After Yokohama moved within touching distance of a first J1 title since 2004 with a big away win over local rivals Kawasaki on Saturday, Sam Robson and Stuart Woodward guest as we round up Matchday 33 in the top flight.
Stuart shares his experiences from the away end at Todoroki, after F.Marinos scored early for the third straight game, and then turned on the boosters in the second half to blow Frontale away. Sam extols the merits of a couple of key mid season signings that have helped Yokohama in the closing stages of the season, a fact in stark contrast to their title rivals FC Tokyo, who sat on their hands in the summer and now look set to be without their two main strikers for this Saturday's title decider, which is now looking like a simple coronation of Ange Postecoglou's men as champions. We also discuss another afternoon of frustration at home for Tokyo, who failed to beat a bottom half opponent at Ajinomoto Stadium for the second straight week (to 50:57).
After we bid Stuart farewell, Sam and I round up the rest of the games, with Shonan snapping their long winless run and looking decent bets to avoid the playoff place on the final day, while we look ahead to the crunch clash between Shimizu and Tosu, and commiserate with relegated Iwata and Matsumoto.
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