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Oita Trinita host visiting opponents Shimizu S-Pulse at Showa Oita Bank Dome in this J1 League clash on Sunday.
Our Oita Trinita v Shimizu S-Pulse predictions, statistics and match poll can be seen below - plus the latest betting odds.
Oita Trinita will be hoping for a better result after a 3-2 J1 League defeat in their last game at the hands of Urawa Red Diamonds.
In that game, Oita Trinita managed 36% possession and 15 shots on goal with 6 of them on target. The only player on the scoresheet for Oita Trinita was Yamato Machida (24', 41'). Urawa Red Diamonds got 10 shots at goal with 5 on target. Daigo Nishi (3'), Tomoaki Makino (75') and Tatsuya Tanaka (82') scored for Urawa Red Diamonds.
It’s been seldom in recent times that Oita Trinita haven’t conceded. In fact, Oita have failed to prevent opponents from scoring in 6 of their previous 6 games, leaking 13 goals on the way. That kind of trend isn’t assured to be continued into this next game, however.
Coming into this meeting, Oita Trinita are without a win at home for the past 8 matches in the league. They will be so desperate to end this run.
In their previous fixture, Shimizu S-Pulse drew 1-1 in the J1 League match with Shonan Bellmare.
In that match, Shimizu S-Pulse had 51% possession and 16 shots on goal with 6 of them on target. The scorer for Shimizu S-Pulse was Thiago Santana (60'). Shonan Bellmare had 9 shots at goal with 2 of them on target. Wellington (88') scored for Shonan Bellmare.
The attacking players from Shimizu S-Pulse have suffered from a shortage of goals over their previous 6 encounters, contributing the poor return of only 4. In those fixtures, Shimizu have also seen the overall goal aggregate of opposing teams equal 8.
Going into this game, the form guide shows that Shimizu S-Pulse:
- have not won against Oita Trinita in games played away from home for the previous 2 matches in the league.
- are undefeated in their last 3 league matches away from home.
- haven’t won away from home in the past 2 league matches.
Head to head
Checking on their past head-to-head clashes dating back to 13/07/2013 shows that Oita Trinita have won 1 of these and Shimizu S-Pulse 3, with the number of drawn matches standing at 2.
There were also goals galore in those games, with 22 overall which averages out at 3.67 goals per meeting.
The last league game between these sides was J1 League match day 20 on 03/10/2020 when the final score was Oita Trinita 2-1 Shimizu S-Pulse.
The match was refereed by Hiroki Kasahara.
Team News: Oita Trinita
Nearly everyone is up for selection, with just the sole fitness concern for the Oita Trinita boss Tomohiro Katanosaka to contend with from an otherwise complete set of players. Shun Yoshida (Fractured Hand) misses out.
Team News: Shimizu S-Pulse
Shimizu manager Miguel Lotina has to choose from a squad that has some fitness concerns. Renato Augusto (Cartilage Damage) and Carlinhos Junior (Medial Collateral Ligament Injury) are not ready for selection.
Our assessment is that Shimizu S-Pulse and Oita Trinita could well end up finding themselves level here, with both teams capable of netting.
A close call, and we think a draw is quite likely. We therefore see a very even match with a 1-1 draw at the end of this game.
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⚽️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Showa Oita Bank Dome (31,997)
Captain: Shun Takagi
Chairman: Toru Enoki
Manager: Tomohiro Katanosaka
Competitions: J1 League position 18
⭐ Key Man: Yamato Machida
Mostly deployed in the Central Attacking Midfielder position, Yamato Machida was born in Japan. After having made a senior debut playing for JEF United Chiba in the 2012 season, the skilful Midfielder has bagged 3 league goals in this J1 League 2021 season so far from a total of 8 appearances.