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Sagan Tosu make the trip to IAI Stadium Nihondaira on Sunday for the J1 League fixture with home side Shimizu S-Pulse.
Our Shimizu S-Pulse v Sagan Tosu predictions, statistics and match poll can be seen below including the latest game odds.
Shimizu S-Pulse will be looking to improve on their last outing here after a 1-2 J1 League loss in their previous game against Urawa Red Diamonds.
In that match, Shimizu S-Pulse managed 55% possession and 13 shots on goal with 7 on target. For Shimizu S-Pulse, the goals were scored by Teruki Hara (73' Own goal) and Reon Yamahara (79'). On the other side, Urawa Red Diamonds had 11 shots at goal with 8 on target. Yusuke Matsuo (42') scored for Urawa Red Diamonds.
Shimizu S-Pulse haven’t had any problems with scoring, hitting the target in one hundred percent of their last 6 matches.
They’ve hit an aggregate of 11 during that time and have conceded a total of 11. That sort of pattern won’t necessarily follow through here, of course.
A look at their previous results shows us that Shimizu S-Pulse:
- haven't beaten Sagan Tosu in their previous 5 league matches.
- are without a win at home for the past 2 matches in the league.
In the game prior to this, Sagan Tosu drew 2-2 in the J1 League tie with Yokohama F. Marinos.
In that game, Sagan Tosu managed 36% possession and 13 shots at goal with 2 on target. For Sagan Tosu, the goalscorers were Taisei Miyashiro (24') and Seok-Ho Hwang (59'). At the other end, Yokohama F. Marinos had 13 attempts on goal with 5 of them on target. Léo Ceará (19') and Kota Mizunuma (85') scored for Yokohama F. Marinos.
The numbers tell their own story, and Sagan Tosu have been scored against in 5 of their last 6 games, with opponents netting 9 goals overall. In defence, Sagan Tosu have not been doing too well.
Analysis of their past results shows that Sagan Tosu:
- have not beaten Shimizu S-Pulse when they have played them away from home in the previous 6 league matches. They really have not been travelling well at all.
- remain unbeaten by Shimizu S-Pulse 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
Looking at the statistics for their head to head meetings going back to 07/12/2019, there has been little between the sides with Shimizu S-Pulse winning 1 of those games, Sagan Tosu 1 and 4 being draws in normal time.
8 goals were scored between them during those clashes, with 4 of them from Shimizu and 4 belonging to Sagan Tosu. The average number of goals per game works out to 1.33.
The previous league game between the two was J1 League match day 9 on 17/04/2022 when the final score was Sagan Tosu 0-0 Shimizu S-Pulse.
That day, Sagan Tosu had 57% possession and 12 shots on goal with 2 on target.
Shimizu S-Pulse got 6 shots on goal with 2 on target.
The match was refereed by Hayato Shimizu.
Team News: Shimizu S-Pulse
Renato Augusto (Cartilage Damage), Kenta Nishizawa (Fractured Kneecap) and Togo Umeda (Cruciate Ligament Rupture) are unavailable for Shimizu S-Pulse manager Hiroaki Hiraoka.
It seems likely that Shimizu S-Pulse look set to use the 4-4-2 system for this game, utilising Takuo Okubo, Eiichi Katayama, Valdo, Akira Ibayashi, Reon Yamahara, Yago Pikachu, Ryohei Shirasaki, Daiki Matsuoka, Yusuke Goto, Yuta Kamiya and Thiago Santana.
Team News: Sagan Tosu
Owing to a completely injury-free squad to pick from, the Sagan Tosu manager Kenta Kawai has no fitness worries to report before this clash. Diego will not be able to play in this game through being suspended.
From our viewpoint, Sagan Tosu appear most likely to elect for a 4-1-2-3 lineup, going with Il-Kyu Park, Wataru Harada, Masaya Tashiro, Seok-Ho Hwang, Shinya Nakano, Kei Koizumi, Kentaro Moriya, Akito Fukuta, Yoichi Naganuma, Taisei Miyashiro and Yuto Iwasaki.
Here is a game where Shimizu S-Pulse will need to put in a solid display to get anything against this Sagan Tosu outfit who we reckon should score one, at least.
Therefore, we predict a hard-fought 0-1 advantage for Sagan Tosu when the full-time whistle blows.
Hopefully it’s a good one.
Our expert partners are tipping under 3.5 goals for this match. Check out their VIP predictions here.
🏟️ Team Focus:
Stadium: IAI Stadium Nihondaira (19,594)
Captain: Ryo Takeuchi
Chairman: Shinya Yamamuro
Manager: Hiroaki Hiraoka
Competitions: J1 League position 17
🔑 Key Man: Thiago Santana
Usually playing in the Striker position, Thiago Santana was born in Serrinha, Brazil. Having played his first senior match for Figueirense in the 2015 season, the accomplished Forward has scored a sum of 7 league goals in this J1 League 2022 season so far coming from a total of 15 appearances.