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Avispa Fukuoka will be the visitors at Lemon Gas Stadium Hiratsuka on Saturday for the J1 League game with home side Shonan Bellmare.
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Shonan Bellmare will be looking to improve on their last outing here after a 2-0 J1 League loss in their previous game against Oita Trinita.
In that game, Shonan Bellmare had 60% possession and 10 shots at goal with 3 on target. Oita Trinita got 3 attempts at goal with 2 of them on target. Yuta Koide (32') and Kohei Isa (86') scored for Oita Trinita.
It’s not been often in recent times that Shonan Bellmare have shown defensive steel. It will be a concern for them that Shonan Bellmare have failed to prevent opponents from scoring in 5 of their previous 6 clashes, shipping 7 goals along the way. We will find out whether or not that trend will be sustained in this game.
Their previous form shows that Shonan Bellmare:
- have not emerged victorious against Avispa Fukuoka in their last 6 league matches.
- have not been beaten in their last 2 league matches at home.
- haven’t won at home in the past 7 matches in the league. Fans are getting restless.
Avispa Fukuoka head into the game after a 0-3 J1 League win as they beat Kashima Antlers in their previous fixture.
In that match, Avispa Fukuoka managed 33% possession and 10 shots on goal with 4 of them on target. For Avispa Fukuoka, the goalscorers were Juanma Delgado (26', 41') and Yuya Yamagishi (64'). On the other side, Kashima Antlers had 16 shots at goal with 5 on target.
A series of very capable showings from the Avispa Fukuoka defensive unit has seen the number of goals they’ve conceded amounting to 3 from their previous 6 fixtures overall. During the same period of time, their own attack force has managed to score 10.
Coming into this fixture, Avispa Fukuoka are undefeated by Shonan Bellmare when they have played them away from home in the previous 2 league matches.
Head to head
A review of past results between these clubs stretching back to 30/07/2014 shows that these encounters have been a source of anguish for Shonan Bellmare. They’ve not managed to get any victories whatsoever while Avispa Fukuoka have simply been better than them, winning in 83 per cent of those games where they have faced each other.
12 goals were scored between the two sides in this period, with 2 for Shonan and 10 netted by Avispa. That’s an average goals per game figure of 2.
The last league meeting between the two was J1 League match day 15 on 22/05/2021 when the final score was Avispa Fukuoka 2-1 Shonan Bellmare.
In that match, Avispa Fukuoka had 50% possession and 10 shots at goal with 4 on target. The goals were scored by Bruno Mendes (65') and Douglas Grolli (71').
On the other side, Shonan Bellmare got 10 shots on goal with 3 of them on target. Shintaro Nago (32') was the scorer.
The match was refereed by Hiroki Kasahara.
Team News: Shonan Bellmare
The Shonan Bellmare boss Bin Ukishima has a full complement, with no fitness concerns to speak of coming into this clash owing to a completely injury-free group available to choose from.
Team News: Avispa Fukuoka
In an otherwise available group of players, there’s only the one fitness worry for the Avispa Fukuoka gaffer Shigetoshi Hasebe to be concerned with. Rikihiro Sugiyama (Achilles tendon rupture) won’t be playing here.
We’ve got the feeling that Avispa Fukuoka might need a bit of good fortune to score against this Shonan Bellmare team who we think will get the win and a maybe even keep a clean sheet as well.
That’s why our selection here is for a very even match with a 1-0 victory for Shonan Bellmare at the end of the 90.
Should be a close one.
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🏟️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Lemon Gas Stadium Hiratsuka (15,380)
Captain: Takuya Okamoto
Chairman: Naohito Mizutani
Manager: Bin Ukishima
Competitions: J1 League position 15
⭐ Key Player: Shuto Machino
Mostly used in the Striker position, Shuto Machino was born in Japan. Having played his first senior match for Shonan Bellmare in the 2021 season, the gifted Forward has scored 3 league goals in the J1 League 2021 season so far from a total of 21 appearances.