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The J1 League tie at Ekimae Real Estate Stadium on Sunday sees home side Sagan Tosu facing opposition in the form of Yokohama FC.
Our Sagan Tosu v Yokohama FC predictions, statistics and match poll can be seen below - plus the latest betting odds.
Sagan Tosu will be hoping to bounce back here after the 1-0 J1 League defeat last time out to Kawasaki Frontale.
In that game, Sagan Tosu had 46% possession and 8 shots on goal with 1 of them on target. Kawasaki Frontale got 10 shots at goal with 6 of them on target. Daiya Tono (65') was the scorer for Kawasaki Frontale.
Their most recent results really do illustrate the point that quality has been evident in the Sagan Tosu backline. Sagan Tosu have been mean at the back, seeing the total number of goals that have gone past their goalkeeper over the course of their past 6 matches standing at 2. That kind of pattern won’t necessarily be carried forward here, though.
Taking a look at their past results, Sagan Tosu:
- haven't been beaten in the league by Yokohama FC in their last 5 games.
- haven't been defeated in their previous 6 league matches at home.
Following on from suffering a loss in their previous game against Sanfrecce Hiroshima in J1 League competition, Yokohama FC and their travelling fans will hope for a better result here.
In that game, Yokohama FC had 48% possession and 1 attempts at goal with 1 of them on target. Sanfrecce Hiroshima got 15 attempts on goal with 7 of them on target. Yuya Asano (20', 35') and Kosei Shibasaki (40') scored for Sanfrecce Hiroshima.
It is worth noting that Yokohama FC have failed to get amongst the goals in their past 6 encounters, netting the unsatisfactory return of only 3. In those fixtures, Yokohama have also seen the overall goal tally of their opponents equal 15.
Going into this game, the form guide shows that Yokohama FC:
- have left without a victory over Sagan Tosu when having played them away from home in the previous 7 league games. Not good at all.
- are without an away win for the past 11 matches in the league. Their travelling support will be needed here, for sure.
Head to head
A look at their prior head to head meetings dating back to 22/05/2010 tells us that Sagan Tosu have won 3 of them & Yokohama FC 1, with the number of draws being 2.
Those games weren’t short on goals, either, with 23 in all which averages out at 3.83 goals per meeting.
The previous league meeting between the two was J1 League match day 31 on 05/12/2020 which ended up with the score at Yokohama FC 1-1 Sagan Tosu.
The match was refereed by Ryo Tanimoto.
Team News: Sagan Tosu
Sagan Tosu manager Myung-Hwi Kim has no fitness worries whatsoever ahead of this clash thanks to a fully injury-free squad ready to go. Masaya Tashiro is ineligible for this match because of suspension.
Team News: Yokohama FC
Yokohama manager Takahiro Shimotaira has multiple availability issues to deal with. Haruki Saruta (Meniscus Damage), Hideto Takahashi (Metatarsal Fracture) and Eijiro Takeda (Lung contusion) are not able to play.
Our feeling is that Sagan Tosu are likely to get a lot of shots on goal and make them count.
Conversely, Yokohama FC may well struggle to score a goal of their own - but, we do see them seeing enough of the ball to score, too.
We therefore think that it’s going to be a comfortable 3-1 winning score for Sagan Tosu when the full-time whistle blows.
Our expert partners are tipping under 3.5 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 4
🔑 Key Man: Daichi Hayashi
Customarily taking to the field in the Striker position, Daichi Hayashi was born in Japan. Having made his senior debut playing for Sagan Tosu in the 2019 season, the goalscoring Forward has managed to score 3 league goals in the J1 League 2021 campaign so far in a total of 8 appearances.