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The J1 League tie at Showa Oita Bank Dome on Saturday sees home side Oita Trinita playing Shonan Bellmare.
All of our predictions, stats and the user poll for Oita Trinita v Shonan Bellmare are shown below (plus the best game odds).
Oita Trinita won’t want a repeat of their last result here following a 4-1 J1 League defeat in their last game at the hands of Sanfrecce Hiroshima.
In that game, Oita Trinita had 45% possession and 8 shots on goal with 1 of them on target. For Oita Trinita, the scorers were Naoki Nomura (9') and Shun Takagi (49' Own goal). For their opponents, Sanfrecce Hiroshima had 13 shots on goal with 5 on target. Ezequiel (29') and Júnior Santos (76', 82') scored for Sanfrecce Hiroshima.
Fixtures with Oita Trinita have tended to be lively encounters lately with plenty of scoring anticipated. Over their past six games, the sum total of 22 goals have been recorded for both teams combined (at an average of 3.67 goals per game) with 5 of these belonging to Oita Trinita. Such a trend won’t necessarily be carried forward into this game, though.
Coming into this fixture, Oita Trinita have not won at home in their last 3 league games.
Previously, Shonan Bellmare drew 0-0 in the J1 League tie with Urawa Red Diamonds.
In that game, Shonan Bellmare managed 47% possession and 12 shots on goal with 1 of them on target. At the other end, Urawa Red Diamonds had 10 attempts on goal with 0 on target.
Looking at their form, and Shonan Bellmare have been scored against in 5 of their last 6 games, with opponents netting 6 goals in total. Defensively, Shonan Bellmare seem to have a bit of a soft underbelly.
Going into this one, Shonan Bellmare are winless against Oita Trinita when having played them away from home in the previous 3 matches in the league.
Head to head
Looking at their past head to head meetings going back to 08/07/2017 shows us that Oita Trinita have won 3 of these games & Shonan Bellmare 1, with the number of drawn matches being 2.
A combined sum of 13 goals were scored between the two sides in this period, with 7 of them for Oita and 6 being from Shonan. That is an average goals per game value of 2.17.
The last league encounter featuring these sides was J1 League match day 13 on 09/05/2021 which finished with the scoreline of Shonan Bellmare 2-0 Oita Trinita.
In that match, Shonan Bellmare had 37% possession and 10 attempts at goal with 4 of them on target. The goals were scored by Shintaro Nago (17') and Wellington (92').
For their opponents, Oita Trinita got 4 attempts on goal with 2 of them on target.
The match was refereed by Koei Koya.
Team News: Oita Trinita
The Oita Trinita boss Tomohiro Katanosaka does not have any fitness concerns to speak of before this match owing to a fully injury-free group available for selection.
Team News: Shonan Bellmare
Thanks to a fully injury-free group available to select from, the Shonan Bellmare manager Bin Ukishima has zero fitness concerns to speak of coming into this clash.
We’re of the opinion that Shonan Bellmare and Oita Trinita may well end up cancelling each other out here.
We’ll see, but this looks like it could end up all-square. With that in mind, we reckon that it will be a close game with a 1-1 draw when the referee blows the full-time whistle.
Our expert partners are tipping under 3.5 goals for this match. Check out their VIP predictions here.
🏟️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Showa Oita Bank Dome (31,997)
Captain: Shun Takagi
Chairman: Toru Enoki
Manager: Tomohiro Katanosaka
Competitions: J1 League position 20
🔑 Star Man: Shun Nagasawa
Regularly deployed in the Striker position, Shun Nagasawa was born in Shizuoka, Japan. Having made his senior debut playing for Shimizu S-Pulse in the 2007 season, the accomplished Forward has scored a sum of 4 league goals in this J1 League 2021 campaign so far coming from a total of 24 appearances.