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The J1 League fixture at Ekimae Real Estate Stadium on Saturday sees home team Sagan Tosu playing against opponents Shimizu S-Pulse.
Full predictions, stats & game poll for the Sagan Tosu v Shimizu S-Pulse match are shown here - plus the latest match odds.
Sagan Tosu, who won their previous game, will hope for a similar result following the 0-1 J1 League success against Vegalta Sendai.
In that game, Sagan Tosu managed 71% possession and 13 attempts on goal with 5 of them on target. The only player to score for Sagan Tosu was Eduardo (66'). At the other end, Vegalta Sendai got 8 shots on goal with 2 of them on target.
In their last 6 fixtures, Myung-Hwi Kim's Sagan Tosu have managed to score a total of 9 times which gives them an average number of goals per match equal to 1.5.
Going into this game, the form guide shows that Sagan Tosu:
- have not been beaten in the league by Shimizu S-Pulse in their previous 3 games.
- are winless against Shimizu S-Pulse in their last 4 matches in the league.
In their previous game, Shimizu S-Pulse drew 1-1 in the J1 League match with Nagoya Grampus.
In that match, Shimizu S-Pulse managed 44% possession and 7 shots at goal with 3 of them on target. The only player to score for Shimizu S-Pulse was Thiago Santana (74'). For their opponents, Nagoya Grampus got 15 attempts at goal with 5 on target. Naoki Maeda (57') was the scorer for Nagoya Grampus.
Looking at their form, and Shimizu S-Pulse have been scored against in 6 of their last 6 games, conceding 11 goals in total. In defence, Shimizu S-Pulse have been far from perfect. We will have to see if that trend will be sustained here.
Looking at their past form shows that Shimizu S-Pulse:
- are winless against Sagan Tosu in away games against them for the last 6 matches in the league. Not good.
- are undefeated in their last 5 away league matches.
- are without an away win for the past 4 matches in the league.
Head to head
Looking over their past head to head meetings going back to 01/08/2018 shows that Sagan Tosu have won 1 of them & Shimizu S-Pulse 2, with the number of drawn games being 3.
A combined sum of 12 goals were shared by the two clubs throughout the course of those matches, with 6 for Sagan Tosu and 6 for Shimizu. That’s an average goals per game of 2.
The previous league fixture between the two was J1 League match day 4 on 14/03/2021 which finished with the scoreline of Shimizu S-Pulse 0-0 Sagan Tosu.
The referee was Ryo Tanimoto.
Team News: Sagan Tosu
Ye-hoon Ueom (Fatigue fracture), Fuchi Honda (Hamstring Injury) and Yosuke Yuzawa (Cruciate Ligament Rupture) won’t be playing for Sagan Tosu boss Myung-Hwi Kim.
Team News: Shimizu S-Pulse
Shimizu S-Pulse boss Miguel Lotina has multiple availability issues to deal with. Renato Augusto (Cartilage Damage), Elsinho (Adductor problems) and Takumi Kato (Cruciate Ligament Rupture) are not able to play.
We’re of the opinion that Shimizu S-Pulse will surely be able to breach the defence of this Sagan Tosu side, although it might not quite be as many as they will have scored against them.
We reckon that it will be a very close game with a 2-1 advantage for Sagan Tosu at the end of the match. Looking forward to this.
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⚽️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Ekimae Real Estate Stadium (24,130)
Captain: Carlos Eduardo
Chairman: Junjiro Fukuoka
Manager: Myung-Hwi Kim
Competitions: J1 League position 5
⭐ Star Man: Keita Yamashita
Normally deployed in the Striker position, Keita Yamashita was born in Tagawa, Japan. After making a first senior appearance for Sagan Tosu in the 2021 season, the dangerous Forward has managed to score 9 league goals in this J1 League 2021 season to date coming from a total of 25 appearances.