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FC Tokyo journey to NOEVIR Stadium Kobe on Saturday for the J1 League meeting with home side Vissel Kobe.
For all of our match predictions, pre-game poll and statistics for Vissel Kobe v FC Tokyo, scroll down including the latest game odds.
Vissel Kobe will be hoping for a better result following the 3-2 J1 League losing effort in their last game against Kawasaki Frontale.
For Vissel Kobe, the goalscorers were Kyogo Furuhashi (23') and Noriaki Fujimoto (59'). Yū Kobayashi (8'), Leandro Damião (82') and Taisei Miyashiro (85') scored for Kawasaki Frontale.
It has not been often in recent times that Vissel Kobe have shown defensive steel. It will be a concern for them that Ushi have failed to prevent opponents from scoring in 6 of their previous 6 clashes, letting in 13 goals along the way. We shall soon find out if that trend can be sustained in this game.
Their prior results show that Vissel Kobe:
- are unbeaten in their last 2 home league matches.
- haven’t won at home in the past 5 league matches. Their supporters are understandably frustrated.
FC Tokyo go into this encounter following a 2-1 J1 League win as they beat Yokohama FC in their last match.
For FC Tokyo, the scorers were Kyosuke Tagawa (30') and Taichi Hara (85'). Yusuke Minagawa (17') scored for Yokohama FC.
In their previous half-dozen clashes, FC Tokyo have bagged a tally of 13 goals. FC Tokyo have also managed to score in every single one of those games. Over that period, they’ve seen 7 goals go into their own net.
A look at their previous results shows us that FC Tokyo:
- haven't been beaten by Vissel Kobe in games played away from home for the previous 3 league games.
- are unbeaten in their last 9 away league matches. What an impressive run of results.
Head to head
Looking over their prior head-to-head meetings stretching back to 20/05/2017 shows us that Vissel Kobe have won 1 of these games & FC Tokyo 3, with the tally of draws being 2.
9 goals were scored between the two sides in this period, with 3 for Ushi and 6 created by FC Tokyo. That is an average goals per game value of 1.5.
The last league contest between these clubs was J1 League match day 29 on 19/10/2019 when it ended Vissel Kobe 1-3 FC Tokyo.
The match was refereed by Yusuke Araki.
Team News: Vissel Kobe
Douglas (Knee Injury), Junya Tanaka (Pulled hamstring at the adductors) and Andrés Iniesta (Ankle Injury) are unavailable for Kobe gaffer Thorsten Fink.
Team News: FC Tokyo
FC Tokyo boss Kenta Hasegawa has multiple availability issues to deal with. Kiwara Miyazaki (Biceps femoris muscle injury) and Keigo Higashi (Metatarsal Fracture) won’t be making appearances.
We believe that FC Tokyo and Vissel Kobe could well end up finding themselves trading goals here.
A draw looks like a realistic possibility but, again, we don’t expect it to end goalless. We’re therefore anticipating a great battle with a 2-2 score draw at the end of the match.
🏟️ Team Focus:
Stadium: NOEVIR Stadium Kobe (29,332)
Captain: Andrés Iniesta
Chairman: Yozo Tachibana
Manager: Thorsten Fink
Competitions: J1 League position 10, AFC Champions League (Group G)
🔑 Key Man: Kyogo Furuhashi
Mostly played in the Left Wing position, Kyogo Furuhashi was born in Japan. Having played his first senior match for FC Gifu in the 2017 season, the dangerous Forward has hit 5 league goals in the J1 League 2020 campaign to date in 13 appearances.