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Sagan Tosu take on visiting club Sanfrecce Hiroshima at Ekimae Real Estate Stadium in the J1 League meeting on Saturday.
All Sagan Tosu v Sanfrecce Hiroshima game predictions, stats and user poll are shown below - plus the latest match odds.
Sagan Tosu are hoping to win again following the 2-0 J1 League success vs Tokushima Vortis.
In that game, Sagan Tosu managed 44% possession and 9 shots at goal with 3 of them on target. For Sagan Tosu, the scorers were Keita Yamashita (55') and Keiya Sento (75'). Tokushima Vortis got 4 attempts on goal with 1 on target.
Their most recent results shine a light on the fact that much solidity has been shown by the Sagan Tosu backline. Sagan Tosu have been stingy, with the number of goals that have gone past their goalkeeper during their last six outings standing at 4.
Coming into this clash, Sagan Tosu have not beaten Sanfrecce Hiroshima in their last 3 league games.
Following on from being defeated in their last game at the hands of Vissel Kobe in J1 League competition, Sanfrecce Hiroshima and their travelling supporters will be hoping that they can get a better result in this one.
In that game, Sanfrecce Hiroshima managed 54% possession and 6 attempts at goal with 3 of them on target. At the other end, Vissel Kobe got 13 attempts at goal with 4 on target. Kyogo Furuhashi (11', 25') and Yuya Nakasaka (31') scored for Vissel Kobe.
The numbers tell their own story, and Sanfrecce Hiroshima have been scored against in 5 of their last 6 games, seeing their opponents hit 8 goals in all. At the back, Sanfrecce can certainly do much better. Even so, it remains to be seen whether the trend shall continue on in this upcoming game.
Taking a look at their past results, Sanfrecce Hiroshima:
- have not been beaten by Sagan Tosu when they've played them away from home in the last 2 league matches.
- have not won away from home in their last 3 league games.
Head to head
A review of their most recent head to head meetings dating back to 21/04/2018 shows us that Sagan Tosu have won 2 of them & Sanfrecce Hiroshima 3, with the tally of draws standing at 1.
An aggregate of 8 goals were scored between the two sides in this period, with 2 for Sagan Tosu and 6 belonging to Sanfrecce. The average number of goals per game works out to 1.33.
The last league game featuring the two was J1 League match day 20 on 03/10/2020 when it ended Sanfrecce Hiroshima 3-0 Sagan Tosu.
The match was refereed by Yudai Yamamoto.
Team News: Sagan Tosu
Sagan Tosu boss Myung-Hwi Kim will be thankful to have no fitness worries to speak of coming into this match owing to a fully healthy squad to pick from.
Team News: Sanfrecce Hiroshima
Hiroshima boss Hiroshi Jofuku has multiple availability issues to deal with. Kohei Shimizu (Thigh Muscle Strain), Kosei Shibasaki (Thigh Muscle Strain) and Douglas Vieira (Thigh Muscle Strain) are names that won’t be on the team sheet.
Sanfrecce Hiroshima and Sagan Tosu may well both score, with little between these two teams.
A draw is a real possibility, as we are expecting there to be little between them. With that in mind, we reckon that it will be a hard-fought 1-1 score draw when all is said and done.
Our expert partners are tipping under 3.5 goals for this match. Check out their VIP predictions here.
🏟️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Ekimae Real Estate Stadium (24,130)
Captain: Carlos Eduardo
Chairman: Junjiro Fukuoka
Manager: Myung-Hwi Kim
Competitions: J1 League position 3
🔑 Key Man: Keita Yamashita
Customarily played in the Striker position, Keita Yamashita was born in Tagawa, Japan. After having played his first senior match for Sagan Tosu in the 2021 season, the dangerous Forward has scored 6 league goals in this J1 League 2021 season so far from a total of 13 appearances.