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Kyoto Sanga head to Kashima Soccer Stadium on Saturday for the J1 League clash with home team Kashima Antlers.
Our predictions, user poll and statistics for Kashima Antlers v Kyoto Sanga can be found here - plus the latest betting odds.
Kashima Antlers will be looking for a repeat result of a 2-1 J. League Cup victory versus Avispa Fukuoka.
Matches with Kashima Antlers have usually been entertaining ones recently with a lot of goalmouth action being a real hallmark. Over their past 6 clashes alone, a total of 22 goals have been recorded for both teams combined (at an average of 3.67 goals per game) with 11 of them belonging to Kashima Antlers. We will just have to see whether or not that trend will be sustained in this game.
Going into this game, the form guide shows that Kashima Antlers:
- haven't lost in the league to Kyoto Sanga in their previous 5 games.
- are undefeated in their previous 4 home league matches.
Following on from tasting defeat last time out to Nagoya Grampus in J. League Cup competition, Kyoto Sanga will be aiming to make amends here.
The forward players for Kyoto Sanga have been starved of goals over their previous 6 games, recording the unsatisfactory return of just 4. In those matches, Kyoto have also seen the overall goal aggregate of their opponents equal 12.
Coming into this clash, Kyoto Sanga are without an away win for the past 4 league matches.
Head to head
A glance at their most recent head to head clashes stretching back to 16/07/2008 shows that Kashima Antlers have won 4 of them & Kyoto Sanga 1, with the number of draws being 1.
A combined sum of 15 goals were shared by the two clubs during those clashes, with 9 from Antlers and 6 netted by Kyoto. The average goals per game has been 2.5.
Team News: Kashima Antlers
Shintaro Nago (Peroneus tendon injury) and Ryotaro Araki (Herniated Disc) will not be able to play for Kashima Antlers boss René Weiler. Yuma Suzuki will not be able to play in this game through being suspended.
It looks as if Kashima Antlers may well use the 4-4-2 system in the match, handing starts to Sun-Tae Kwon, Keigo Tsunemoto, Ikuma Sekigawa, Kento Misao, Koki Anzai, Hayato Nakama, Yuta Higuchi, Diego Pituca, Arthur Caike, Ayase Ueda and Ryuji Izumi.
Team News: Kyoto Sanga
Thanks to a largely healthy group of players, there is just the sole fitness worry for the Kyoto Sanga manager Kwi-Jae Cho to contend with. Naoto Misawa (Achilles tendon rupture) won’t be in action. Hisashi Appiah Tawiah is ineligible for this match because of suspension.
We believe Kyoto Sanga will likely utilise a 4-1-2-3 lineup, giving starts to Naoto Kamifukumoto, Takahiro Iida, Kazuma Nagai, Shogo Asada, Takuya Ogiwara, Rikito Inoue, Daiki Kaneko, Sota Kawasaki, Yuta Toyokawa, Peter Utaka and Daigo Araki.
We envisage that Kashima Antlers will likely fashion enough chances to find the net more than once while possibly not conceding when they face Kyoto Sanga, who could well struggle to find the back of the net.
We reckon that it will be a comfortable 2-0 victory for Kashima Antlers come full-time.
Our expert partners are tipping under 3.5 goals for this match. Check out their VIP predictions here.
🏟️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Kashima Soccer Stadium (38,669)
Captain: Kento Misao
Chairman: Fumiaki Koizumi
Manager: René Weiler
Competitions: J1 League position 2, J. League Cup (Play-off stage)
🔑 Key Man: Arthur Caike
Customarily played in the Left Attacking Midfielder position, Arthur Caike was born in Barbalha, Brazil. After having played his first senior match for Coritiba in the 2013 season, the gifted Midfielder has accumulated 4 league goals in this J1 League 2022 season to date coming from a total of 11 appearances.