Yokohama F. Marinos vs Ventforet Kofu - Japanese Super Cup
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Yokohama F. Marinos Looking To Break The Curse And Win Japanese Super Cup

The 38th iteration of the Japanese Super Cup is around the corner, featuring Yokohama F. Marinos as the reigning J1 League champions and Ventforet Kofu, who’ll look to add to their Emperor’s Cup title and claim the third trophy in the club’s history.

Japanese Super Cup Format & Schedule

The 2023 Japanese Super Cup (also known as Fujifilm Super Cup 2023) will be the 30th Japanese Super Cup since its (re)establishment and the 38th overall. The match is scheduled to be held on Saturday, February 11, between the 2020 Emperor’s Cup winners Ventforet Kofu and the 2022 J1 League champions Yokohama F. Marinos.

  • Date: Saturday, February 11
  • Time: 13:35 JST
  • Venue: New National Stadium in Tokyo, Japan
  • TV: DAZN

The Japanese League’s Cream Of The Crop

There’s nothing quite like the Japanese Super Cup, as a match that draws the eyes of Japanese football fans and the world, not only because it marks the start of a new season but because it features the best of the best Japanese football has to offer.

Pitting two premier squads from the previous seasons, the Japanese Super Cup offers an exciting curtain-raiser that no football fan or bettor should miss.

Unsurprisingly, the reigning J1 League champions, Yokohama F. Marinos, enter the 2023 Japanese Super Cup as the favourites (1.43 at Unibet) to defeat J2 League representatives and 2022 Emeror’s Cup champions Ventforet Kofu (7.00 at Unibet). But if you believe in curses and superstition, then fading the objectively better team might be the play.

Yokohama F. Marinos have, to date, made five Japanese Super Cup finals (fourth-most in history), but have yet to hoist the elusive trophy. With five runner-up finishes, the Marinos have the most Japanese Cup silver medals in the history of the competition, which includes runner-up finishes from 2004, 2005, 2014, and 2020.

Interestingly, Yokohama F. Marinos have been on both sides of the tournament, as J1 League champions and Emperor’s Cup winners, and they’ve seen the title slip between their fingers after penalties thrice.

On the other side, Ventforet Kofu have yet to make an appearance in the Japanese Super Cup, having never before won or come close to winning the Emperor’s Cup or J1 League. And despite Ventforet Kofu’s remarkable run to the 2022 Emperor’s Cup title, it’s easy to see why they’re considered heavy underdogs for this bout.

Complete Japan Super Cup Betting Odds & Odds Comparison 2023

Team/Bookmakerbet365PinnacleUnibet
Yokohama F. Marinos1.401.4361.43
Draw4.204.584.10
Ventforet Kofu7.008.067.00

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Sixth Time Is The Charm

Yokohama F. Marinos have come one game short of winning the Japanese Super Cup five times before, yet they always found a way to let it slip away. Of the six attempts, three ended in a loss after penalties, and the remaining two (2014, 1996) resulted in a 0-2 defeat.

This year, however, seems like a perfect time to break the dry spell, as Yokohama F. Marinos get to face off against a J2 League team that hasn’t won anything remarkable over its 33-year-old history. The fact that Ventforet Kofu won the 2022 Emperor’s Cup is remarkable, considering that they finished J2 League in 18th place, but it doesn’t change the fact that they’re a class below the Marinos.

The offered betitng odds tell their story, but if you believe in curses, which might be the only explanation for why Yokohama F. Marinmos have never won the Japanese Super Cup, then Kofu might be the juiciest wager you’ll get to place this season.

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