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Sanfrecce Hiroshima come up against visiting club FC Tokyo at EDION Stadium Hiroshima in this J1 League game on Saturday.
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Sanfrecce Hiroshima will be looking to improve on their last outing here following a 1-0 J1 League loss in their previous game against Shimizu S-Pulse.
In that game, Sanfrecce Hiroshima had 63% possession and 10 attempts on goal with 2 of them on target. Shimizu S-Pulse got 15 shots on goal with 6 on target. Thiago Santana (30') was the scorer for Shimizu S-Pulse.
Sanfrecce Hiroshima have been quite ineffective in attack of late. Their ‘goals for’ figure equals just 4 against opposition teams over the course of their last 6 matches. In those games, Sanfrecce Hiroshima have also seen the tally of goals against them total 7.
Going into this encounter, Sanfrecce Hiroshima have not won against FC Tokyo in their previous 3 league matches.
After a losing effort in their last game against Tokushima Vortis in J1 League action, FC Tokyo will be hoping to turn things around here.
In that game, FC Tokyo managed 47% possession and 7 shots at goal with 1 of them on target. For their opponents, Tokushima Vortis had 8 shots on goal with 3 of them on target. Joel Chima Fujita (42') and Yuki Kakita (71') scored for Tokushima Vortis.
The numbers tell their own story, and FC Tokyo have been scored against in 5 of their last 6 matches, with opponents netting 15 goals in all. In defence, FC Tokyo have not been doing too well. That pattern isn’t assured to be continued into this next game, though.
Going into this game, the form guide shows that FC Tokyo:
- remain undefeated by Sanfrecce Hiroshima in games played away from home for the previous 3 league games.
- have not won away from home in their last 2 league games.
Head to head
An examination of their most recent head to head clashes stretching back to 22/09/2018 tells us that Sanfrecce Hiroshima have won 1 of them & FC Tokyo 2, with the tally of drawn results being 3.
A total of 11 goals were scored between them throughout the course of those matches, with 5 of them from Sanfrecce and 6 created by FC Tokyo. That is an average goals per game value of 1.83.
The last league meeting between the two was J1 League match day 17 on 30/05/2021 and the score finished FC Tokyo 0-0 Sanfrecce Hiroshima.
On that day, FC Tokyo had 45% possession and 4 attempts on goal with 1 on target.
At the other end, Sanfrecce Hiroshima had 26 attempts at goal with 4 on target.
The referee was Futoshi Nakamura.
Team News: Sanfrecce Hiroshima
The Sanfrecce Hiroshima manager Kentaro Sawada doesn’t have any fitness concerns to speak of before this match with a completely healthy group available for selection.
Team News: FC Tokyo
Owing to a fully injury-free squad to choose from, the FC Tokyo manager Shinichi Morishita has zero fitness concerns to report before this game.
Our feeling is that FC Tokyo are likely to breach the defence of this Sanfrecce Hiroshima side, however that may not be as many as the goals that they could concede.
We’re going for a tight encounter finishing with a 2-1 win for Sanfrecce Hiroshima when the full-time whistle blows. Definitely a tough call.
Our expert partners are tipping over 1.5 goals for this match. Check out their VIP predictions here.
⚽️ Team Focus:
Stadium: EDION Stadium Hiroshima (35,909)
Captain: Sho Sasaki
Chairman: Shingo Senda
Manager: Hiroshi Jofuku
Competitions: J1 League position 10
⭐ Key Man: Júnior Santos
Mostly used in the Striker position, Júnior Santos was born in Conceição do Jacuípe, Brazil. Having made his senior debut playing for Fortaleza in the 2019 season, the accomplished Forward has got 7 league goals in the J1 League 2021 season so far from a total of 33 appearances.