The J1 League game at Sankyo Frontier Kashiwa Stadium on Saturday will see home side Kashiwa Reysol lock horns with Sanfrecce Hiroshima.
All of our predictions, stats and the user poll for Kashiwa Reysol v Sanfrecce Hiroshima are shown below (plus the best game odds).
Kashiwa Reysol will be looking for an improved result here following the 2-1 J1 League losing effort in their last game against Sagan Tosu.
The only scorer from Kashiwa Reysol was Michael Olunga (24'). Daichi Hayashi (45') and Riki Harakawa (48') scored for Sagan Tosu.
At least three goals per game were recorded in 5 of the last 6 fixtures where Kashiwa Reysol have been involved. Opposing sides scored 8 of them in this period whereas Reysol managed to get a total of 11.
Following on from a loss in their previous game against Kawasaki Frontale in J1 League action, Sanfrecce Hiroshima and their travelling supporters will be hoping that they can get a better result in this one.
The only scorer from Sanfrecce Hiroshima was Yuya Asano (90'). Ao Tanaka (14', 51'), Leandro Damião (47'), Kazuya Yamamura (50') and Yū Kobayashi (88') scored for Kawasaki Frontale.
In their last 6 clashes, Sanfrecce Hiroshima have amassed the sum of 12 goals. Sanfrecce have also not failed to score in every single one of those games. During that period, they have had 13 goals scored by their opponents. That pattern might not be carried forward into this next game, however.
Head to head
An examination of their prior head to head meetings stretching back to 13/05/2016 shows us that Kashiwa Reysol have won 3 of these & Sanfrecce Hiroshima 1, with the number of drawn games standing at 2.
A combined sum of 13 goals were shared by the two clubs in these games, with 9 of them for Reysol and 4 coming from Sanfrecce. That is an average goals per game value of 2.17.
The last league game between these sides was J1 League match day 29 on 06/10/2018 which finished with the scoreline of Sanfrecce Hiroshima 0-3 Kashiwa Reysol.
The referee was Ryuji Sato.
Team News: Kashiwa Reysol
There aren’t many personnel worries, with just a single fitness concern for the Kashiwa Reysol manager Nélsinho Baptista to contend with thanks to an otherwise robust group. Yuji Takahashi (Cruciate Ligament Rupture) is out of contention.
Team News: Sanfrecce Hiroshima
Due to a completely healthy group to pick from, Sanfrecce Hiroshima manager Hiroshi Jofuku does not have any fitness concerns at all before this match.
Our thinking is that Sanfrecce Hiroshima and Kashiwa Reysol should both be able to find the back of the net at least once here although it’s difficult at this stage to select a clear winner.
Let’s see what happens, but it could well be that we get quite a few goals with scores finishing level. We’re therefore anticipating a very competitive game with a 2-2 at the end of this game.
🏟️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Sankyo Frontier Kashiwa Stadium (15,109)
Captain: Hidekazu Otani
Chairman: Ryuichiro Takikawa
Manager: Nélsinho Baptista
Competitions: J1 League position 7
🔑 Star Man: Michael Olunga
Generally playing in the Striker position, Michael Olunga was born in Nairobi, Kenya. After having played his first senior match for Djurgårdens IF in the 2016 season, the accomplished Forward has managed 16 league goals in this J1 League 2020 campaign so far coming from a total of 15 appearances.