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Nagoya Grampus will take to the pitch with the visiting Cerezo Osaka at Paloma Mizuho Stadium in the J1 League clash on Saturday.
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Nagoya Grampus will be looking for an improved result here following the 2-1 J1 League defeat last time out to Yokohama F. Marinos.
In that match, Nagoya Grampus managed 36% possession and 6 shots on goal with 2 on target. The scorer for Nagoya Grampus was Shinnosuke Nakatani (24'). Yokohama F. Marinos had 14 attempts at goal with 5 on target. Élber (35') and Anderson Lopes (86') scored for Yokohama F. Marinos.
Nagoya Grampus have been quite ineffective in attack of late. Their ‘goals for’ figure stands at just 4 vs opposition teams during their previous six fixtures. In those games, Nagoya Grampus have also seen the tally of goals that have gone against them total 5. It will be interesting to find out whether or not that trend will be sustained here.
Coming into this clash, Nagoya Grampus are without a home win in the past 2 matches in the league.
Cerezo Osaka come into this encounter following a 2-1 J1 League win versus Júbilo Iwata in their most recent fixture.
In that game, Cerezo Osaka had 51% possession and 20 attempts on goal with 8 on target. The only player on the scoresheet for Cerezo Osaka was Seiya Maikuma (32', 40'). Júbilo Iwata had 11 shots on goal with 4 on target. Fabián González (79') was the scorer for Júbilo Iwata.
The attacking players from Cerezo Osaka have failed to get amongst the goals in their past six games, recording the disappointing return of only 4. In those fixtures, Sakura have also seen the overall goal aggregate of opposing teams equal 8.
Leading up to this clash, Cerezo Osaka:
- have not emerged victorious against Nagoya Grampus in away games against them for the last 4 league matches. Not good at all.
- are undefeated in their last 6 league matches away from home.
- are without an away win for the past 2 league matches.
Head to head
A review of their past head-to-head clashes stretching back to 02/03/2019 shows us that Nagoya Grampus have won 4 of them and Cerezo Osaka 2, with the number of draws standing at 0.
A combined sum of 12 goals were scored between them throughout the course of those matches, with 7 from N. Grampus and 5 coming from Sakura. That is an average goals per game value of 2.
The previous league meeting featuring these sides was J1 League match day 37 on 27/11/2021 which finished with the scoreline of Cerezo Osaka 2-1 Nagoya Grampus.
That time, Cerezo Osaka managed 58% possession and 17 attempts on goal with 5 on target. The scorers were Naoyuki Fujita (80') and Ryuya Nishio (87').
Nagoya Grampus got 6 attempts on goal with 3 on target. Yōichirō Kakitani (67') scored.
The referee was Hajime Matsuo.
Team News: Nagoya Grampus
Almost everyone can be considered, as there’s just a single fitness concern for the Nagoya Grampus manager Kenta Hasegawa to contend with from a near full-strength squad. Kazuki Nagasawa (Meniscal Injury) will miss out.
It seems likely that Nagoya Grampus should go for a 3-1-4-2 system for this one, handing starts to Mitchell Langerak, Shinnosuke Nakatani, Haruya Fujii, Yuichi Maruyama, Leo Silva, Ryoya Morishita, Sho Inagaki, Keiya Sento, Yuki Soma, Mateus and Noriyoshi Sakai.
Team News: Cerezo Osaka
Cerezo Osaka boss Akio Kogiku has to choose from a squad that has some fitness concerns. Jin-hyeon Kim (Concussion) and Ryosuke Shindo (Calf Injury) are not able to play. Players who are serving a ban and are therefore ineligible to play are Hirotaka Tameda and Takashi Inui.
There’s a good chance that Sakura could decide to play in a 4-2-3-1 lineup, going with Jin-Hyeon Kim, Riku Matsuda, Matej Jonjic, Ryuya Nishio, Ryosuke Yamanaka, Hiroaki Okuno, Tokuma Suzuki, Seiya Maikuma, Hiroshi Kiyotake, Jean Patrick and Hiroto Yamada.
We’re of the opinion that Cerezo Osaka and Nagoya Grampus should play out a closely-fought contest here.
There should be little in it, and a draw looks to be quite a realistic result. That’s why we have predicted a very close game with a 1-1 scoreline when all is said and done.
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🏟️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Paloma Mizuho Stadium (20,223)
Captain: Sho Inagaki
Chairman: Koki Kinishi
Manager: Kenta Hasegawa
Competitions: J1 League position 15, J. League Cup (Group B)
⭐ Key Man: Mateus
Usually taking to the field in the Right Wing position, Mateus was born in Brazil. Having made his senior debut playing for Ōmiya Ardija in the 2015 season, the dangerous Forward has managed 3 league goals in the J1 League 2022 season to date from a total of 12 appearances.