Montedio Yamagata will be hosting away team Albirex Niigata at NDsoft Stadium Yamagata in the J2 League tie on Sunday.
Our Montedio Yamagata v Albirex Niigata predictions, statistics and match poll can be seen below - plus the latest betting odds.
Montedio Yamagata enter this game following on from a 0-0 J2 League drawn game vs Giravanz Kitakyushu.
Fewer than three goals per match were scored during 5 of the last 6 fixtures where Montedio Yamagata have been involved. In terms of the goal distribution from this period, opposing sides scored an aggregate of 5 and Yamagata totted up 5.
A look at their previous results shows us that Montedio Yamagata:
- have not beaten Albirex Niigata in their previous 2 matches in the league.
- are without a home win in the past 2 league games.
In their previous game, Albirex Niigata drew 2-2 in the J2 League tie with S.C. Sagamihara.
For Albirex Niigata, the scorers were Romero Frank (13') and Takahiro Ko (61'). Yuri Mamute (23') and Shu Hiramatsu (48') scored for S.C. Sagamihara.
Proving their appetite for eventful encounters, goals have been celebrated 24 times in the last six matches in which Albirex Niigata have sent out their troops, yielding a mean average of 4 goals each fixture. Opposition teams have managed 5 from this total. We will just have to see if that trend can be continued on here.
Coming into this clash, Albirex Niigata are unbeaten in their previous 3 away league matches.
Head to head
A look at their most recent head-to-head clashes dating back to 20/05/2018 tells us that Montedio Yamagata have won 1 of these games & Albirex Niigata 2, with the number of drawn results being 3.
A sum of 14 goals were yielded between them during those clashes, with 7 from Yamagata and 7 created by Albirex. This gives an average number of goals per game equal to 2.33.
The previous league encounter featuring these sides was J2 League match day 31 on 04/11/2020 when it finished Montedio Yamagata 1-2 Albirex Niigata.
The match was refereed by Koei Koya.
Team News: Montedio Yamagata
Masatoshi Kushibiki (Cruciate Ligament Rupture), Naoki Kuriyama (Achilles tendon rupture) and Ryota Matsumoto (Collarbone fracture) are not available for Yamagata gaffer Kiyotaka Ishimaru.
Team News: Albirex Niigata
Albirex manager Albert Puig has to choose from a squad that has some fitness concerns. Akito Fukuta (Cruciate Ligament Rupture), Ryosuke Kojima (Fatigue fracture) and Takumi Hasegawa (Cruciate Ligament Injury) can’t be considered.
It’s looking like Albirex Niigata and Montedio Yamagata could well both score and end up finding themselves in a fairly even game here.
Shouldn’t be much in it, and a draw looks quite a realistic result. That’s why we have predicted a very close game with a 1-1 score draw when the full-time whistle blows.
Our expert partners are tipping under 3.5 goals for this match. Check out their VIP predictions here.
⚽️ Team Focus:
Stadium: NDsoft Stadium Yamagata (20,680)
Captain: Takumi Yamada
Chairman: Kentaro Aita
Manager: Kiyotaka Ishimaru
Competitions: J2 League position 16
⭐ Star Man: Taiki Kato
Mostly taking to the field in the Left Attacking Midfielder position, Taiki Kato was born in Nara, Japan. Having made a first senior appearance for Renofa Yamaguchi in the 2016 season, the accomplished Midfielder has managed 2 league goals in this J2 League 2021 season to date coming from a total of 6 appearances.