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It’s almost time for J. League Cup action happening on Wednesday as Shimizu S-Pulse meet Sanfrecce Hiroshima.
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Shimizu S-Pulse enter this game following on from a 0-0 J1 League drawn match vs Kyoto Sanga.
In that game, Shimizu S-Pulse had 44% possession and 16 shots at goal with 7 on target. Kyoto Sanga got 12 attempts on goal with 4 on target.
In their last six games, Hiroaki Hiraoka's Shimizu S-Pulse have seen rewards for their attempts on goal a total of 6 times - an average number of goals per match of 1.
In their previous game, Sanfrecce Hiroshima drew 0-0 in the J1 League match with Urawa Red Diamonds.
In that game, Sanfrecce Hiroshima had 49% possession and 18 attempts on goal with 4 on target. Urawa Red Diamonds got 14 attempts on goal with 7 of them on target.
In a total of 5 of the previous 6 clashes featuring Sanfrecce Hiroshima, a minimum of three goals have been struck. The overall average number of goals per match during that time is 3, with the average number of goals for Sanfrecce Hiroshima equalling 2.
Head to head
Inspecting their prior head to head clashes stretching back to 09/09/2020 shows us that Shimizu S-Pulse have won 2 of these games and Sanfrecce Hiroshima 3, with the tally of drawn results being 1.
A total of 19 goals were yielded between them in this period, with 8 from Shimizu and 11 created by Sanfrecce. That is an average goals per game value of 3.17.
The last league contest between these clubs was J1 League match day 10 on 29/04/2022 when it ended Shimizu S-Pulse 2-2 Sanfrecce Hiroshima.
That time, Shimizu S-Pulse managed 39% possession and 14 shots on goal with 4 of them on target. Their only player on the scoresheet was Thiago Santana (20', 70').
For their opponents, Sanfrecce Hiroshima had 24 shots on goal with 6 on target. Tsukasa Morishima (68') and Yoshifumi Kashiwa (80') scored.
The match was refereed by Yoshiro Imamura.
Team News: Shimizu S-Pulse
It doesn’t get much better regarding selection, with just one fitness concern for the Shimizu S-Pulse gaffer Hiroaki Hiraoka to be concerned with thanks to an almost full-strength group. Renato Augusto (Cartilage Damage) is out of contention.
Team News: Sanfrecce Hiroshima
Sanfrecce Hiroshima manager Michael Skibbe has to contend with a number of unavailable players. Ezequiel (Ankle Injury), Takumu Kawamura (Medial Collateral Ligament Injury) and Shun Ayukawa (Metatarsal Fracture) won’t be making appearances.
We believe that Sanfrecce Hiroshima and Shimizu S-Pulse could both end up scoring in what appears to be a good match-up, with little separating these two teams.
It’s looking like it could well end up as a draw. We therefore think that it’s going to be a tight encounter with a score draw at full-time.
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⚽️ Team Focus:
Stadium: IAI Stadium Nihondaira (19,594)
Captain: Ryo Takeuchi
Chairman: Shinya Yamamuro
Manager: Hiroaki Hiraoka
Competitions: J1 League position 13, J. League Cup (Group B)
⭐ Key Man: Thiago Santana
Mostly played in the Striker position, Thiago Santana was born in Serrinha, Brazil. After having made a senior debut playing for Figueirense in the 2015 season, the goalscoring Forward has bagged 2 league goals in the J1 League 2022 season to date in a total of 5 appearances.