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Nagoya Grampus arrive at Ekimae Real Estate Stadium on Saturday for the J1 League game with home side Sagan Tosu.
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Sagan Tosu prepare for this fixture following on from a 1-1 J1 League tied result versus Sanfrecce Hiroshima.
In that match, Sagan Tosu managed 59% possession and 7 shots at goal with 1 of them on target. The scorer for Sagan Tosu was Noriyoshi Sakai (91'). Sanfrecce Hiroshima had 16 shots at goal with 7 of them on target. Júnior Santos (62') scored for Sanfrecce Hiroshima.
Fewer than three goals per game were seen in 5 of the last 6 meetings where Sagan Tosu have been participants. With regard to the goal weighting during that period, their opponents scored a total of 6 and Sagan Tosu got themselves 5.
Looking at the pre-match facts, Sagan Tosu:
- have not lost a league tie with Nagoya Grampus in their previous 2 matches.
- are undefeated in their last 3 home league matches.
In the game prior to this, Nagoya Grampus drew 1-1 in the AFC Champions League match with Pohang Steelers.
A sequence of reliable displays from the Nagoya Grampus defensive players has seen their ‘goals against’ tally standing at 2 from their last 6 clashes overall. Over that same period of time, their forwards have scored 14. It will be interesting to see if that trend can be sustained in this game.
Looking at their past form shows that Nagoya Grampus:
- haven't been defeated by Sagan Tosu in games played away from home for the previous 2 league matches.
- are unbeaten in their last 3 league matches away from home.
- haven’t won away from home in the past 2 matches in the league.
Head to head
Inspecting their past head to head meetings going back to 19/08/2018 tells us that Sagan Tosu have won 1 of them & Nagoya Grampus 3, with the tally of drawn matches standing at 2.
In all, 11 goals were yielded between them during those clashes, with 2 of them from Sagan Tosu and 9 belonging to N. Grampus. That is an average goals per game value of 1.83.
The last league clash between these sides was J1 League match day 10 on 18/04/2021 which ended up with the score at Nagoya Grampus 1-2 Sagan Tosu.
On that occasion, Nagoya Grampus managed 66% possession and 8 shots at goal with 2 of them on target. The scorer was Sho Inagaki (85').
Sagan Tosu had 9 shots on goal with 2 of them on target. Daichi Hayashi (6') and Noriyoshi Sakai (45') scored.
The match was refereed by Futoshi Nakamura.
Team News: Sagan Tosu
Ye-hoon Ueom (Fatigue fracture) and Yosuke Yuzawa (Cruciate Ligament Rupture) aren’t available for Sagan Tosu gaffer Myung-Hwi Kim.
Team News: Nagoya Grampus
N. Grampus manager Massimo Ficcadenti has to contend with a number of unavailable players. Mu Kanazaki (Cruciate Ligament Injury) and Yuichi Maruyama (Cruciate Ligament Injury) are names that won’t be on the team sheet.
We’re envisaging that Sagan Tosu will really need to work well to find the net against this Nagoya Grampus lineup who will likely win and very possibly keep a clean sheet.
We’re therefore seeing a very competitive encounter with a 0-1 winning score for Nagoya Grampus when the full-time whistle blows.
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🏟️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Ekimae Real Estate Stadium (24,130)
Captain: Carlos Eduardo
Chairman: Junjiro Fukuoka
Manager: Myung-Hwi Kim
Competitions: J1 League position 6
⭐ Star Player: Noriyoshi Sakai
Mostly used in the Right Attacking Midfielder position, Noriyoshi Sakai was born in Niigata, Japan. After having made a senior debut playing for Albirex Niigata in the 2011 season, the accomplished Midfielder has bagged 4 league goals in the J1 League 2021 campaign so far coming from a total of 11 appearances.