Fagiano Okayama head to Ningineer Stadium on Sunday for the J2 League meeting with home side Ehime FC.
Our tips, poll and stats for Ehime FC v Fagiano Okayama can all be found here - as well as the best betting odds.
Ehime FC will be looking for an improved result here after a 1-2 J2 League loss in their previous game against Thespa Kusatsu.
The only player to score from Ehime FC was Shigeru Yokotani (88'). Hiroto Hatao (60') and Kazune Kubota (86') scored for Thespa Kusatsu.
Ehime FC haven’t made the most of their chances in more recent games. Their ‘goals for’ figure stands at just 4 vs opponents over their previous 6 fixtures. In those meetings, Ehime have also seen the number of goals against them total 10.
Going into this one, Ehime FC are without a win at home for the past 6 league games. Their fans aren't happy.
Since suffering a loss in their previous game against Júbilo Iwata in J2 League competition, Fagiano Okayama will be aiming to make amends here.
Lukian (49') scored for Júbilo Iwata.
The strike force from Fagiano Okayama have struggled for goals in their past six games, recording the poor return of only 3. In those matches, Okayama have also seen the overall goal tally of their opponents equal 2. Still, we’ll just have to find out whether that trend shall be sustained in this match.
Going into this encounter, Fagiano Okayama haven't been defeated in their previous 4 away league matches.
Head to head
An examination of their most recent head to head meetings dating back to 01/04/2018 tells us that Ehime FC have won 4 of these games & Fagiano Okayama 2, with the tally of drawn matches standing at 0.
A combined sum of 8 goals were yielded between them during those clashes, with 6 of them for Ehime and 2 coming from Okayama. That’s an average goals per game of 1.33.
The last league encounter featuring these sides was J2 League match day 23 on 30/09/2020 which ended up with the score at Fagiano Okayama 0-1 Ehime FC.
The referee was Atsushi Kamimura.
Team News: Ehime FC
Ehime FC manager Shigenari Izumi will be grateful not to have any fitness concerns to speak of ahead of this clash owing to a completely healthy group available to choose from.
Team News: Fagiano Okayama
Okayama boss Kenji Arima has to currently contend with reduced team options. Shunnosuke Matsuki (Pubis bone irritation), Yuma Hiroki (Thigh Muscle Strain) and Paulinho (Torn muscle bundle) will miss out on this game.
We’re of the opinion that Ehime FC will have a tough ask to find the net against this Fagiano Okayama side who will likely end up scoring and staying ahead.
We’re going for a 0-1 winning margin for Fagiano Okayama at the conclusion of the game.
Let’s see how this one goes.
Our expert partners are tipping over 1.5 goals for this match. Check out their VIP predictions here.
⚽️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Ningineer Stadium (20,919)
Captain: Takanori Maeno
Chairman: Tadashi Murakami
Manager: Shigenari Izumi
Competitions: J2 League position 22
⭐ Star Man: Makito Yoshida
Normally taking to the field in the Striker position, Makito Yoshida was born in Japan. Having made his senior debut playing for Nagoya Grampus in the 2011 season, the gifted Forward has managed to score 2 league goals in the J2 League 2021 season to date coming from a total of 6 appearances.