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Kyoto Sanga will be at Yanmar Stadium Nagai on Saturday for the J1 League showdown with hosts Cerezo Osaka.
Our full set of predictions, statistics and match poll for Cerezo Osaka v Kyoto Sanga can be seen below (plus the best game odds).
Cerezo Osaka will be looking for an improved result here following the 2-0 J1 League defeat in their last game at the hands of Yokohama F. Marinos.
In that match, Cerezo Osaka managed 55% possession and 8 attempts on goal with 2 of them on target. At the other end, Yokohama F. Marinos got 20 shots on goal with 5 on target. Yan Matheus (41') and Élber (45') scored for Yokohama F. Marinos.
A recurring characteristic of more recent Cerezo Osaka games is seeing a zero in the scoreline.
Taking their previous six matches leading up to this one, in as many as 6 of them a wager on BTTS would have lost. We will just have to find out if that trend will end up being sustained into this next match.
Going into this one, Cerezo Osaka have not lost a league tie with Kyoto Sanga in their previous 4 games.
Previously, Kyoto Sanga drew 3-3 in the J1 League tie with Kawasaki Frontale.
In that match, Kyoto Sanga had 34% possession and 10 attempts on goal with 4 of them on target. For Kyoto Sanga, the scorers were Shinnosuke Fukuda (6') and Yuta Toyokawa (42', 45'). At the other end, Kawasaki Frontale had 16 attempts at goal with 7 on target. Taisei Miyashiro (19'), Yū Kobayashi (45') and Yasuto Wakizaka (91') scored for Kawasaki Frontale.
Kwi-jae Cho's Kyoto Sanga have seen their goal attempts be successful 6 times throughout their most recent 6 matches. The aggregate of goals that they have conceded during those matches equals 8.
Their prior results show that Kyoto Sanga:
- are undefeated by Cerezo Osaka when having played them away from home in the previous 2 matches in the league.
- have not won away from home in their last 7 league games.
Head to head
An examination of their most recent head-to-head meetings dating back to 27/11/2016 shows us that Cerezo Osaka have won 1 of them and Kyoto Sanga 2, with the number of drawn matches being 3.
A sum of 11 goals were scored between them during those clashes, with 3 of them for Sakura and 8 netted by Kyoto. That’s an average goals per game figure of 1.83.
The previous league fixture featuring these clubs was J1 League match day 13 on 14/05/2023 when it ended Kyoto Sanga 0-1 Cerezo Osaka.
On that occasion, Kyoto Sanga had 61% possession and 13 attempts on goal with 2 of them on target. Their only player on the scoresheet was Tomoya Wakahara (26' Own goal).
On the other side, Cerezo Osaka had 8 attempts at goal with 2 of them on target.
The referee was Takuto Okabe.
Team News: Cerezo Osaka
Shinnosuke Kinoshita (Hamstring muscle injury), Hirotaka Tameda (Meniscus injury), Sota Kitano (Meniscus injury) and Hiroshi Kiyotake (surgery) won’t be playing for Cerezo Osaka gaffer Akio Kogiku.
Team News: Kyoto Sanga
With a fully injury-free squad ready to go, the Kyoto Sanga boss Kwi-jae Cho doesn’t have any fitness concerns whatsoever coming into this game.
When taking all factors into account, Kyoto Sanga are dangerous enough to put one past this Cerezo Osaka team, however it probably shouldn’t be as many as they will have scored against them.
We’re tipping a close game with a 2-1 advantage for Cerezo Osaka at full-time. Should be an interesting one.
Our expert partners are tipping under 3.5 goals for this match. Check out their VIP predictions here.
🏟️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Yanmar Stadium Nagai (47,853)
Captain: Hiroshi Kiyotake
Chairman: Hiroaki Morishima
Manager: Akio Kogiku
Competitions: J1 League position 7
🔑 Key Man: Satoki Uejo
Generally played in the Left Wing position, Satoki Uejo was born in Okinawa, Japan. After having played his first senior match for Cerezo Osaka in the 2022 season, the goalscoring Forward has got 4 league goals in the J1 League 2023 season so far in a total of 26 appearances.