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Kashima Antlers are the guests at Yurtec Stadium Sendai on Saturday for the J1 League showdown with home side Vegalta Sendai.
Our Vegalta Sendai v Kashima Antlers predictions, statistics and match poll can be seen below (inc. the best betting odds).
Vegalta Sendai go into this game following on from a 2-2 J1 League drawn result vs FC Tokyo.
For Vegalta Sendai, the goalscorers were Shun Nagasawa (47') and Yoshiki Matsushita (84'). Leandro (15') and Yojiro Takahagi (64') scored for FC Tokyo.
In their preceding 6 games, Takashi Kiyama's Vegalta Sendai have seen rewards for their attempts on goal a total of 8 times resulting in an average number of goals per match equal to 1.33.
Going into this one, Vegalta Sendai have not registered a win against Kashima Antlers in their previous 4 matches in the league.
In the game prior to this, Kashima Antlers drew 1-1 in the J1 League match with Kawasaki Frontale.
The only scorer from Kashima Antlers was Everaldo Stum (75'). Yasuto Wakizaka (18') scored for Kawasaki Frontale.
The stats tell the story, and Kashima Antlers have been scored against in 5 of their last 6 matches, seeing opposing sides hit 7 goals in all. Defensively, Antlers certainly have room for improvement.
Looking at their past form shows that Kashima Antlers:
- are undefeated by Vegalta Sendai when having played them away from home in the previous 3 league matches.
- are undefeated in their last 2 away league matches.
Head to head
Looking at their prior head-to-head meetings dating back to 05/08/2017 tells us that Vegalta Sendai have won 1 of them and Kashima Antlers 5, with the tally of drawn games being 0.
In all, 16 goals were produced between them in this period, with 3 from Vegalta and 13 for Antlers. That’s an average goals per game of 2.67.
The previous league contest between these clubs was J1 League match day 15 on 09/09/2020 which ended up with the score at Kashima Antlers 2-1 Vegalta Sendai.
The match was refereed by Minoru Tojo.
Team News: Vegalta Sendai
Kyohei Yoshino (Acromioclavicular Separation), Ryo Germain (Fractured Foot) and Shingo Tomita (Cruciate Ligament Injury) are not available for Vegalta gaffer Takashi Kiyama.
Team News: Kashima Antlers
Antlers manager Antônio Zago has to choose a team with limited availability. Itsuki Someno (Ankle Surgery), Ryuji Izumi (Medial Collateral Ligament Injury), Katsuya Nagato (Corona virus) and Ryohei Shirasaki (Biceps femoris muscle injury) are not able to play. Kento Misao cannot play in this game through suspension.
In this match, Vegalta Sendai will surely be able to breach the defence of this Kashima Antlers outfit, although one goal probably won’t quite be enough to avoid a loss.
Our selection here is for a very close game with a 1-2 victory for Kashima Antlers when all is said and done. Let’s see what happens here.
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⚽️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Yurtec Stadium Sendai (19,694)
Captain: Simão Mate
Chairman: Shuitsu Kikuchi
Manager: Takashi Kiyama
Competitions: J1 League position 18
⭐ Key Man: Guedes
Regularly taking up the Striker position, Guedes was born in Vila Nova de Gaia, Portugal. Having made his senior debut playing for Desportivo Aves in the 2017 - 2018 season, the dangerous Forward has scored a sum of 5 league goals in the J1 League 2020 season so far coming from a total of 23 appearances.