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Predicted lineups for GW 285 for J1 League

This is a sample of the type of reports I produce each GW. These can now only be accessed on Patreon. Info can be found here


We have almost a full midweek schedule of J1 league games this GW. Unfortunately the Kawasaki vs Sagan Tosu game has been postponed due to covid cases :(

I have made the predicted lineups for games on the Sorare Sharp app which can be found here: Please only use the website rather than the app as there are some bugs currently being looked into on the mobile app.

I have also copy pasted the image of the lineups incase you have difficulty accessing the desktop site.

Important to note the %s used here and where they are not above 75% it is because I feel there is some risk involved. My main aim with these is to show where risk/potential DNPs are lurking.

I base these %s on info I read from various sources including comments from the manager and reading a lot of local Japanese news coverage/message boards.

These are my own opinion of the situation at each team. I try to be as neutral as possible but we all have biases :) So always do your own research when making picks! I may well miss something but a lot of times its due to lack of information where we get "surprise" DNPs. I will also have more info for players I own as a I naturally check those more actively.

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J1 League GW280

Kashima vs C.Osaka

  • Last game had a number of surprise picks - I see Min tae retaining his position and Caike returning and left mid.

  • Everaldo could start though im 50/50 about it.

  • Harakawa hasnt been seen in training so isnt in my lineup

  • Nishio is pushing for a start and I just about have him starting here though its uncertain his condition is 100%

Kashiwa vs Nagoya

  • Takahashi returns in defence after suspension

  • I have Muto starting upfront after a number of impressive performances

  • Fujii was confirmed as being out due for the last game due to illness and the manager has said hes ok though im still 50/50 with him as not seen training photos.

  • Morishita returns from suspension

  • Abe is pushing for midfield spot and Sento and Silva i see at rotation risk

FC Tokyo vs Sapporo

  • Nakamura is injured and there is a lack of natural cover there. I have either Watanabe or Nagatomo playing though a change in formation cant be ruled out

  • Konno started and scored the last game so I see him keeping his spot

  • Abe is out injured. Leandro could start though it was hard to fit him in esp when the shape of the team is a little uncertain with the injuries that Tokyo have.

  • Ogashiwa in full training though im still wary about him starting here considering he has had setbacks in the past. He will almost cert be in the squad though.

  • I have Nakano starting in place of the suspended Sugeno

Yokohama FM vs Hiroshima

  • Ceara was seen in training and is fit to play from the looks of things

  • I expect some rotation in this game. Tsunoda went off early with what looked like heat stroke so I have eduardo playing in the LCB spot.

  • Hatanaka has also played alot of mins so I see Iwata slotting in here though he could also play in midfield

  • Nishimura is playing great and M.Junior not feeling 100% so I have this spot at 50/50

  • I expect Fujii to return for this game

  • Junior Santos is pushing for a start, at the mo ive kept a similar team to last time

Shonan vs Gamba Osaka

  • Tani cant play this game due to contractal reasons

  • Tomii hasnt been in the squad recently and so I expect Mawatari (no card) to play.

  • Saito cant play due to contractual reasons

  • Shoji I see pushing for a start. I am uncertain which spot he takes though

  • With so many games in a short space, I see Yamami coming back in and Patric pushing for a start though we cant rule out Sakamoto here who has been playing very well.

Iwata vs Fukuoka

  • Grolli returns from suspension and I see him starting with either Nara or Miya

  • No indication who will be favoured between Nagaishi and Murakami hence it being 50/50. I give a slight edge to Murakami though I suggest not using on sorare if possible.

Kobe vs Shimizu

  • As Vissel won the last game, I see them keeping a similar looking side.

  • Tatsuta went off at half time in the previous game and is a doubt for this one

  • Matsuoka, Kololli and Junior are pushing for starts in this one. Alot will depend on the condition/fatigue of the starters of the weekend game.

Urawa vs Kyoto

  • I havent seen Junker in training so I see a makeshift striker again for Urawa

  • Sakai should come in for this one

  • Matsuda info is hard to come by. The message boards suggest he is in training though his condition/match fitness is still unknown


I hope you found this useful! Midweek GWs are particular hard to predict and with the record heatwave that hit Japan last week, I expect plenty of rotation for teams in general.

This is just a guide and my own personal opinion based on research of various sites and analysing previous games. Remember to do your own research and pray to the opta gods :D

From next GW, I will be moving some content to a paid subscription. I plan to keep the below totally free:

  • Sorare Tactics Discord

  • Sorare Sharp predicted line

  • Twitter info on suspensions/general injuries

I havent fully decided the content I will move away though it will likely include:

  • Detailed reports with suggestions ie expanded version of this.

  • Members Discord - can ask specific player injury question, transfer rumours ,lineup checks from me etc

Recently with the growth of the discord (which is great!), I am struggling to keep up with all the requests. I plan to still be active on the main discord, as a big passion for me is to grow a J league specific community. At the same time I want to grow an area specific to more detailed data analysis and providing bespoke service to users eg underdog/specialist suggestions and SO5 coaching etc.

I am aware that for casuals its important to keep things free or minimal costs and will provide more info in the next day or two on this. As with anything, happy to take feedback and adapt the service as I go!

Click below for the J League Sorare Discord channel, you can keep up to date with the latest info and get other peoples opinions:


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