The only derby of the second match-day will certainly be an exciting battle, even if played behind closed doors. Gamba Osaka should still have momentum after beating defending champions Yokohama F.Marinos in the opening match. While they display great attacking talents such as Takashi Usami and Ademilson, their defense was also reinforced by the signing of Gen Shoji. Winning the first two games of the season would be a huge boost for them.
Cerezo Osaka also earned three points in the first match, by beating Oita Trinita. Since their solid defense that supported their fine form last season is still intact, their battle against Gamba’s attackers will be an important factor in this match. Up front, Tatsuhiro Sakamoto’s dribbling could be a key. Gamba lead in the head-to-head record by 23 wins, 5 draws and 10 defeats, but they each won a derby last season. Which team will snatch the derby and be king of Osaka this time?