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The J1 League meeting at Ekimae Real Estate Stadium on Saturday sees home side Sagan Tosu go up against opponents Cerezo Osaka.
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Sagan Tosu are hoping to win again after their last result, the 3-1 J1 League success versus Nagoya Grampus.
In that match, Sagan Tosu managed 55% possession and 13 attempts at goal with 4 of them on target. For Sagan Tosu, goals were scored by Eduardo (39' Own goal), Yoshihiro Nakano (48'), Noriyoshi Sakai (51') and Tomoya Koyamatsu (80'). Nagoya Grampus had 12 attempts at goal with 7 on target.
It’s been all too rare in recent times where Sagan Tosu haven’t conceded. The reality is that Sagan Tosu have seen their defence breached in 5 of their previous 6 matches, letting in 6 goals in the process. Still, we must now wait to see if that trend shall be replicated in this next game.
Going into this one, Sagan Tosu have not been beaten in their last 4 league matches at home.
In their previous game, Cerezo Osaka drew 3-3 in the J1 League tie with FC Tokyo.
In that game, Cerezo Osaka managed 64% possession and 20 attempts on goal with 5 on target. For Cerezo Osaka, the scorers were Mutsuki Kato (46'), Tatsuhiro Sakamoto (57') and Tiago Pagnussat (74'). On the other side, FC Tokyo had 10 attempts at goal with 3 on target. Leandro (13', 82') and Diego Oliveira (39') scored for FC Tokyo.
In the course of their six most recent matches, Lévir Culpi's Cerezo Osaka have fired home 13 times thus earning them a goals per game average of 2.17.
Ahead of this meeting, Cerezo Osaka haven't been beaten by Sagan Tosu when having played them away from home in the previous 2 league matches.
Head to head
A glance at their most recent head to head meetings dating back to 05/08/2018 shows us that Sagan Tosu have won 3 of these and Cerezo Osaka 2, with the number of drawn results being 1.
A combined sum of 11 goals were produced between them throughout the course of those matches, with 6 from Sagan Tosu and 5 netted by Sakura. The average number of goals per game works out to 1.83.
The last league meeting between the two was J1 League match day 7 on 02/04/2021 which finished with the scoreline of Cerezo Osaka 1-0 Sagan Tosu.
In that match, Cerezo Osaka managed 41% possession and 12 shots on goal with 3 on target. The scorer was Hiroaki Okuno (46').
On the other side, Sagan Tosu had 9 shots at goal with 3 on target.
The referee was Yoshiro Imamura.
Team News: Sagan Tosu
Ye-hoon Ueom (Fatigue fracture) and Yosuke Yuzawa (Cruciate Ligament Rupture) will not be taking part for Sagan Tosu manager Myung-Hwi Kim.
Team News: Cerezo Osaka
Due to a fully healthy squad available to choose from, Cerezo Osaka boss Lévir Culpi has zero fitness concerns whatsoever coming into this match.
Cerezo Osaka and Sagan Tosu could well cancel each other out, with goals at a real premium.
Let’s see how it plays out, but a draw with few scoring chances is looking likely to us. We’re therefore tipping a very even match with a 0-0 scoreline at the end of the 90.
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⚽️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Ekimae Real Estate Stadium (24,130)
Captain: Carlos Eduardo
Chairman: Junjiro Fukuoka
Manager: Myung-Hwi Kim
Competitions: J1 League position 4
⭐ Key Player: Noriyoshi Sakai
Usually taking to the field in the Right Attacking Midfielder position, Noriyoshi Sakai was born in Niigata, Japan. Having made a first senior appearance for Albirex Niigata in the 2011 season, the talented Midfielder has contributed 5 league goals in the J1 League 2021 season so far in 12 appearances.