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Urawa Red Diamonds come up against visiting opponents Kashima Antlers at Saitama Stadium 2002 in the J1 League game on Saturday.
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Urawa Red Diamonds
Urawa Red Diamonds will be wanting a better result here following the 0-5 J1 League loss in their previous game against Kawasaki Frontale.
In that game, Urawa Red Diamonds had 53% possession and 6 attempts on goal with 1 on target. Kawasaki Frontale got 13 attempts on goal with 8 of them on target. Yū Kobayashi (42', 53'), Leandro Damião (49'), Reo Hatate (51') and Yasuto Wakizaka (67') scored for Kawasaki Frontale.
An interesting theme in more recent Urawa Red Diamonds games is the number of results with a nil in them.
From their previous 6 clashes leading up to this one, in as many as 5 of them a wager on BTTS would have been a losing one. Such a trend won’t necessarily be sustained into this match, however.
Coming into this meeting, Urawa Red Diamonds have not won at home in their last 2 league matches.
Following on from suffering a loss in their previous game against Nagoya Grampus in J1 League competition, Kashima Antlers will be aiming to make amends here.
In that match, Kashima Antlers had 62% possession and 10 shots on goal with 1 on target. Nagoya Grampus got 5 attempts at goal with 2 of them on target. Sho Inagaki (59') scored for Nagoya Grampus.
Looking at their form, and Kashima Antlers have been scored against in 6 of their last 6 games, conceding 8 goals in total. At the back, Antlers seem to have a bit of a soft underbelly.
Going into this encounter, Kashima Antlers haven't won against Urawa Red Diamonds when they have played them away from home in the previous 3 league games.
Head to head
A glance at their prior head-to-head clashes going back to 05/05/2018 shows that Urawa Red Diamonds have won 2 of these & Kashima Antlers 3, with the number of draws standing at 1.
A sum of 13 goals were scored between them during those clashes, with 5 of them from Reds and 8 netted by Antlers. That’s an average goals per game of 2.17.
The last league game featuring these sides was J1 League match day 30 on 29/11/2020 which finished with the scoreline of Kashima Antlers 4-0 Urawa Red Diamonds.
The match was refereed by Yuichi Nishimura.
Team News: Urawa Red Diamonds
Urawa Red Diamonds manager has no fitness concerns at all ahead of this match owing to a fully injury-free squad ready to go.
Team News: Kashima Antlers
Antlers has a number of players out of action. Shoma Doi (Torn Muscle Fibre) and Ryuji Izumi (torn tendon) will not be playing here. Tomoya Inukai cannot play in this game through suspension.
Here, we’re thinking that Urawa Red Diamonds might well have a job on their hands to breach the defence of this Kashima Antlers side who we think will likely be able to get on the scoresheet themselves in a winning performance.
We therefore think that it’s going to be a very even contest with a 0-1 win for Kashima Antlers at the end of the 90.
Little in this one.
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🏟️ Team Focus:
Urawa Red Diamonds
Stadium: Saitama Stadium 2002 (62,010)
Captain: Yōsuke Kashiwagi
Chairman: Yoichi Tachibana
Manager: Ricardo Rodríguez
Competitions: J1 League position 13
🔑 Key Player: Yuki Abe
Mostly deployed in the Central Defensive Midfielder position, Yuki Abe was born in Chiba, Japan. Having played his first senior match for JEF United Chiba in the 2001 season, the skilful Midfielder has hit 2 league goals in this J1 League 2021 season so far in a total of 6 appearances.