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Cerezo Osaka will do battle with guests Gamba Osaka at Yanmar Stadium Nagai in this J1 League tie on Sunday.
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Cerezo Osaka will want to continue from where they left off last time out with a 1-0 J1 League success against Urawa Red Diamonds.
In that game, Cerezo Osaka managed 35% possession and 13 attempts on goal with 5 of them on target. The only player on the scoresheet for Cerezo Osaka was Yusuke Maruhashi (66'). At the other end, Urawa Red Diamonds had 13 shots at goal with 3 of them on target.
Lévir Culpi's Cerezo Osaka have scored a sum total of 5 times over their last six outings. Conversely, the tally of goals that have been scored against them in those same fixtures amounts to 5.
Coming into this fixture, Cerezo Osaka haven't been beaten in the league by Gamba Osaka in their last 3 games.
After being defeated in their last game at the hands of Nagoya Grampus in J1 League competition, Gamba Osaka and their travelling supporters will be hoping that they can get a better result in this one.
In that game, Gamba Osaka had 63% possession and 12 attempts at goal with 1 of them on target. For their opponents, Nagoya Grampus had 13 attempts on goal with 5 on target. Ryogo Yamasaki (29') and Yuki Soma (55') scored for Nagoya Grampus.
Fixtures involving Gamba Osaka have had a tendency of being rather unremarkable ones in recent times with a scarcity of goals being the norm. During their past half dozen clashes, a paltry gross goal total of 4 has been yielded between both them and their opposition at an average goals per game of 0.67.
Heading into this fixture, Gamba Osaka have not registered a win against Cerezo Osaka when having played them away from home in the previous 2 league games.
Head to head
Checking on their prior head to head meetings going back to 21/04/2018 shows that Cerezo Osaka have won 2 of them & Gamba Osaka 3, with the tally of draws being 1.
12 goals were produced between them throughout the course of those matches, with 6 for Sakura and 6 belonging to Gamba Osaka. This gives an average number of goals per game equal to 2.
The last league encounter featuring the two was J1 League match day 26 on 03/11/2020 which finished with the scoreline of Cerezo Osaka 1-1 Gamba Osaka.
The referee was Hiroyuki Kimura.
Team News: Cerezo Osaka
Hirotaka Tameda (Impingement syndrome) and Hinata Kida (Ligament Injury) will not be taking part for Cerezo gaffer Lévir Culpi.
Team News: Gamba Osaka
Gamba Osaka boss Tsuneyasu Miyamoto has to choose a team with limited availability. Haruto Shirai (Cruciate Ligament Injury), Yuji Ono (Cruciate Ligament Injury) and Jun Ichimori (Hamstring Injury) can’t be considered.
Looking at these two teams, we feel that Gamba Osaka could well find it tough to break down this Cerezo Osaka side who we think might well score at least once to put them ahead.
With that in mind, we reckon that it will be a very competitive encounter with a 1-0 victory for Cerezo Osaka when the full-time whistle blows.
Let’s see how this one goes.
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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 5
⭐ Star Man: Mutsuki Kato
Usually taking up the Centre Midfield position, Mutsuki Kato was born in Saitama, Japan. Having played his first senior match for Cerezo Osaka in the 2021 season, the talented Midfielder has bagged 2 league goals in the J1 League 2021 season so far in a total of 11 appearances.