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The J1 League game at IAI Stadium Nihondaira on Saturday sees home side Shimizu S-Pulse welcome opponents Avispa Fukuoka.
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Shimizu S-Pulse will be looking to improve on their last outing here following a 3-1 J1 League losing effort in their last game against Kashiwa Reysol.
In that game, Shimizu S-Pulse managed 50% possession and 16 attempts on goal with 7 of them on target. The only player on the scoresheet for Shimizu S-Pulse was Eiichi Katayama (64'). Kashiwa Reysol got 14 attempts on goal with 5 on target. Matheus Sávio (13'), Mao Hosoya (39') and Takuma Ominami (58') scored for Kashiwa Reysol.
Shimizu S-Pulse have really been misfiring of late. Their ‘goals for’ figure equals just 4 against opposing sides over their previous six matches. In those meetings, Shimizu S-Pulse have also seen the number of goals against them come to 11.
Going into this encounter, Shimizu S-Pulse haven’t won at home in the past 8 league matches. They will be so desperate to end this run.
Following on from tasting defeat last time out to Kashima Antlers in J. League Cup competition, Avispa Fukuoka and their travelling supporters will be hoping that they can get a better result in this one.
Clashes with Avispa Fukuoka have ended up being somewhat laboured ones recently with a dearth of scoring being a real hallmark. During their past half dozen clashes, an uninspiring gross goal total of 6 has been recorded between both them and their opponents at an average goals per game of 1. That trend won’t necessarily follow through into this match, however.
Coming into this fixture, Avispa Fukuoka are without a win away from home in their last 2 matches in the league.
Head to head
A quick look at past results between these clubs going back to 26/07/2006 tells us that these fixtures have been a source of anguish for Avispa Fukuoka. They have not been able to register any victories at all while Shimizu S-Pulse have simply been better than them, winning in 67 per cent of those ties.
A combined total of 19 goals were yielded between them during those clashes, with 13 for Shimizu and 6 coming from Avispa. That’s an average goals per game of 3.17.
The last league contest between these sides was J1 League match day 31 on 02/10/2021 and the score finished Avispa Fukuoka 1-2 Shimizu S-Pulse.
That day, Avispa Fukuoka managed 59% possession and 16 shots at goal with 7 on target. Their only player to score was John Mary (81').
Shimizu S-Pulse got 9 attempts on goal with 6 on target. Thiago Santana (27') and Carlinhos (48') scored.
The referee was Jumpei Iida.
Team News: Shimizu S-Pulse
Renato Augusto (Cartilage Damage) and Togo Umeda (Cruciate Ligament Rupture) are unavailable for Shimizu S-Pulse boss Hiroaki Hiraoka.
We think that Shimizu S-Pulse could make use of the 4-4-2 formation with Shuichi Gonda, Eiichi Katayama, Yugo Tatsuta, Yoshinori Suzuki, Reon Yamahara, Kenta Nishizawa, Kota Miyamoto, Ryohei Shirasaki, Yusuke Goto, Yuta Kamiya and Thiago Santana.
Team News: Avispa Fukuoka
Due to a fully injury-free squad available to select from, the Avispa Fukuoka manager Shigetoshi Hasebe has zero fitness worries to report ahead of this game.
From our viewpoint, Avispa Fukuoka might make use of a 4-4-2 lineup, giving starts to Masaaki Murakami, Yota Maejima, Tatsuki Nara, Douglas Grolli, Takaaki Shichi, Jordy Croux, Hiroyuki Mae, Shun Nakamura, Yuji Kitajima, Juan Delgado and Yuya Yamagishi.
Avispa Fukuoka and Shimizu S-Pulse could both well score here although it’s hard to see a clear-cut winner.
Will be interesting to see how this one goes, with a good chance of a draw. We’re therefore expecting a very close game with a 1-1 score at the end of the match.
Our expert partners are tipping under 3.5 goals for this match. Check out their VIP predictions here.
🏟️ Team Focus:
Stadium: IAI Stadium Nihondaira (19,594)
Captain: Ryo Takeuchi
Chairman: Shinya Yamamuro
Manager: Hiroaki Hiraoka
Competitions: J1 League position 16
⭐ Key Man: Thiago Santana
Mostly taking up the Striker position, Thiago Santana was born in Serrinha, Brazil. After having played his first senior match for Figueirense in the 2015 season, the talented Forward has struck 3 league goals in the J1 League 2022 campaign to date in 9 appearances.