Zweigen Kanazawa head to NDsoft Stadium Yamagata on Wednesday for the J2 League showdown with home side Montedio Yamagata.
Full predictions, pre-match stats and user poll for Montedio Yamagata v Zweigen Kanazawa are shown on this page - along with the latest match odds.
Montedio Yamagata prepare for this game following a 1-1 J2 League stalemate versus Avispa Fukuoka.
The only name on the scoresheet from Montedio Yamagata was Vinícius (12'). Koki Kido (68') was the scorer for Avispa Fukuoka.
It has been a rare occasion in recent games that Montedio Yamagata have managed to hold out for a full 90 minutes. The reality is that Yamagata have failed to prevent opponents from scoring in 6 of their previous 6 matches, leaking 9 goals on the way.
Ahead of this clash, Montedio Yamagata have not registered a win against Zweigen Kanazawa in their last 4 matches in the league.
Following on from suffering a loss in their previous game against Albirex Niigata in J2 League action, Zweigen Kanazawa and their travelling fans will hope for a better result here.
Tae-Se Jong (55') and Yuto Horigome (70') scored for Albirex Niigata.
Looking at their form, and Zweigen Kanazawa have been scored against in 5 of their last 6 games, with opponents netting 13 goals overall. In defence, Zweigen have been far from perfect. That kind of pattern might not be continued into this game, of course.
Coming into this clash, Zweigen Kanazawa have not won away from home in their last 4 league games.
Head to head
Checking out their prior head to head duels going back to 11/08/2017, neither club has come out on top overall with Montedio Yamagata winning 2 of those games, Zweigen Kanazawa 2 and 2 being drawn in normal time.
10 goals were scored between the two sides in this period, with 5 of them from Yamagata and 5 being from Zweigen. The average number of goals per game works out to 1.67.
The last league encounter between the two was J2 League match day 13 on 19/08/2020 when the final score was Zweigen Kanazawa 1-1 Montedio Yamagata.
Team News: Montedio Yamagata
Seong-jun Min (Metatarsal Fracture), Masatoshi Kushibiki (Cruciate Ligament Rupture) and Naoki Kuriyama (Achilles tendon rupture) will not be able to play for Yamagata manager Kiyotaka Ishimaru.
Team News: Zweigen Kanazawa
From a largely healthy group, there’s only a single fitness issue for the Zweigen Kanazawa boss Masaaki Yanagishita to be concerned with. Ryuhei Oishi (Cruciate Ligament Surgery) misses out for this game.
Looking at these two teams, we feel that Montedio Yamagata will more than likely get amongst the goals when they face Zweigen Kanazawa, who may well struggle scoring.
We’re tipping a fairly comfortable 2-0 win for Montedio Yamagata after 90 minutes.
🏟️ Team Focus:
Stadium: NDsoft Stadium Yamagata (20,784)
Captain: Takumi Yamada
Chairman: Kentaro Aida
Manager: Kiyotaka Ishimaru
Competitions: J2 League position 7
🔑 Key Player: Vinícius
Generally taking to the field in the Striker position, Vinícius was born in Minas Gerais, Brazil. Having made his senior debut playing for Cruzeiro in the 2013 season, the accomplished Forward has contributed 10 league goals in the J2 League 2020 campaign so far coming from a total of 29 appearances.