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Vissel Kobe will host visiting side Nagoya Grampus at NOEVIR Stadium Kobe in this J1 League match on Saturday.
Our Vissel Kobe v Nagoya Grampus predictions, statistics and match poll can be seen below (including the best match odds).
Vissel Kobe will be looking for a repeat result of the 1-2 J1 League victory versus Urawa Red Diamonds.
In that game, Vissel Kobe had 53% possession and 11 shots on goal with 2 of them on target. For Vissel Kobe, goals were scored by Thuler (72') and Yuya Osako (96'). At the other end, Urawa Red Diamonds had 8 shots at goal with 5 of them on target. José Kanté (91') scored for Urawa Red Diamonds.
In their past six fixtures, Takayuki Yoshida's Vissel Kobe have found the net a combined total of 9 times resulting in an average number of goals per match of 1.5.
Analysis of their past results shows that Vissel Kobe:
- haven't been beaten in the league by Nagoya Grampus in their previous 2 matches.
- have not beaten Nagoya Grampus in their previous 5 league games.
- have not been beaten in their last 11 league matches at home. A run that they'll hope to extend here.
Following on from tasting defeat last time out to Shonan Bellmare in J1 League competition, Nagoya Grampus will be hoping to turn things around here.
In that match, Nagoya Grampus had 67% possession and 24 attempts on goal with 8 of them on target. The only player to score for Nagoya Grampus was Tojiro Kubo (63'). Shonan Bellmare had 13 attempts on goal with 7 on target. Yuki Ohashi (15', 23') scored for Shonan Bellmare.
The stats tell the story, and Nagoya Grampus have been scored against in 5 of their last 6 games, conceding 8 goals overall. In defence, Nagoya Grampus have been far from perfect.
Going into this contest, Nagoya Grampus are undefeated by Vissel Kobe when they've played them away from home in the last 2 matches in the league.
Head to head
An examination of their most recent head-to-head clashes dating back to 24/10/2021 shows us that Vissel Kobe have won 1 of them & Nagoya Grampus 2, with the tally of drawn games standing at 3.
A sum of 13 goals were produced between them in this period, with 5 of them from Ushi and 8 netted by N. Grampus. That is an average goals per game value of 2.17.
The previous league fixture between these clubs was J. League Cup match day 5 on 24/05/2023 when the final score was Nagoya Grampus 0-1 Vissel Kobe.
Team News: Vissel Kobe
Regarding absentees, there’s just the sole fitness concern for the Vissel Kobe gaffer Takayuki Yoshida to be concerned about from a near full-strength set of players. Mitsuki Saito (Torn lateral knee ligament) will miss out.
Team News: Nagoya Grampus
Nagoya Grampus boss Kenta Hasegawa has to choose from a squad that has some fitness concerns. Akinari Kawazura (Knee medial ligament tear), Yohei Takeda (Broken finger) and Noriyoshi Sakai (Broken ankle) are those who can’t be considered.
Looking at these two teams, we feel that Nagoya Grampus may well find it hard to score against this Vissel Kobe team who we reckon will gain the upper hand.
That’s why our selection here is for a good battle with a 1-0 winning margin for Vissel Kobe at the end of this one.
Our expert partners are tipping under 3.5 goals for this match. Check out their VIP predictions here.
⚽️ Team Focus:
Stadium: NOEVIR Stadium Kobe (28,996)
Captain: Hotaru Yamaguchi
Chairman: Yuki Chifu
Manager: Takayuki Yoshida
Competitions: J1 League position 1
🔑 Key Player: Daiju Sasaki
Normally deployed in the Central Attacking Midfielder position, Daiju Sasaki was born in Japan. After having made a senior debut playing for Vissel Kobe in the 2018 season, the gifted Midfielder has contributed 7 league goals in the J1 League 2023 season to date in 31 appearances.