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Shimizu S-Pulse make the trip to Yanmar Stadium Nagai on Sunday for the J1 League fixture with home team Cerezo Osaka.
All of our predictions, stats and the user poll for Cerezo Osaka v Shimizu S-Pulse are shown below - as well as up-to-date odds.
Cerezo Osaka will be looking for an improved result here following a 2-1 J1 League defeat last time out to Sanfrecce Hiroshima.
In that match, Cerezo Osaka had 37% possession and 4 attempts at goal with 3 of them on target. The only player on the scoresheet for Cerezo Osaka was Bruno Mendes (54'). Sanfrecce Hiroshima got 12 attempts at goal with 4 on target. Gakuto Notsuda (78') and Douglas Vieira (85') scored for Sanfrecce Hiroshima.
Their most recent results really do illustrate the point that things are going according to plan in the Cerezo Osaka defence. Cerezo Osaka have kept it tight, with the number of goals that have gone in at their end during their last 6 games standing at 4. Historical results aside, we’ll just have to find out if the trend shall continue on in this next match or not.
Heading into this contest, Cerezo Osaka are unbeaten in their last 3 league matches at home.
Shimizu S-Pulse will go into this game after a 3-1 J1 League win as they beat Avispa Fukuoka in their previous outing.
In that match, Shimizu S-Pulse managed 42% possession and 8 shots at goal with 3 of them on target. For Shimizu S-Pulse, the scorers were Kenta Nishizawa (7'), Thiago Santana (41') and Benjamin Kololli (85'). Avispa Fukuoka got 13 shots on goal with 5 of them on target. Yuya Yamagishi (80') was the scorer for Avispa Fukuoka.
In as many as 5 of the previous 6 games involving Shimizu S-Pulse, three or more goals have gone in. The overall average number of goals per game within that spell is 2.83, with the number of goals averaged by Shimizu S-Pulse working out to 1.17.
Pre-game facts show that Shimizu S-Pulse:
- have left without a victory over Cerezo Osaka when they've played them away from home in the last 5 league games. They really have not been travelling well at all.
- are without a win away from home in their last 2 league matches.
Head to head
A look at their past head to head clashes stretching back to 30/11/2019 shows us that Cerezo Osaka have won 4 of these games and Shimizu S-Pulse 2, with the tally of drawn results being 0.
A combined total of 19 goals were scored between the two sides in this period, with 11 of them for Sakura and 8 belonging to Shimizu. That is an average goals per game value of 3.17.
The previous league encounter featuring these sides was J1 League match day 4 on 12/03/2022 and the score finished Shimizu S-Pulse 1-3 Cerezo Osaka.
In that match, Shimizu S-Pulse managed 51% possession and 11 attempts at goal with 6 on target. Goals were scored by Akira Ibayashi (45' Own goal) and Daigo Takahashi (54').
Cerezo Osaka had 11 attempts on goal with 2 of them on target. Hiroaki Okuno (57') and Satoki Uejo (83') scored.
The match was refereed by Ryuji Sato.
Team News: Cerezo Osaka
Ryosuke Yamanaka (Groin Injury), Hinata Kida (Surgery) and Yusuke Maruhashi (Knee Surgery) will not be taking part for Cerezo Osaka gaffer Akio Kogiku.
Team News: Shimizu S-Pulse
Shimizu S-Pulse boss Hiroaki Hiraoka has to contend with a number of unavailable players. Renato Augusto (Cartilage Damage), Katsuhiro Nakayama (Thigh Muscle Strain) and Togo Umeda (Cruciate Ligament Rupture) will miss out on this game.
Shimizu S-Pulse will really need to work well to breach the defence of this Cerezo Osaka side who we reckon should manage to score & go ahead.
We’re therefore predicting a hard-fought contest, finishing with a 1-0 win for Cerezo Osaka after 90 minutes.
Hoping for a good game.
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🏟️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Yanmar Stadium Nagai (47,853)
Captain: Hiroshi Kiyotake
Chairman: Hiroaki Morishima
Manager: Akio Kogiku
Competitions: J1 League position 6, J. League Cup (Play-off stage)
⭐ Star Player: Bruno Mendes
Typically taking up the Striker position, Bruno Mendes was born in Cruzeiro, Brazil. Having played his first senior match for Botafogo in the 2012 season, the goalscoring Forward has scored a sum of 3 league goals in this J1 League 2022 campaign to date coming from a total of 11 appearances.