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Vissel Kobe will be facing visiting club Sanfrecce Hiroshima at NOEVIR Stadium Kobe in the J1 League fixture on Saturday.
For all of our match predictions, pre-game poll and statistics for Vissel Kobe v Sanfrecce Hiroshima, scroll down (including the best match odds).
Vissel Kobe enter this fixture after a 1-1 J1 League draw versus Kashima Antlers.
In that game, Vissel Kobe had 44% possession and 10 shots at goal with 2 of them on target. The only player to score for Vissel Kobe was Kyogo Furuhashi (28'). Kashima Antlers got 13 shots on goal with 6 on target. Ayase Ueda (64') scored for Kashima Antlers.
Fewer than three goals per game were scored during 5 of the last 6 fixtures where Vissel Kobe have taken part. In terms of the goal distribution during this period, opposition teams scored an aggregate of 5 and Ushi totted up 9. That aside, it remains to be seen if such a trend will persist in this game.
Their previous form shows that Vissel Kobe:
- have left without a victory over Sanfrecce Hiroshima in their previous 11 league matches.
- are unbeaten in their previous 3 league matches at home.
After being defeated in their last game at the hands of Avispa Fukuoka in J1 League competition, Sanfrecce Hiroshima will be hoping to turn things around here.
In that game, Sanfrecce Hiroshima had 67% possession and 10 attempts at goal with 3 on target. For Sanfrecce Hiroshima, the goals were scored by Sho Sasaki (9' Own goal) and Shunki Higashi (28'). At the other end, Avispa Fukuoka got 5 attempts on goal with 3 on target. Hiroyuki Mae (58') scored for Avispa Fukuoka.
Hiroshi Jofuku's Sanfrecce Hiroshima have seen their goal attempts be successful a total of 5 times throughout their latest six matches. The number of goals that have been scored against them during those same clashes equals 5.
Analysis of their past results shows that Sanfrecce Hiroshima:
- haven't been defeated by Vissel Kobe when they have played them away from home in the previous 8 league matches. A fantastic record for the visitors.
- are without an away win for the past 2 league games.
Head to head
A study of past results between these clubs going back to 06/05/2018 tells us that these encounters have been disappointments for Vissel Kobe. They’ve not managed to come away with any victories at all while Sanfrecce Hiroshima have remained in the ascendancy, running out winners in 83% of those games where they have faced each other.
Loads of goals were seen in those games, too - 24 in all which averages out at 4 goals per match.
The last league fixture featuring these clubs was J1 League match day 23 on 18/10/2020 when it ended Sanfrecce Hiroshima 2-1 Vissel Kobe.
The match was refereed by Hajime Matsuo.
Team News: Vissel Kobe
It doesn’t get much better regarding selection, with just the sole fitness concern for the Vissel Kobe boss Atsuhiro Miura to be concerned with from a near full-strength group of players. Andrés Iniesta (Hamstring Injury) will miss out.
Team News: Sanfrecce Hiroshima
Thanks to a completely injury-free squad to choose from, Sanfrecce Hiroshima boss Hiroshi Jofuku doesn’t have any fitness worries at all before this clash.
Looking at these two teams, we feel that Sanfrecce Hiroshima might have a difficult job to register a score against this Vissel Kobe outfit who we reckon should score one, at least.
We’re therefore expecting a hard-fought 1-0 victory for Vissel Kobe at full-time.
We’re expecting it to be that close.
Our expert partners are tipping under 3.5 goals for this match. Check out their VIP predictions here.
⚽️ Team Focus:
Stadium: NOEVIR Stadium Kobe (28,962)
Captain: Andrés Iniesta
Chairman: Taiki Tokuyama
Manager: Atsuhiro Miura
Competitions: J1 League position 6
🔑 Key Player: Douglas
Normally used in the Striker position, Douglas was born in Morros, Brazil. Having made his senior debut playing for Tokushima Vortis in the 2010 season, the dangerous Forward has struck 2 league goals in this J1 League 2021 campaign to date coming from a total of 5 appearances.