Wednesday’s J. League Cup action sees Kashiwa Reysol vs Kyoto Sanga.
For all of our match predictions, pre-game poll and statistics for Kashiwa Reysol v Kyoto Sanga, scroll down (including the best match odds).
Kashiwa Reysol will be looking to improve on their last outing here after the 0-1 J1 League losing effort in their last game against Gamba Osaka.
In that match, Kashiwa Reysol had 51% possession and 20 attempts at goal with 4 on target. On the other side, Gamba Osaka had 7 shots on goal with 3 on target. Dawhan (71') was the scorer for Gamba Osaka.
It has been a rare occasion in recent times that Kashiwa Reysol haven’t conceded. The facts show that Kashiwa Reysol have seen their defence breached in 5 of their previous 6 matches, letting in 9 goals on the way. Putting that to one side, time will tell whether such a trend shall continue on in this next match or not.
Last time out, Kyoto Sanga drew 0-0 in the J1 League match with Shimizu S-Pulse.
In that game, Kyoto Sanga managed 56% possession and 12 shots at goal with 4 of them on target. On the other side, Shimizu S-Pulse got 16 attempts at goal with 7 on target.
It is worth noting that Kyoto Sanga have had real problems scoring goals over their previous 6 clashes, netting the poor return of just 2. In those matches, Kyoto have also seen the overall goal aggregate against them equal 10.
Head to head
A glance at their most recent head-to-head clashes stretching back to 12/07/2009 shows us that Kashiwa Reysol have won 3 of these games & Kyoto Sanga 1, with the tally of drawn games being 2.
There were also plenty of goals scored in those games, 22 in all which averages out at 3.67 goals per match.
The last league contest featuring these clubs was J1 League match day 9 on 17/04/2022 and the score finished Kashiwa Reysol 0-2 Kyoto Sanga.
In that match, Kashiwa Reysol had 64% possession and 12 attempts at goal with 2 of them on target.
On the other side, Kyoto Sanga got 12 shots on goal with 4 on target. Takuya Ogiwara (13') and Peter Utaka (48') scored.
The match was refereed by Futoshi Nakamura.
Team News: Kashiwa Reysol
The Kashiwa Reysol manager Nélsinho Baptista has zero fitness worries at all coming into this game owing to a fully injury-free group to choose from.
Team News: Kyoto Sanga
Thanks to a largely healthy squad, there is only a single fitness worry for the Kyoto Sanga boss Kwi-Jae Cho to be concerned about. Naoto Misawa (Achilles tendon rupture) won’t be playing here.
We feel that over the course of the game, Kyoto Sanga will have to work hard as a team to get anything against this Kashiwa Reysol lineup who should do enough to score at the other end and edge ahead.
We’re therefore expecting a hard-fought 1-0 advantage for Kashiwa Reysol at the end of the 90 minutes.
Little in this one.
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🏟️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Sankyo Frontier Kashiwa Stadium (15,109)
Captain: Hidekazu Otani
Chairman: Ryuichiro Takikawa
Manager: Nélsinho Baptista
Competitions: J1 League position 4, J. League Cup (Group C)
⭐ Key Player: Tomoya Koyamatsu
Mostly playing in the Central Attacking Midfielder position, Tomoya Koyamatsu was born in Kyoto, Japan. After having played his first senior match for Nagoya Grampus in the 2014 season, the dangerous Midfielder has got 2 league goals in the J1 League 2022 season so far in 11 appearances.