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The J1 League tie at NOEVIR Stadium Kobe on Wednesday sees home team Vissel Kobe play opponents Oita Trinita.
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Vissel Kobe, buoyed by their previous result, will be hoping for more of the same after the 0-2 J1 League triumph versus Vegalta Sendai.
In that match, Vissel Kobe managed 52% possession and 13 shots on goal with 3 of them on target. For Vissel Kobe, the goalscorers were Kyogo Furuhashi (15') and Ryuma Kikuchi (21'). Vegalta Sendai got 8 attempts at goal with 0 of them on target.
It’s been all too rare in recent times that Vissel Kobe have managed to hold out for a full 90 minutes. It will be a concern for them that Ushi have seen their defence breached in 5 of their previous 6 matches, leaking 8 goals along the way. Previous results aside, we’ll just have to find out if such a trend might be replicated in this upcoming match.
Their past results show that Vissel Kobe:
- are unbeaten in the league by Oita Trinita in their last 7 matches.
- have not beaten Oita Trinita in their previous 4 league matches.
- have not won at home in their last 2 league games.
After a loss in their previous game against Kawasaki Frontale in J1 League action, Oita Trinita will be hoping to turn things around here.
In that game, Oita Trinita managed 50% possession and 5 shots at goal with 0 of them on target. At the other end, Kawasaki Frontale had 16 shots on goal with 6 on target.
The numbers tell their own story, and Oita Trinita have been scored against in 6 of their last 6 games, conceding 9 goals overall. Defensively, Oita have some weaknesses to address.
Taking a look at their past results, Oita Trinita:
- are winless against Vissel Kobe when they have played them away from home in the previous 4 league matches. Not good.
- haven't been beaten by Vissel Kobe when having played them away from home in the previous 2 league matches.
- haven’t won away from home in the past 2 league games.
Head to head
Inspecting their most recent head to head clashes dating back to 19/04/2009 shows that Vissel Kobe have won 2 of these & Oita Trinita 0, with the number of drawn matches standing at 4.
A combined sum of 17 goals were produced between them in this period, with 10 from Ushi and 7 for Oita. That is an average goals per game value of 2.83.
The last league match featuring these sides was J1 League match day 22 on 14/10/2020 when it finished Vissel Kobe 1-1 Oita Trinita.
The referee was Hayato Shimizu.
Team News: Vissel Kobe
Regarding absentees, there’s just one fitness concern for the Vissel Kobe gaffer Atsuhiro Miura to contend with from an otherwise fully-primed squad. Andrés Iniesta (Hamstring Injury) won’t play.
Team News: Oita Trinita
Oita boss Tomohiro Katanosaka has to choose from a squad that has some fitness concerns. Naoki Nomura (Medial Collateral Ligament Injury) and Shun Yoshida (Fractured Hand) can’t be considered.
We’re inclined to think that Vissel Kobe should convert a lot of goal-scoring opportunities.
In contrast, Oita Trinita are also probably going to find it difficult getting goals - but, we do see them managing to get on the scoresheet, too.
Our tip is for a decent 3-1 victory for Vissel Kobe at full-time.
Our expert partners are tipping over 1.5 goals for this match. Check out their VIP predictions here.
⚽️ Team Focus:
Stadium: NOEVIR Stadium Kobe (28,962)
Captain: Andrés Iniesta
Chairman: Taiki Tokuyama
Manager: Atsuhiro Miura
Competitions: J1 League position 7
🔑 Key Player: Douglas
Typically taking up the Striker position, Douglas was born in Morros, Brazil. Having made his senior debut playing for Tokushima Vortis in the 2010 season, the skilful Forward has hit 2 league goals in the J1 League 2021 season so far in a total of 5 appearances.