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The J1 League tie at Ekimae Real Estate Stadium on Saturday will see home team Sagan Tosu prepare for the visit of Tokushima Vortis.
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Sagan Tosu, following on from their previous result, will be hoping for more of the same after a 1-2 J1 League success against FC Tokyo.
In that game, Sagan Tosu had 44% possession and 7 shots on goal with 4 of them on target. For Sagan Tosu, the scorers were Noriyoshi Sakai (18') and Yuta Higuchi (34'). At the other end, FC Tokyo got 10 attempts on goal with 4 of them on target. Masato Morishige (53') was the scorer for FC Tokyo.
It’s been seldom in recent times that Sagan Tosu have managed to hold out for a full 90 minutes. In fact, Sagan Tosu have seen their defence breached in 5 of their previous 6 clashes, leaking 5 goals along the way. Such a pattern won’t necessarily follow through into this match, of course.
Coming into this fixture, Sagan Tosu haven't lost in the league to Tokushima Vortis in their last 5 matches.
Since suffering a loss in their previous game against Kashiwa Reysol in J1 League action, Tokushima Vortis and their travelling fans will hope for a better result here.
In that game, Tokushima Vortis had 66% possession and 10 shots on goal with 3 on target. The scorer for Tokushima Vortis was Taisei Miyashiro (74'). At the other end, Kashiwa Reysol had 9 attempts at goal with 5 on target. Hiroto Goya (9', 64'), Ataru Esaka (27'), Keiya Shiihashi (30') and Hayato Nakama (48') scored for Kashiwa Reysol.
In the course of their 6 latest matches, Dani Poyatos's Tokushima Vortis have fired home a total of 7 times thus earning them the goals scored per game average of 1.17.
Going into this encounter, Tokushima Vortis haven't won against Sagan Tosu in games played away from home for the previous 3 matches in the league.
Head to head
Inspecting their prior head-to-head clashes dating back to 19/07/2010 tells us that Sagan Tosu have won 4 of them and Tokushima Vortis 1, with the tally of drawn matches being 1.
In all, 15 goals were scored between the two sides throughout the course of those matches, with 12 from Sagan Tosu and 3 belonging to Tokushima. That’s an average goals per game figure of 2.5.
The last league contest featuring these sides was J1 League match day 32 on 22/11/2014 and the score finished Tokushima Vortis 0-1 Sagan Tosu.
The referee was Itaru Hirose.
Team News: Sagan Tosu
Sagan Tosu manager Myung-Hwi Kim will be grateful not to have any fitness worries to speak of before this clash thanks to a fully injury-free squad available for selection.
Team News: Tokushima Vortis
Due to a completely injury-free group available to choose from, Tokushima Vortis boss Dani Poyatos doesn’t have any fitness concerns to speak of before this match.
In our view, Tokushima Vortis should have enough to score against this Sagan Tosu outfit, however it possibly won’t quite be enough to avoid a loss.
We are anticipating a tight encounter finishing with a 2-1 winning score for Sagan Tosu after 90 minutes. It should be a decent one.
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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 3
⭐ Key Player: Noriyoshi Sakai
Customarily deployed in the Right Attacking Midfielder position, Noriyoshi Sakai was born in Niigata, Japan. After making a first senior appearance for Albirex Niigata in the 2011 season, the gifted Midfielder has accumulated 3 league goals in this J1 League 2021 campaign so far in a total of 8 appearances.