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Avispa Fukuoka make the trip to Kashima Soccer Stadium on Saturday for the J1 League game with home side Kashima Antlers.
Our Kashima Antlers v Avispa Fukuoka tips, poll and stats can be seen in full below - as well as the best betting odds.
Kashima Antlers will be looking for another win after a 0-2 J1 League success vs Yokohama F. Marinos.
In that match, Kashima Antlers managed 27% possession and 4 shots at goal with 3 on target. For Kashima Antlers, the scorers were Ryotaro Araki (15') and Ayase Ueda (30'). On the other side, Yokohama F. Marinos had 8 attempts on goal with 2 on target.
An interesting trait of recent Kashima Antlers games is the number of results with a nil in them.
From their prior 6 clashes leading up to this one, in as many as 5 of them a wager on "Both Teams to Score" would've lost. In any event, time will tell if that pattern will be sustained in this upcoming match or not.
Coming into this contest, Kashima Antlers are unbeaten in their last 8 league matches at home. A run that they'll hope to extend here.
Avispa Fukuoka will go into the encounter after a 3-0 J1 League win over Tokushima Vortis in their previous outing.
In that match, Avispa Fukuoka managed 45% possession and 11 attempts on goal with 5 on target. For Avispa Fukuoka, the goalscorers were Takeshi Kanamori (53') and John Mary (87', 96'). At the other end, Tokushima Vortis got 6 shots at goal with 1 on target.
A series of resolute performances from the Avispa Fukuoka defensive players has resulted in the number of goals they’ve conceded standing at 4 from their past 6 outings overall. Over that same period, the number of goals that they have scored themselves is 7.
Heading into this contest, Avispa Fukuoka haven’t won away from home in the past 5 league games.
Head to head
Looking over their prior head to head clashes stretching back to 07/10/2006 shows us that Kashima Antlers have won 4 of them & Avispa Fukuoka 2, with the number of drawn matches standing at 0.
A total of 18 goals were scored between them throughout the course of those matches, with 13 of them from Antlers and 5 netted by Avispa. That’s an average goals per game of 3.
The previous league game featuring these clubs was J1 League match day 5 on 17/03/2021 when it finished Avispa Fukuoka 1-0 Kashima Antlers.
On that day, Avispa Fukuoka managed 49% possession and 6 shots on goal with 3 of them on target. Their only player on the scoresheet was Takeshi Kanamori (85').
For their opponents, Kashima Antlers had 12 shots at goal with 5 on target.
The referee was Yoshiro Imamura.
Team News: Kashima Antlers
Rikuto Hirose (Hamstring Injury), Tomoya Inukai (Hamstring Injury) and Taiki Yamada (Cruciate Ligament Rupture) are unavailable for Kashima Antlers gaffer Naoki Soma.
Team News: Avispa Fukuoka
Thanks to a mainly available group of players, there’s just a single fitness worry for the Avispa Fukuoka manager Shigetoshi Hasebe to contend with. Rikihiro Sugiyama (Achilles tendon rupture) misses out for this game.
We’re inclined to think that Kashima Antlers should create enough chances to score more than one when they play Avispa Fukuoka, who might well find it difficult to score.
We’re tipping a fairly comfortable 2-0 winning margin for Kashima Antlers when the full-time whistle blows.
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🏟️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Kashima Soccer Stadium (38,669)
Captain: Kento Misao
Chairman: Fumiaki Koizumi
Manager: Naoki Soma
Competitions: J1 League position 4
⭐ Key Man: Ryotaro Araki
Generally playing in the position, Ryotaro Araki was born in Kumamoto, Japan. Having played his first senior match for Kashima Antlers in the 2020 season, the gifted Midfielder has managed to score 9 league goals in the J1 League 2021 campaign so far in a total of 25 appearances.