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Not long now until the huge J. League 2 Play-offs semi-final contest between Shimizu S-Pulse and Montedio Yamagata on Saturday. With the big reward for the team that gets through the clash being a place in the final of the competition, we are expecting to see a thrilling encounter.
View all of the Shimizu S-Pulse v Montedio Yamagata predictions, poll and stats below - plus the latest match odds.
Shimizu S-Pulse prepare for this fixture coming off the back of a 1-1 J2 League drawn result against Mito Hollyhock.
The only name on the scoresheet from Shimizu S-Pulse was Thiago Santana (81'). Mizuki Ando (62') scored for Mito Hollyhock.
Matches with Shimizu S-Pulse have proved to be exciting encounters of late with a lot of goalmouth action being a common characteristic. Over their past six clashes alone, the sum total of 21 goals have flown in for both sides combined (at an average of 3.5 goals per game) with 14 of them coming from Shimizu S-Pulse. We will just have to see whether or not that trend can be sustained in this game.
Montedio Yamagata will go into the meeting after a 2-1 J2 League win to defeat Ventforet Kofu in their previous match.
For Montedio Yamagata, the goalscorers were Ten Miyagi (82') and Dellatorre (92'). Cristiano (63') was the scorer for Ventforet Kofu.
A run of very capable performances by the Montedio Yamagata defenders has seen their ‘goals against’ tally amounting to 4 from their last 6 outings in total. In that period of time, their own forwards have managed to score 10.
Head to head
An examination of their prior head to head clashes dating back to 29/04/2015 shows that Shimizu S-Pulse have won 4 of these games & Montedio Yamagata 1, with the tally of drawn results standing at 1.
A total of 20 goals were shared by the two clubs throughout the course of those matches, with 13 from Shimizu and 7 for Yamagata. The average number of goals per game works out to 3.33.
The previous league encounter between the two was J2 League match day 34 on 09/09/2023 when the final score was Shimizu S-Pulse 3-0 Montedio Yamagata.
The match was refereed by Reo Tanaka.
Team News: Shimizu S-Pulse
Yosuke Morishige (Fracture of fibula shaft) and Takumi Kato (Cruciate ligament tear) are not available for Shimizu S-Pulse manager Tadahiro Akiba.
Team News: Montedio Yamagata
Due to a mostly available group, there’s only the one fitness worry for the Montedio Yamagata boss Susumu Watanabe to be concerned with. Eisuke Fujishima (Cruciate ligament injury) misses out for this game.
Montedio Yamagata will likely create enough chances to breach the defence of this Shimizu S-Pulse lineup, however that might not be enough to avoid defeat.
We’re tipping a very close game with a 2-1 victory for Shimizu S-Pulse at the end of the match. Could easily see this go either way.
Our expert partners are tipping under 3.5 goals for this match. Check out their VIP predictions here.
🏟️ Team Focus:
Stadium: IAI Stadium Nihondaira (19,594)
Captain: Yoshinori Suzuki
Chairman: Shinya Yamamuro
Manager: Tadahiro Akiba
Competitions: J2 League position 4, J. League 2 Play-offs (Semi-Finals)
🔑 Key Player: Carlinhos Júnior
Mostly used in the Striker position, Carlinhos Júnior was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. After having made a senior debut playing for Lugano in the 2016 - 2017 season, the talented Forward has accumulated 15 league goals in this J2 League 2023 campaign so far in a total of 36 appearances.