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The J1 League clash at Sanga Stadium by Kyocera on Saturday will see home team Kyoto Sanga welcome guests Shimizu S-Pulse.
Scroll down to see all of the predictions, poll and statistics for Kyoto Sanga v Shimizu S-Pulse - as well as the best betting odds.
Kyoto Sanga will be hoping to bounce back here following the 1-0 J1 League loss in their previous game against Consadole Sapporo.
In that match, Kyoto Sanga had 49% possession and 11 shots at goal with 2 of them on target. Consadole Sapporo got 16 attempts on goal with 4 of them on target. Tomoki Takamine (52') was the scorer for Consadole Sapporo.
It has been a rare occasion in recent games that Kyoto Sanga have kept a clean sheet. It will be a concern for them that Kyoto Sanga have been scored against in 5 of their previous 6 matches, letting in 10 goals along the way. That sort of pattern might not be carried forward here, however.
After a losing effort in their last game against Kawasaki Frontale in J1 League action, Shimizu S-Pulse will be aiming to make amends here.
In that match, Shimizu S-Pulse managed 38% possession and 8 attempts on goal with 1 of them on target. At the other end, Kawasaki Frontale got 10 attempts on goal with 3 of them on target. Yasuto Wakizaka (14') and Marcinho (32') scored for Kawasaki Frontale.
The stats tell the story, and Shimizu S-Pulse have been scored against in 5 of their last 6 games, seeing opposing sides hit 10 goals in total. In defence, Shimizu S-Pulse have been far from perfect.
Going into this one, Shimizu S-Pulse are undefeated in their last 3 away league matches.
Head to head
Looking at their most recent head to head clashes going back to 04/07/2009 tells us that Kyoto Sanga have won 1 of them and Shimizu S-Pulse 3, with the tally of draws standing at 2.
A lot of goals were also scored during this period, 23 in total which averages out at 3.83 goals per match.
The last league encounter featuring these sides was J2 League match day 39 on 03/11/2016 and the score finished Shimizu S-Pulse 4-1 Kyoto Sanga.
The match was refereed by Yuichi Nishimura.
Team News: Kyoto Sanga
It’s a low absenteeism rate, with just a single fitness concern for the Kyoto Sanga boss Kwi-Jae Cho to be concerned about thanks to an almost full-strength squad. Naoto Misawa (Achilles tendon rupture) won’t play.
It’s our opinion that Kyoto Sanga will probably kick off with a 10 system this time and select Naoto Kamifukumoto, Hisashi Tawiah, Sota Kawasaki, Shogo Asada, Daigo Araki, Kosuke Shirai, Shohei Takeda, Temma Matsuda, Kosuke Taketomi, Peter Utaka and Takumi Miyayoshi.
Team News: Shimizu S-Pulse
Out of a mainly healthy group of players, there is only the sole fitness problem for the Shimizu S-Pulse manager Hiroaki Hiraoka to be concerned with. Renato Augusto (Cartilage Damage) won’t be in action.
We believe Shimizu S-Pulse appear most likely to elect for a 4-4-2 lineup, starting Shuichi Gonda, Eiichi Katayama, Yugo Tatsuta, Yoshinori Suzuki, Reon Yamahara, Yuito Suzuki, Carlinhos, Thiago Santana, Ryohei Shirasaki, Kota Miyamoto and Ronaldo.
In our opinion, Shimizu S-Pulse and Kyoto Sanga could both well score here although it’s hard to see a clear-cut winner.
There should be little in it, and a draw looks to be quite a realistic result. We’re therefore predicting a 1-1 score draw after 90 minutes.
Our expert partners are tipping over 1.5 goals for this match. Check out their VIP predictions here.
⚽️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Sanga Stadium by Kyocera (21,623)
Captain: Temma Matsuda
Chairman: Masaaki Ito
Manager: Kwi-Jae Cho
Competitions: J1 League position 10, J. League Cup (Group C)
🔑 Star Player: Peter Utaka
Normally played in the Striker position, Peter Utaka was born in Enugu, Nigeria. After having made a senior debut playing for KVC Westerlo in the 2004 - 2005 season, the talented Forward has bagged 8 league goals in the J1 League 2022 campaign to date coming from a total of 12 appearances.