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Vissel Kobe will be visiting Yanmar Stadium Nagai on Saturday for the J1 League game with home team Cerezo Osaka.
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Cerezo Osaka will play in this match following on from a 0-0 AFC Champions League stalemate vs Kitchee.
Their latest results reveal that quality has been evident in the Cerezo Osaka backline. Sakura have been stingy, resulting in the total number of goals that have gone past their goalkeeper over the course of their previous six clashes standing at 2.
Their prior results show that Cerezo Osaka:
- haven't lost in the league to Vissel Kobe in their last 3 games.
- haven’t won at home in the past 2 league matches.
Vissel Kobe will come into the match following on from a 3-1 J1 League win as they beat Shonan Bellmare in their last match.
In that game, Vissel Kobe managed 62% possession and 12 attempts on goal with 4 of them on target. For Vissel Kobe, the goalscorers were Kyogo Furuhashi (17'), Hotaru Yamaguchi (45') and Yuya Nakasaka (63'). Shonan Bellmare had 18 attempts on goal with 6 on target. Tarik Elyounoussi (12') was the scorer for Shonan Bellmare.
The stats don’t lie, and Vissel Kobe have been scored against in 5 of their last 6 games, seeing opposing sides hit 6 goals in all. Defensively, Ushi certainly have room for improvement. Having said that, we’ll just have to find out if that pattern will be sustained in this upcoming match or not.
Looking at the pre-match facts, Vissel Kobe:
- have left without a victory over Cerezo Osaka in games played away from home for the previous 4 matches in the league. Not the best of away records.
- have not been beaten in their last 2 away league matches.
Head to head
Looking at their most recent head-to-head clashes going back to 01/08/2018 tells us that Cerezo Osaka have won 2 of them and Vissel Kobe 1, with the tally of drawn matches standing at 3.
A combined sum of 7 goals were yielded between them throughout the course of those matches, with 4 of them from Sakura and 3 coming from Ushi. The average number of goals per game works out to 1.17.
The previous league fixture between the two was J1 League match day 14 on 15/05/2021 when the final score was Vissel Kobe 1-1 Cerezo Osaka.
On that occasion, Vissel Kobe managed 57% possession and 13 shots on goal with 3 of them on target. Their only player on the scoresheet was Thomas Vermaelen (96').
For their opponents, Cerezo Osaka got 8 attempts at goal with 2 of them on target. Tatsuhiro Sakamoto (75') was the scorer.
The match was refereed by Masaaki Iemoto.
Team News: Cerezo Osaka
Cerezo Osaka manager Lévir Culpi will be happy not to have any fitness concerns at all before this match with a fully injury-free squad available to choose from.
Team News: Vissel Kobe
Owing to an otherwise full-strength squad, there is just the one fitness worry for the Vissel Kobe boss Atsuhiro Miura to be concerned about. Lincoln (Hamstring Injury) misses out for this game.
Our thinking is that Vissel Kobe and Cerezo Osaka are probably both going to find scoring goals difficult here.
We’ll see, but this could easily end up all-square. We’re therefore anticipating a hard-fought 0-0 scoreline after 90 minutes.
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⚽️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Yanmar Stadium Nagai (47,853)
Captain: Hiroshi Kiyotake
Chairman: Hiroaki Morishima
Manager: Lévir Culpi
Competitions: J1 League position 12, AFC Champions League (Round of 16)
🔑 Key Player: Tatsuhiro Sakamoto
Typically playing in the position, Tatsuhiro Sakamoto was born in Tokyo, Japan. Having made a first senior appearance for Cerezo Osaka in the 2020 season, the gifted Midfielder has scored a sum of 3 league goals in the J1 League 2021 season so far from a total of 13 appearances.