FC Ryukyu head to Kanseki Stadium on Sunday for the J2 League meeting with home team Tochigi S.C..
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Tochigi S.C. prepare for this match following on from a 1-1 J2 League drawn game versus V-Varen Nagasaki.
The only name on the scoresheet from Tochigi S.C. was Keita Ueda (37'). Asahi Uenaka (64') was the scorer for V-Varen Nagasaki.
Yu Tokisaki's Tochigi S.C. have seen rewards for their attempts on goal a sum total of 6 times in their prior six outings. Conversely, the tally of goals that have been scored against them in those fixtures is 6.
Since a losing effort in their last game against Renofa Yamaguchi in J2 League competition, FC Ryukyu will be hoping to turn things around here.
Kensuke Sato (74') scored for Renofa Yamaguchi.
A tendency of at least one team not managing to score in games featuring FC Ryukyu has become apparent in recent matches. A glance at their last six outings shows that this has occurred 5 times. During these clashes, their opponents have hit a goal aggregate of 7 while FC Ryukyu have scored 2. Let’s see if that trend will end up being continued on in this game.
Heading into this fixture, FC Ryukyu are without a win away from home in their last 3 league games.
Head to head
A look at their prior head-to-head clashes stretching back to 20/10/2019 tells us that Tochigi S.C. have won 1 of these and FC Ryukyu 4, with the number of drawn games standing at 1.
A total of 21 goals were scored between them during those clashes, with 9 of them from Tochigi and 12 belonging to Ryukyu. This gives an average number of goals per game equal to 3.5.
The previous league match between the two was J2 League match day 16 on 14/05/2022 which ended up with the score at FC Ryukyu 1-0 Tochigi S.C.
The referee was Yosuke Kubota.
Team News: Tochigi S.C.
The Tochigi S.C. boss Yu Tokisaki has no fitness worries at all ahead of this match owing to a completely injury-free squad available for selection.
Team News: FC Ryukyu
FC Ryukyu boss Nacho Fernández has a number of players out of action. Álex Barrera (Groin Strain) and Takuma Abe (Achilles tendon rupture) are not able to play.
When taking everything into account, FC Ryukyu could find themselves up against it to breach the defence of this Tochigi S.C. team who we reckon should manage to score & go ahead.
Our tip is therefore for a hard-fought contest, finishing with a 1-0 win for Tochigi S.C. at the end of this game.
Should be an interesting one.
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🏟️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Kanseki Stadium (25,244)
Captain: Yuki Nishiya
Chairman: Daisuke Hashimoto
Manager: Yu Tokisaki
Competitions: J2 League position 18
⭐ Key Player: Kisho Yano
Mostly taking up the Striker position, Kisho Yano was born in Shizuoka, Japan. After having made a senior debut playing for Kashiwa Reysol in the 2003 season, the skilful Forward has scored a sum of 7 league goals in this J2 League 2022 season to date coming from a total of 34 appearances.