal attack to the title a year ago and surged back into the top spot this season thanks to a front line that is averaging better than two goals per game. Anderson Lopes leads the league in goals and Kota Mizunuma is second in assists, frightening any defense unlucky enough to stand in their way.

Marinos have gotten better at the back too, adjusting to life without Tomoki Iwata, who departed for Europe in the winter. The result is a three-point lead on Vissel Kobe atop the table, but the Ushi do have a match in hand and look set to take the fight down to the very end of the season so the Tricolor have to be at their best every week.

Unfortunately, Shonan Bellmare have not been nearly as good this season. They are bottom of the table, despite Shuto Machino continuing to play well. Some of that is down to bad luck, so maybe their fortune can take a turn this weekend and earn Bellmare a massive win in Yokohama that sends shockwaves up and down the table.

The J.League announced that up to four matches will be streamed live each week for the 2023 season, bringing one of Asia’s top league’s to fans around the world. The streams will be free to view on the J.League International YouTube channel in any country that does not have an existing rights agreement.