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Shonan Bellmare are the guests at Ekimae Real Estate Stadium on Saturday for the J1 League tie with home side Sagan Tosu.
For all of our match predictions, pre-game poll and statistics for Sagan Tosu v Shonan Bellmare, scroll down (inc. the best betting odds).
Sagan Tosu will be hoping for a better result after the 3-0 J1 League defeat in their last game at the hands of Tokushima Vortis.
In that game, Sagan Tosu managed 72% possession and 12 shots at goal with 2 of them on target. On the other side, Tokushima Vortis got 12 shots on goal with 6 of them on target. Yuki Kakita (15', 41') and Mushaga Bakenga (60') scored for Tokushima Vortis.
A common trait of more recent Sagan Tosu games is seeing a zero in the scoreline.
From their previous 6 matches before this one, in as many as 5 of them a bet on BTTS would have been a losing one.
Leading up to this clash, Sagan Tosu:
- haven't been beaten in the league by Shonan Bellmare in their previous 4 matches.
- are unbeaten in their previous 2 home league matches.
Since tasting defeat last time out to Yokohama F. Marinos in J1 League action, Shonan Bellmare and their travelling fans will hope for a better result here.
In that game, Shonan Bellmare managed 37% possession and 10 shots at goal with 3 on target. On the other side, Yokohama F. Marinos had 5 attempts at goal with 1 of them on target. Daizen Maeda (66') was the scorer for Yokohama F. Marinos.
The numbers tell their own story, and Shonan Bellmare have been scored against in 5 of their last 6 games, seeing their opponents hit 7 goals overall. Defensively, Shonan Bellmare have seen their frailties exposed. We shall soon see if that trend will be continued on in this game.
Their previous form shows that Shonan Bellmare:
- have not lost to Sagan Tosu when having played them away from home in the previous 5 matches in the league. Travelling fans have really enjoyed these clashes.
- are without a win away from home in their last 2 matches in the league.
Head to head
Checking out their prior head to head meetings stretching back to 06/10/2018, neither club has come out on top overall with Sagan Tosu winning 2 of those games, Shonan Bellmare 2 and 2 being draws after 90 minutes of play.
13 goals were scored between them throughout the course of those matches, with 6 for Sagan Tosu and 7 belonging to Shonan. That’s an average goals per game figure of 2.17.
The previous league match between these sides was J1 League match day 1 on 27/02/2021 and the score finished Shonan Bellmare 0-1 Sagan Tosu.
The referee was Hiroyoshi Takayama.
Team News: Sagan Tosu
Fuchi Honda (Hamstring Injury) and Yosuke Yuzawa (Cruciate Ligament Rupture) won’t be playing for Sagan Tosu gaffer Myung-Hwi Kim.
Team News: Shonan Bellmare
With a fully healthy group available to select from, the Shonan Bellmare manager Bin Ukishima has no fitness concerns at all coming into this game.
We’re inclined to think that Shonan Bellmare will likely create enough chances to breach the defence of this Sagan Tosu side, however that is unlikely to be as many as the goals that they could concede.
Our selection here is for both teams to score in a 2-1 advantage for Sagan Tosu when the full-time whistle blows. Let’s just see how this one goes.
Our expert partners are tipping over 1.5 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 7
⭐ Star Player: Keita Yamashita
Customarily used in the Striker position, Keita Yamashita was born in Tagawa, Japan. Having made a first senior appearance for Sagan Tosu in the 2021 season, the talented Forward has hit 9 league goals in the J1 League 2021 campaign to date from a total of 28 appearances.