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Gamba Osaka will do battle with visitors Vegalta Sendai at Panasonic Stadium Suita in the J1 League match on Sunday.
View all of the Gamba Osaka v Vegalta Sendai predictions, poll and stats below (plus the best game odds).
Gamba Osaka will be looking to improve on their last outing here following the 0-1 J1 League losing effort in their last game against Cerezo Osaka.
In that match, Gamba Osaka managed 49% possession and 11 attempts on goal with 4 on target. Cerezo Osaka got 16 attempts at goal with 4 on target. Riku Matsuda (51') was the scorer for Cerezo Osaka.
Masanobu Matsunami's Gamba Osaka have scored 5 times over their past six outings. The tally of goals that have been scored against them in those games stands at 9.
Coming into this contest, Gamba Osaka have not won at home in their last 3 league matches.
Since suffering a loss in their previous game against Sagan Tosu in J1 League action, Vegalta Sendai and their travelling supporters will be hoping that they can get a better result in this one.
In that game, Vegalta Sendai managed 29% possession and 8 shots at goal with 2 of them on target. For their opponents, Sagan Tosu got 13 attempts at goal with 5 of them on target. Eduardo (66') scored for Sagan Tosu.
The trend of at least one team drawing a blank in games featuring Vegalta Sendai has been fairly consistent of late. Checking on their last 6 outings shows that it’s happened 5 times. In those clashes, their opponents have managed a goal total of 9 and Vegalta Sendai have scored 1. We will have to see if that trend can be sustained into this next match.
Coming into this clash, Vegalta Sendai are without a win away from home in their last 3 matches in the league.
Head to head
Checking out their prior head to head meetings going back to 19/08/2018, neither club has come out on top overall with Gamba Osaka winning 3 of those games, Vegalta Sendai 3 and 0 being draws after 90 minutes of play.
In all, 18 goals were produced between them throughout the course of those matches, with 9 of them for Gamba Osaka and 9 created by Vegalta. This gives an average number of goals per game equal to 3.
The previous league encounter between the two was J1 League match day 5 on 03/08/2021 which ended up with the score at Vegalta Sendai 0-1 Gamba Osaka.
On that occasion, Vegalta Sendai had 56% possession and 18 attempts on goal with 3 on target.
Gamba Osaka had 12 shots on goal with 6 of them on target. Patric (35') was the scorer.
The referee was Yusuke Araki.
Team News: Gamba Osaka
Haruto Shirai (Cruciate Ligament Injury), Wellington Silva (Adductor problems) and Jun Ichimori (Hamstring Injury) are not available for Gamba Osaka gaffer Masanobu Matsunami.
Team News: Vegalta Sendai
Thanks to a completely healthy group ready to go, the Vegalta Sendai boss Makoto Teguramori has no fitness worries to speak of ahead of this match.
We’ve got the feeling that Vegalta Sendai will have to play well to breach the defence of this Gamba Osaka lineup who we think will end up scoring and possibly keep a clean sheet as well.
We’re therefore tipping a good battle with a 1-0 winning margin for Gamba Osaka at full-time.
It should be a good one.
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🏟️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Panasonic Stadium Suita (39,694)
Captain: Genta Miura
Chairman: Tadashi Ono
Manager: Masanobu Matsunami
Competitions: J1 League position 13
🔑 Star Man: Takashi Usami
Normally deployed in the Left Wing position, Takashi Usami was born in Nagaokakyō, Japan. Having made a first senior appearance for Gamba Osaka in the 2009 season, the skilful Forward has netted 3 league goals in this J1 League 2021 campaign to date in 27 appearances.