Sagan Tosu will be taking on the visiting Vegalta Sendai at Ekimae Real Estate Stadium in this J1 League meeting on Wednesday.
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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 triumph vs Kashiwa Reysol.
For Sagan Tosu, the scorers were Daichi Hayashi (53') and Fuchi Honda (66'). Michael Olunga (87') was the scorer for Kashiwa Reysol.
Their more recent scorelines really do illustrate the point that much respect should be given to the Sagan Tosu backline. Sagan Tosu have kept it tight, seeing the total number of goals that have gone in at their end during their past 6 clashes standing at 4. That sort of pattern isn’t assured to be sustained into this game, however.
Leading up to this clash, Sagan Tosu:
- haven't been beaten in the league by Vegalta Sendai in their last 2 games.
- are unbeaten in their previous 2 league matches at home.
- are without a home win in the past 5 league games. Fans are getting restless.
After being beaten in their last game against Kashima Antlers in J1 League competition, Vegalta Sendai and their travelling supporters will be hoping that they can get a better result in this one.
The only name on the scoresheet from Vegalta Sendai was Shun Nagasawa (77'). Everaldo Stum (47'), Juan Alano (58') and Ayase Ueda (63') scored for Kashima Antlers.
In as many as 5 out of the previous 6 games featuring Vegalta Sendai, three or more goals have gone in. The average goals scored per game within that time is 3.33, with the number of goals averaged by Vegalta Sendai working out to 1.5.
Head to head
Looking at the statistics for their head to head duels dating back to 10/09/2017, neither club has come out on top overall with Sagan Tosu winning 3 of those games, Vegalta Sendai 3 and 0 being drawn in regulation time.
A total of 20 goals were yielded between them in this period, with 9 for Sagan Tosu and 11 coming from Vegalta. This gives an average number of goals per game equal to 3.33.
The previous league match featuring the two was J1 League match day 11 on 08/11/2020 when the final score was Vegalta Sendai 0-3 Sagan Tosu.
The referee was Hayato Shimizu.
Team News: Sagan Tosu
There aren’t many selection issues, with just a single fitness concern for the Sagan Tosu gaffer Myung-Hwi Kim to be concerned about due to a largely intact group of players. Hideto Takahashi (Elbow Injury) will miss out.
Team News: Vegalta Sendai
Vegalta boss Takashi Kiyama has to choose from a squad that has some fitness concerns. Shingo Tomita (Cruciate Ligament Injury), Kyohei Yoshino (Acromioclavicular Separation) and Ryo Germain (Fractured Foot) are not ready for selection.
Our assessment is that Vegalta Sendai have the capability to get a goal against this Sagan Tosu outfit, but it isn’t expected to be as many as they will have scored against them.
We can see a tight encounter finishing with a 2-1 win for Sagan Tosu at the end of the match. Let’s see what happens here.
⚽️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Ekimae Real Estate Stadium (24,130)
Captain: Yuzo Kobayashi
Chairman: Minoru Takehara
Manager: Myung-Hwi Kim
Competitions: J1 League position 15
⭐ Star Man: Daichi Hayashi
Mostly deployed in the Striker position, Daichi Hayashi was born in Japan. Having made a first senior appearance for Sagan Tosu in the 2019 season, the goalscoring Forward has got 7 league goals in this J1 League 2020 campaign so far coming from a total of 24 appearances.