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Vissel Kobe are going up against visiting team Cerezo Osaka at NOEVIR Stadium Kobe in the J1 League meeting on Wednesday.
Our full set of predictions, statistics and match poll for Vissel Kobe v Cerezo Osaka can be seen below - plus the latest betting odds.
Vissel Kobe prepare for this fixture after a 2-2 J1 League tied result vs FC Tokyo.
For Vissel Kobe, the goals were scored by Takuya Yasui (24') and Dankler (93'). Adailton (50') and Diego Oliveira (58') scored for FC Tokyo.
Vissel Kobe haven’t had any problems with scoring, netting in one hundred percent of their last 6 matches.
They’ve managed to rack up 12 during that time while seeing the number of goals scored against them stand at 12. We will have to see whether or not that trend will end up being sustained into this next match.
Going into this game, the form guide shows that Vissel Kobe:
- have not been beaten in the league by Cerezo Osaka in their previous 2 matches.
- haven't been defeated in their previous 3 home league matches.
- are without a home win in the past 6 league games. Their supporters are understandably frustrated.
Cerezo Osaka head into the match following a 1-2 J1 League win to beat Yokohama F. Marinos in their previous fixture.
For Cerezo Osaka, the goalscorers were Hiroshi Kiyotake (58') and Toshiyuki Takagi (86'). Erik (52') scored for Yokohama F. Marinos.
Illustrating their fondness for high-scoring matches, the back of the net has been hit 21 times in the last six games in which Cerezo Osaka have sent out their troops, yielding a mean average of 3.5 goals per meeting. Opposing teams have got 8 from this total.
Going into this game, the form guide shows that Cerezo Osaka:
- are winless against Vissel Kobe when having played them away from home in the previous 2 matches in the league.
- are undefeated in their previous 2 league matches away from home.
Head to head
Looking at the statistics for their head to head duels dating back to 26/11/2017, neither club has come out on top overall with Vissel Kobe winning 2 of those games, Cerezo Osaka 2 and 2 being drawn after 90 minutes of play.
In all, 10 goals were shared by the two clubs throughout the course of those matches, with 5 of them for Ushi and 5 belonging to Sakura. That’s an average goals per game of 1.67.
The previous league encounter between these sides was J1 League match day 6 on 22/07/2020 when it ended Cerezo Osaka 0-0 Vissel Kobe.
The match was refereed by Masuya Ueda.
Team News: Vissel Kobe
Junya Tanaka (Pulled hamstring at the adductors) and Douglas (Knee Injury) will not be able to play for Kobe boss Thorsten Fink.
Team News: Cerezo Osaka
In an otherwise available squad, there’s only a single fitness problem for the Cerezo Osaka manager Miguel Lotina to be concerned with. Yuta Toyokawa (Knee Injury) won’t be playing here.
Our assessment is that Cerezo Osaka and Vissel Kobe could both end up scoring in what appears to be a good match-up, with little separating these two teams.
A draw looks like a realistic possibility, but we’ll see what happens. That’s why our selection here is for a close game with a 1-1 draw at the end of this one.
⚽️ Team Focus:
Stadium: NOEVIR Stadium Kobe (29,332)
Captain: Andrés Iniesta
Chairman: Yozo Tachibana
Manager: Thorsten Fink
Competitions: J1 League position 11, AFC Champions League (Group G)
🔑 Star Man: Noriaki Fujimoto
Typically played in the Striker position, Noriaki Fujimoto was born in Osaka, Japan. Having made his senior debut playing for Oita Trinita in the 2019 season, the gifted Forward has contributed 3 league goals in the J1 League 2020 season so far in 13 appearances.