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FC Tokyo visit Yanmar Stadium Nagai on Wednesday for the J1 League fixture with home side Cerezo Osaka.
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Cerezo Osaka will play in this match following on from a 1-1 J1 League stalemate versus Vissel Kobe.
In that game, Cerezo Osaka managed 54% possession and 12 attempts on goal with 5 on target. The only player on the scoresheet for Cerezo Osaka was Koji Toriumi (90'). For their opponents, Vissel Kobe had 5 attempts on goal with 4 on target. Kyogo Furuhashi (30') scored for Vissel Kobe.
Their most recent results really do illustrate the point that much solidity has been shown by the Cerezo Osaka defence. Sakura have kept it tight, resulting in the total number of goals that have gone in at their end during their past six clashes standing at 3.
Heading into this contest, Cerezo Osaka have not won against FC Tokyo in their last 4 league games.
FC Tokyo will go into this clash following on from a 0-1 J1 League win against Shonan Bellmare in their most recent game.
In that game, FC Tokyo had 58% possession and 11 attempts on goal with 3 of them on target. The scorer for FC Tokyo was Kensuke Nagai (83'). Shonan Bellmare got 6 shots on goal with 2 of them on target.
A run of accomplished displays by the FC Tokyo defensive unit has seen their ‘goals against’ tally amounting to 3 from their last 6 fixtures overall. In that time, their own attack force has managed to score 6. That trend isn’t assured to be continued into this next game, however.
Looking at their past form shows that FC Tokyo:
- have not emerged victorious against Cerezo Osaka in away games against them for the last 8 league matches. It has been a terrible run on the road.
- are undefeated in their last 3 away league matches.
Head to head
Inspecting their most recent head to head clashes stretching back to 20/10/2018 shows that Cerezo Osaka have won 2 of these games & FC Tokyo 3, with the number of drawn results standing at 1.
In all, 12 goals were scored between the two sides during those clashes, with 4 from Sakura and 8 coming from FC Tokyo. The average goals per game has been 2.
The previous league clash featuring these sides was J1 League match day 2 on 06/03/2021 when it ended FC Tokyo 3-2 Cerezo Osaka.
The referee was Yuichi Nishimura.
Team News: Cerezo Osaka
Cerezo Osaka manager Lévir Culpi does not have any fitness worries to speak of ahead of this game with a completely healthy squad to choose from.
Team News: FC Tokyo
FC Tokyo manager Kenta Hasegawa has to contend with a number of unavailable players. Akihiro Hayashi (Cruciate Ligament Injury), Hotaka Nakamura (Meniscus Damage), Kazuya Konno (Cruciate Ligament Rupture) and Takuya Uchida (Acromioclavicular Separation) are names that won’t be on the team sheet.
Looking at these two teams, we feel that FC Tokyo will have their work cut out to put one past this Cerezo Osaka team who we reckon should manage to score & go ahead.
We’re therefore seeing a highly competitive game with a 1-0 winning score for Cerezo Osaka at the end of this game.
A close call.
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🏟️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Yanmar Stadium Nagai (47,853)
Captain: Hiroshi Kiyotake
Chairman: Hiroaki Morishima
Manager: Lévir Culpi
Competitions: J1 League position 12, AFC Champions League (Round of 16)
⭐ Key Man: Yoshito Ōkubo
Customarily deployed in the Striker position, Yoshito Ōkubo was born in Kanda, Japan. After having made a senior debut playing for Cerezo Osaka in the 2001 season, the gifted Forward has scored 5 league goals in this J1 League 2021 season so far in 15 appearances.