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Júbilo Iwata play host to visiting opponents Sagan Tosu at Yamaha Stadium in the J1 League fixture on Saturday.
Our full set of predictions, statistics and match poll for Júbilo Iwata v Sagan Tosu can be seen below - as well as up-to-date odds.
Júbilo Iwata will be hoping for a better result following a 0-2 J1 League defeat in their last game at the hands of Yokohama F. Marinos.
In that match, Júbilo Iwata had 35% possession and 9 attempts on goal with 4 on target. Yokohama F. Marinos got 13 shots at goal with 3 on target. Teruhito Nakagawa (55') and Léo Ceará (63') scored for Yokohama F. Marinos.
Júbilo Iwata have really struggled up front of late. Their sum of goals equals just 4 against opposition teams over their previous 6 outings. In those games, Júbilo Iwata have also seen the tally of goals scored against them total 8. It will be interesting to see whether or not that trend can be continued on here.
Their prior results show that Júbilo Iwata:
- have not emerged victorious against Sagan Tosu in their previous 3 league matches.
- are without a win at home for the past 2 league games.
Sagan Tosu go into this meeting following a 2-1 J1 League win vs Gamba Osaka in their previous game.
In that game, Sagan Tosu had 54% possession and 11 attempts on goal with 5 on target. For Sagan Tosu, the scorers were Yuki Horigome (19') and Seok-Ho Hwang (88'). On the other side, Gamba Osaka had 13 attempts on goal with 2 of them on target. Hiroto Yamami (58') scored for Gamba Osaka.
Throughout their six previous matches, Kenta Kawai's Sagan Tosu have turned their attacks into goals a total of 8 times, earning them the goals per game average of 1.33.
Coming into this clash, Sagan Tosu are without a win away from home in their last 2 matches in the league.
Head to head
A review of their prior head-to-head meetings dating back to 16/04/2017 shows us that Júbilo Iwata have won 3 of these games and Sagan Tosu 1, with the tally of drawn games standing at 2.
A combined sum of 11 goals were produced between them during those clashes, with 7 of them for Júbilo Iwata and 4 being from Sagan Tosu. This gives an average number of goals per game equal to 1.83.
The last league clash between these clubs was J1 League match day 29 on 19/10/2019 when it finished Júbilo Iwata 2-2 Sagan Tosu.
The referee was Yuichi Nishimura.
Team News: Júbilo Iwata
Hiroki Yamada (Metatarsal Fracture) and Ryo Takano (Meniscal Injury) won’t be available for Júbilo Iwata manager Akira Ito.
We think that Júbilo Iwata should employ a 3-4-2-1 formation in the match featuring Ryuki Miura, Norimichi Yamamoto, Makito Ito, Ricardo Graca, Mahiro Yoshinaga, Yasuhito Endo, Naoki Kanuma, Masaya Matsumoto, Rikiya Uehara, Kotaro Omori and Fabian Gonzalez.
Team News: Sagan Tosu
Thanks to a completely injury-free squad to pick from, the Sagan Tosu manager Kenta Kawai has no fitness concerns whatsoever coming into this clash.
We’re of the thinking that Sagan Tosu seem most likely to make use of a 3-4-2-1 formation, choosing Il-Kyu Park, Seok-Ho Hwang, Masaya Tashiro, Diego, Wataru Harada, Akito Fukuta, Kei Koizumi, Yuto Iwasaki, Yuki Horigome, Yuji Ono and Taisei Miyashiro.
In our opinion, Júbilo Iwata may not find it easy to be putting a goal past this Sagan Tosu lineup who we think will likely get the vital goal that wins it.
With that in mind, we reckon that it will be a very even contest with a 0-1 win for Sagan Tosu after 90 minutes.
Our expert partners are tipping over 1.5 goals for this match. Check out their VIP predictions here.
⚽️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Yamaha Stadium (15,165)
Captain: Kentaro Oi
Chairman: Masaru Ono
Manager: Akira Ito
Competitions: J1 League position 15
🔑 Star Man: Fabián González
Normally played in the Striker position, Fabián González was born in Puerto Tejada, Colombia. After having made a senior debut playing for Júbilo Iwata in the 2022 season, the skilful Forward has hit 3 league goals in the J1 League 2022 campaign so far from a total of 11 appearances.