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The J2 League meeting at Kyoto Nishikyogoku Stadium on Sunday will see home team Kyoto Sanga play Montedio Yamagata.
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Kyoto Sanga will be hoping to bounce back here following a 2-1 J2 League loss in their previous game against FC Ryukyu.
The only name on the scoresheet from Kyoto Sanga was Keiya Sento (4'). Koya Kazama (47') and Takuma Abe (67') scored for FC Ryukyu.
It’s been a rare occasion in recent times that Kyoto Sanga have kept a clean sheet. The reality is that Kyoto have failed to prevent opponents from scoring in 5 of their previous 6 matches, giving up 9 goals during that time. We shall soon find out whether or not that trend will end up being continued on in this game.
Going into this contest, Kyoto Sanga have not lost a league tie with Montedio Yamagata in their previous 2 games.
Montedio Yamagata head into the meeting following a 4-0 J2 League win as they beat Tokyo Verdy in their most recent match.
For Montedio Yamagata, the goalscorers were Ryoma Watanabe (6'), Shun Nakamura (32'), Vinícius (45') and Shuhei Otsuki (80').
Over the course of their last 6 clashes, Montedio Yamagata have amassed a tally of 14 goals. Yamagata have also managed to score in every single one of those games. During that period, they have had 5 goals go against them.
Going into this contest, Montedio Yamagata haven't been defeated in their previous 3 away league matches.
Head to head
An examination of their past head-to-head meetings stretching back to 09/09/2017 shows us that Kyoto Sanga have won 3 of these games & Montedio Yamagata 2, with the number of drawn matches standing at 1.
A combined total of 15 goals were shared by the two clubs in this period, with 8 of them from Kyoto and 7 belonging to Yamagata. That’s an average goals per game figure of 2.5.
The previous league match between the two was J2 League match day 10 on 08/08/2020 when the final score was Montedio Yamagata 3-4 Kyoto Sanga.
Team News: Kyoto Sanga
It’s a low absenteeism rate, with just one fitness concern for the Kyoto Sanga gaffer Ichizo Nakata to be concerned with from of an almost fully healthy set of players. Juninho (Meniscus Damage) misses out. Takahiro Iida is ineligible for this match because of suspension.
Team News: Montedio Yamagata
Yamagata has a number of players out of action. Seong-jun Min (Metatarsal Fracture), Masatoshi Kushibiki (Cruciate Ligament Rupture) and Naoki Kuriyama (Achilles tendon rupture) are not ready for selection. Takumi Yamada is ineligible for this match because of suspension.
Looking at these two, we feel that Montedio Yamagata and Kyoto Sanga could both end up scoring in what appears to be a good match-up, with little separating these two teams.
It appears that a draw might be on the cards. We’re therefore expecting a tight encounter with a 1-1 score when the referee blows the full-time whistle.
⚽️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Kyoto Nishikyogoku Stadium (20,588)
Captain: Takumi Miyayoshi
Chairman: Masaaki Itou
Manager: Ichizo Nakata
Competitions: J2 League position 10
⭐ Key Man: Kazaki Nakagawa
Typically playing in the Central Attacking Midfielder position, Kazaki Nakagawa was born in Tokyo, Japan. Having made his senior debut playing for Yokohama F. Marinos in the 2019 season, the skilful Midfielder has managed 2 league goals in the J2 League 2020 season so far coming from a total of 14 appearances.