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Nagoya Grampus meet the visiting Cerezo Osaka at Paloma Mizuho Stadium in this J1 League tie on Saturday.
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Nagoya Grampus will be looking for an improved result here following the 3-2 J1 League defeat in their last game at the hands of Kawasaki Frontale.
In that match, Nagoya Grampus had 57% possession and 6 shots at goal with 3 on target. For Nagoya Grampus, the goalscorers were Yuichi Maruyama (60' Own goal), Sho Inagaki (73') and Mateus (83'). At the other end, Kawasaki Frontale had 8 shots on goal with 2 on target. Jesiel (31') and Miki Yamane (50') scored for Kawasaki Frontale.
Massimo Ficcadenti's Nagoya Grampus have netted 9 times in their prior six outings. The comparative tally of goals that they have conceded in that time is 9.
Coming into this fixture, Nagoya Grampus have not been beaten in the league by Cerezo Osaka in their previous 2 matches.
Previously, Cerezo Osaka drew 1-1 in the J1 League tie with Gamba Osaka.
In that game, Cerezo Osaka had 47% possession and 19 shots on goal with 8 on target. The only player to score for Cerezo Osaka was Motohiko Nakajima (74'). At the other end, Gamba Osaka had 11 shots on goal with 4 on target. Patric (82') scored for Gamba Osaka.
Lévir Culpi's Cerezo Osaka have turned their attacks into goals a total of 6 times in the course of their latest six matches. The aggregate of goals that they have conceded during those same clashes adds up to 6.
Pre-game facts show that Cerezo Osaka:
- haven't beaten Nagoya Grampus when they have played them away from home in the previous 3 league games.
- have not won away from home in their last 2 league matches.
Head to head
Checking on their past head-to-head clashes dating back to 02/05/2018 shows us that Nagoya Grampus have won 4 of these games and Cerezo Osaka 1, with the tally of drawn games being 1.
A combined total of 9 goals were shared by the two clubs in these games, with 6 of them for N. Grampus and 3 being from Sakura. The average goals per game has been 1.5.
The previous league contest between the two was J1 League match day 21 on 10/10/2020 which ended up with the score at Nagoya Grampus 1-0 Cerezo Osaka.
The match was refereed by Masaaki Iemoto.
Team News: Nagoya Grampus
There aren’t many selection issues, with just one fitness concern for the Nagoya Grampus boss Massimo Ficcadenti to contend with thanks to an almost full-strength group of players. Mu Kanazaki (Cruciate Ligament Injury) won’t play.
Team News: Cerezo Osaka
Cerezo manager Lévir Culpi has to contend with a number of unavailable players. Hirotaka Tameda (Impingement syndrome) and Hinata Kida (Ligament Injury) are those who can’t be considered.
We’re inclined to think that Cerezo Osaka have the capability to break down this Nagoya Grampus side, although it is unlikely to be enough to avoid defeat.
Our tip is for a close game with a 2-1 winning score for Nagoya Grampus when all is said and done. There shouldn’t be much in it, either way.
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⚽️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Paloma Mizuho Stadium (20,223)
Captain: Yuichi Maruyama
Chairman: Koki Kinishi
Manager: Massimo Ficcadenti
Competitions: J1 League position 2, AFC Champions League (Group G)
🔑 Star Player: Ryogo Yamasaki
Generally playing in the Striker position, Ryogo Yamasaki was born in Okayama, Japan. Having made a first senior appearance for Sagan Tosu in the 2015 season, the talented Forward has managed 3 league goals in this J1 League 2021 season so far coming from a total of 13 appearances.