It's a battle for the Japanese Emperor Cup, and so far Yokohama FC is having a terrible season ranked 17th in the 18-team J1 League, getting outscored 40-14 in 20 matches. That offense is the worst in the league, as is their minus-26 goal differential. Yokohama FC has to head out on the road where they've lost five straight Emperor Cup road games by a 12-2 count. Kochi United is in the lower-ranked Japan Football League, playing outstanding defense outscoring league opponents 13-11 through 14 matches. That's tied for the best defense in the league. They have home field for this one, on a 4-1-2 run on home turf by a 6-1 count. Kochi United has also won five straight Emperor Cup home games outscoring the visitors 7-2, so back home field. Play Kochi United on the moneyline.
This pick was released to clients on July 11, 2023 at 6:27PM ET.
Kochi United vs. Yokohama FC
July 12, 2023
4:00 AM Eastern
1 unit on Kochi United +460 (moneyline) (risk 1 to return 5.6)
Japan - Emperors Cup
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