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Cerezo Osaka will face off against visiting team Sagan Tosu at Yanmar Stadium Nagai in the J1 League game on Friday.
Scroll down for all of our predictions, poll and stats for the Cerezo Osaka v Sagan Tosu game (inc. the best betting odds).
Cerezo Osaka go into this game following a 0-0 J1 League stalemate vs Shonan Bellmare.
In that game, Cerezo Osaka had 48% possession and 11 shots at goal with 1 of them on target. On the other side, Shonan Bellmare got 16 attempts at goal with 3 on target.
In their preceding six fixtures, Lévir Culpi's Cerezo Osaka have scored a combined total of 11 times resulting in an average number of goals scored per match equal to 1.83.
Leading up to this clash, Cerezo Osaka:
- haven't won against Sagan Tosu in their last 3 league matches.
- are unbeaten in their last 3 home league matches.
In their previous game, Sagan Tosu drew 0-0 in the J1 League match with Avispa Fukuoka.
In that game, Sagan Tosu had 71% possession and 16 attempts at goal with 4 of them on target. On the other side, Avispa Fukuoka got 7 attempts on goal with 0 on target.
A tendency of at least one team not managing to score in games featuring Sagan Tosu has been evident recently. Checking on their last six meetings reveals that it has occurred 6 times. In those clashes, opposing sides have hit a goal aggregate of 0 and Sagan Tosu have scored 10.
Their prior results show that Sagan Tosu:
- remain undefeated by Cerezo Osaka when they have played them away from home in the previous 2 league games.
- are undefeated in their last 10 away league matches. Travelling very well.
Head to head
Inspecting their past head-to-head clashes dating back to 07/04/2018 tells us that Cerezo Osaka have won 2 of these games & Sagan Tosu 3, with the number of draws standing at 1.
13 goals were scored between them during those clashes, with 6 of them for Sakura and 7 created by Sagan Tosu. The average number of goals per game works out to 2.17.
The previous league encounter featuring these sides was J1 League match day 33 on 16/12/2020 which ended up with the score at Cerezo Osaka 1-2 Sagan Tosu.
The referee was Minoru Tojo.
Team News: Cerezo Osaka
Hirotaka Tameda (Impingement syndrome), Riki Harakawa (Torn Muscle Fibre), Toshiyuki Takagi (Torn Muscle Fibre), Tatsuhiro Sakamoto (Torn Muscle Fibre) and Koji Toriumi (Medial Collateral Ligament Knee Injury) won’t be playing for Cerezo boss Lévir Culpi.
Team News: Sagan Tosu
With a fully injury-free group available to select from, Sagan Tosu manager Myung-Hwi Kim does not have any fitness concerns at all ahead of this clash.
In this game, Sagan Tosu have it in them to score against this Cerezo Osaka outfit, however it is unlikely to be enough to avoid defeat.
We are anticipating a tight encounter finishing with a 2-1 winning margin for Cerezo Osaka by the time that the referee blows the final whistle. Expecting it to be very competitive.
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: Lévir Culpi
Competitions: J1 League position 4
🔑 Key Player: Tatsuhiro Sakamoto
Generally taking up the position, Tatsuhiro Sakamoto was born in Tokyo, Japan. After making a first senior appearance for Cerezo Osaka in the 2020 season, the goalscoring Midfielder has got 2 league goals in this J1 League 2021 season so far in 7 appearances.