Friday, December 02, 2005

J League Final Weekend Preview

Tomorrow might just be the most exciting day ever for the Japanese League. With one match left, five teams have a chance to to capture the trophy.

Here are the top 5 standings
Team - Pts
1. Cerezo Osaka 58
2. Gamba Osaka 57
3. Urawa Reds 56
4. Kashima Antlers 56
5. JEF United 56

Cerezo are the only team in control of their own destiny. With a win, it doesn't matter what happens anywhere else. The good news for them is that they should be able to come out on top. However, should they fail, Gamba might be able to salvage their season. They have only managed 3 points over their last six outings and since they will be without their top scorer for the finally, odds are against them.

The other three teams need a lot to go their way. The one with the best shot due to opponent and goal difference is the Urawa Reds. Last year they finished in second place, which is the most likely outcome this year as well. However, they still have an outside chance at the hardware. I actually think they have a better chance then Gamba.

It wasn't that long ago that the Antlers were on top of everything, but then came all the injuries. The fact that they are still in the race shows how good of a club they are. For United, they need a lot to go their way, but they should be able to get the needed 3 points from their game. If it is a wacky day in Japan, it might just happen.


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