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The last few weeks have whittled down the list of genuine contenders for this year’s J. League title, but choosing a winner with eight games left is still far from straightforward.

Urawa Reds lead the way with a four-point cushion in first place, with Kashima Antlers moving into second one point ahead of Kawasaki Frontale and three clear of Gamba Osaka. Reds’ momentum may have been checked by a 1-0 loss to Cerezo Osaka on Saturday, but having scored 18 goals in their previous five games, Mihailo Petrovic’s men will clearly take some stopping.

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