Shonan Bellmare have been mired at the bottom of the Meiji Yasuda J1 League for weeks, but they have a chance to climb to safety when they meet Urawa Reds on Friday at 7 pm JST in a match that will be streamed live on the J.League International YouTube channel.
Bellmare have played better football of late and have taken three results from their last five matches, helping them move just a point off 17th place Yokohama FC and two back of 16th place Kashiwa Reysol. They are now primed to make an escape from the relegation zone, but that will require at least a point against a very good Urawa side.
The Reds are fourth in the league and coming off of a terrific victory over Nagoya Grampus. Their defense remains the best in J1 and they are making a run at an AFC Champions League place, but they will have to contend with a feisty crowd in Hiratsuka.
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.