Match of the Week: Marinos go for title in Kobe

Match of the Week: Marinos go for title in Kobe

Yokohama F·Marinos have played an excellent 33 games this season, but it will take all 34 to seal a Meiji Yasuda J1 League title.

This weekend, the Tricolor head to Kansai to take on Vissel Kobe and a win would guarantee a first championship since 2019.

A draw or even a loss could do the trick, too — Yokohama are atop the league, leading Kawasaki Frontale by two points and a goal differential edge of 11 — but they certainly won't want to leave anything to chance, especially after two losses in their last three.

Vissel will present Marinos with a major challenge, having won five of their last six. The Ushi are in the best form they’ve been in all season, with an increasingly stout defense and a dangerous attack finding form.

It will take a total team effort for the Tricolor to topple Vissel, but they’ve been up to that task all season long. No J1 side has scored as many goals, with Léo Ceará and Anderson Lopes having tallied 11 apiece to lead the way, and they have also conceded the fewest in the league.

Now, it’s about doing that one more time to win the Meiji Yasuda J1 League crown.

Back closer to home, Frontale will be traveling to F.C.Tokyo, where the capital club could guarantee Marinos a championship if they hold firm at home.

It's all up for grabs on Matchweek 34, but one thing is for sure: If Marinos can handle their business and secure all three points in Kobe, the title is coming back to Yokohama no matter what.