Vissel Kobe have been the class of the league and they got some breathing room at the top last week, but they still have a long way to go in their title chase. This week, that quest for the crown takes them to Kashiwa Reysol on Saturday at 4 pm JST in a contest that will be streamed live on the J.League International YouTube channel.
The Ushi are undefeated in their last four and their win last week, combined with losses from the three teams beneath them, has left them with a five-point lead at the top of the table. Their attack, led by the league’s top goal scorer Yuya Osako, is second-best in J1, while their defense has conceded the fewest goals. With excellent play all over the pitch, it’s no wonder they’re pacing the league.
Reysol haven’t been quite as good this season. Burgeoning young star Mao Hosoya has continued his ascent with four goals, but he hasn’t gotten much help and the rest of the team has just four goals combined. The team currently sit in 16th place, but they had gone three in a row unbeaten before last week.
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.