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Thespa Kusatsu journey to Ningineer Stadium on Saturday for the J2 League meeting with home side Ehime FC.
Scroll down for all of our predictions, poll and stats for the Ehime FC v Thespa Kusatsu game (plus the best game odds).
Ehime FC will be looking to improve on their last outing here following the 3-1 J2 League loss in their previous game against Giravanz Kitakyushu.
The only scorer from Ehime FC was Taishi Nishioka (93'). Daigo Takahashi (68', 80') scored for Giravanz Kitakyushu.
It has been seldom in recent times where Ehime FC have kept a clean sheet. It will be a concern for them that Ehime have failed to prevent opponents from scoring in 6 of their previous 6 matches, shipping 11 goals on the way. Let’s find out whether or not that trend will be continued on here.
Following on from a losing effort in their last game against Tokyo Verdy in J2 League competition, Thespa Kusatsu will be hoping to turn things around here.
Jin Hanato (40') and Shion Inoue (72') scored for Tokyo Verdy.
The stats tell the story, and Thespa Kusatsu have been scored against in 6 of their last 6 matches, seeing their opponents hit 13 goals in all. At the back, Gunma have some weaknesses to address.
Their past results show that Thespa Kusatsu:
- have not beaten Ehime FC when they have played them away from home in the previous 3 matches in the league.
- are without an away win for the past 3 league matches.
Head to head
A look at their past head to head clashes stretching back to 25/10/2015 shows us that Ehime FC have won 5 of these and Thespa Kusatsu 1, with the number of drawn games being 0.
In all, 17 goals were scored between the two sides throughout the course of those matches, with 13 for Ehime and 4 being from Gunma. This gives an average number of goals per game equal to 2.83.
The previous league clash featuring these clubs was J2 League match day 20 on 20/09/2020 which finished with the scoreline of Thespa Kusatsu 1-0 Ehime FC.
Team News: Ehime FC
Availability isn’t a big problem, with just one fitness concern for the Ehime FC manager Kenta Kawai to contend with due to a largely intact group. Shuma Mihara (Corona virus) misses out. Daiki Kogure is ineligible for this match because of suspension.
Team News: Thespa Kusatsu
Due to a completely healthy group available to choose from, Thespa Kusatsu boss Hitoshi Morishita does not have any fitness worries whatsoever coming into this match.
We’ve got the feeling that Thespa Kusatsu and Ehime FC could well end up finding themselves level here, with both teams capable of netting.
Will be interesting to see how this one goes, with a good chance of a draw. We’re therefore predicting a very even match with a 1-1 score draw when all is said and done.
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⚽️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Ningineer Stadium (20,919)
Captain: Go Nishida
Chairman: Tadashi Murakami
Manager: Kenta Kawai
Competitions: J2 League position 21
🔑 Star Man: Takumu Kawamura
Regularly used in the position, Takumu Kawamura was born in Hiroshima, Japan. Having made a first senior appearance for Ehime FC in the 2020 season, the talented Midfielder has accumulated 4 league goals in the J2 League 2020 campaign to date coming from a total of 31 appearances.