VEGALTA SENDAI V SHIMIZU
Vegalta Sendai prepare for this match after a 1-1 J1 League drawn match versus Kashima Antlers.
In that game, Vegalta Sendai had 34% possession and 5 shots at goal with 2 on target. The only player on the scoresheet for Vegalta Sendai was Takuma Nishimura (62'). For their opponents, Kashima Antlers had 24 attempts at goal with 10 of them on target. Juan Alano (97') scored for Kashima Antlers.
It has not been often in recent times where Vegalta Sendai have kept a clean sheet. The facts show that Vegalta have seen their defence breached in 5 of their previous 6 matches, shipping 6 goals on the way. Such a pattern isn’t assured to follow through here, of course.
Following on from being defeated in their last game at the hands of Yokohama F. Marinos in J1 League action, Shimizu S-Pulse and their fans will hope to get a better result this time.
In that game, Shimizu S-Pulse managed 25% possession and 6 shots on goal with 1 of them on target. On the other side, Yokohama F. Marinos had 22 attempts at goal with 6 of them on target. Élber (4'), Yohei Takaoka (41' Own goal) and Léo Ceará (89') scored for Yokohama F. Marinos.
The stats don’t lie, and Shimizu S-Pulse have been scored against in 5 of their last 6 games, letting opponents get 9 goals overall. At the back, Shimizu have been far from perfect.
Prediction: Both teams to score
OITA V KASHIMA ANTLERS
Oita Trinita will be looking to improve on their last outing here following a 2-0 J1 League loss in their previous game against Consadole Sapporo.
In that match, Oita Trinita managed 42% possession and 8 shots at goal with 4 on target. For their opponents, Consadole Sapporo had 14 shots on goal with 5 of them on target. Takuro Kaneko (9', 20') was the scorer for Consadole Sapporo.
It has been seldom in recent times where Oita Trinita have managed to hold out for a full 90 minutes. It will be a concern for them that Oita have failed to prevent opponents from scoring in 6 of their previous 6 games, giving up 9 goals along the way.
In their last game, Kashima Antlers drew 1-1 in the J1 League match with Vegalta Sendai.
In that match, Kashima Antlers managed 66% possession and 24 attempts at goal with 10 of them on target. The scorer for Kashima Antlers was Juan Alano (97'). For their opponents, Vegalta Sendai got 5 attempts at goal with 2 of them on target. Takuma Nishimura (62') scored for Vegalta Sendai.
Over the course of their previous six clashes, Kashima Antlers have amassed a tally of 11 goals. Antlers have also not failed to score in every single one of those games. During those fixtures, their defenders have had 8 goals go against them. It will be interesting to find out whether or not that trend will end up being continued on into this next match.
Prediction: Under 2.5 Goals
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