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Shonan Bellmare will take to the pitch with visiting opponents FC Tokyo at Lemon Gas Stadium Hiratsuka in this J1 League match on Saturday.
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Shonan Bellmare will be wanting a better result here following the 1-4 J. League Cup loss in their previous game against Cerezo Osaka.
Satoshi Yamaguchi's Shonan Bellmare have scored 8 times over their prior six outings. The corresponding tally of goals that have been scored against them in that time stands at 8.
Coming into this meeting, Shonan Bellmare haven't won against FC Tokyo in their last 10 league matches.
FC Tokyo will come into the meeting following a 3-1 J1 League win versus Kashima Antlers in their previous fixture.
In that game, FC Tokyo had 54% possession and 12 attempts at goal with 7 of them on target. For FC Tokyo, the goalscorers were Ryoma Watanabe (33', 42') and Diego Oliveira (52'). Kashima Antlers had 13 attempts on goal with 2 on target. Ayase Ueda (54') was the scorer for Kashima Antlers.
A sequence of outstanding performances by the FC Tokyo defenders has resulted in the number of goals they’ve conceded standing at 4 from their previous 6 outings in total. Over that same period of time, their own attack force has managed to score 7. Such a trend won’t necessarily be continued into this game, however.
Ahead of this meeting, FC Tokyo are undefeated by Shonan Bellmare when they have played them away from home in the previous 6 matches in the league. An impressive run.
Head to head
A glance at their prior head-to-head clashes dating back to 23/08/2020 tells us that Shonan Bellmare have won 1 of them and FC Tokyo 5, with the number of drawn results being 0.
A combined sum of 16 goals were shared by the two clubs in this period, with 5 for Shonan and 11 coming from FC Tokyo. The average number of goals per game works out to 2.67.
Team News: Shonan Bellmare
The Shonan Bellmare manager Satoshi Yamaguchi does not have any fitness worries at all ahead of this game thanks to a fully injury-free group ready to go.
In all likelihood, Shonan Bellmare will probably use the 3-1-4-2 system in the match, utilising Kosei Tani, Kazuki Oiwa, Koki Tachi, Daiki Sugioka, Hirokazu Ishihara, Satoshi Tanaka, Ryo Takahashi, Masaki Ikeda, Akimi Barada, Yusuke Segawa and Shuto Machino.
Team News: FC Tokyo
Thanks to a mainly available squad, there’s just the lone fitness issue for the FC Tokyo gaffer Albert Puig to contend with. Akihiro Hayashi (Cruciate Ligament Surgery) won’t be in action.
There’s a good chance that FC Tokyo seem likely to begin the game with a 4-1-2-3 system, choosing Jakub Slowik, Hotaka Nakamura, Yasuki Kimoto, Masato Morishige, Ryoya Ogawa, Takuya Aoki, Shuto Abe, Ryoma Watanabe, Kensuke Nagai, Diego Oliveira and Adailton.
Our thinking is that FC Tokyo and Shonan Bellmare are both capable of scoring here.
Little in this one, and it’s almost too close to call. We’re therefore seeing a very close game with a 1-1 score draw at full-time.
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🏟️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Lemon Gas Stadium Hiratsuka (15,380)
Captain: Kazuki Oiwa
Chairman: Naohito Mizutani
Manager: Satoshi Yamaguchi
Competitions: J1 League position 17, J. League Cup (Play-off stage)
⭐ Key Man: Shuto Machino
Mostly taking to the field in the Striker position, Shuto Machino was born in Japan. After having made a senior debut playing for Shonan Bellmare in the 2021 season, the gifted Forward has managed to score 6 league goals in the J1 League 2022 campaign to date in a total of 14 appearances.