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Urawa Red Diamonds take on away team Shimizu S-Pulse at Saitama Stadium 2002 in this J1 League tie on Saturday.
Our full set of predictions, statistics and match poll for Urawa Red Diamonds v Shimizu S-Pulse can be seen below - as well as the best betting odds.
Urawa Red Diamonds
Urawa Red Diamonds will be looking for a repeat result of a 0-2 J1 League triumph over Yokohama FC.
For Urawa Red Diamonds, the goals were scored by Leonardo (52') and Ewerton Pereira (93').
A recurring characteristic of more recent Urawa Red Diamonds games is the number of nil scores.
Taking their previous six clashes leading up to this one, in 5 of them a wager on "Both Teams to Score" would have lost. We will just have to see whether or not that trend will be continued on in this game.
Going into this encounter, Urawa Red Diamonds have not lost a league tie with Shimizu S-Pulse in their previous 11 matches. A decent run, indeed.
Shimizu S-Pulse come into this meeting following a 4-2 J1 League win against Oita Trinita in their last outing.
For Shimizu S-Pulse, the goals were scored by Seok-Ho Hwang (41'), Carlinhos (57'), Yugo Tatsuta (70') and Valdo (84'). Kei Chinen (87') and Yuya Takazawa (88') scored for Oita Trinita.
Showing their appetite for productive matches, goals have been celebrated 20 times in the prior 6 games in which Shimizu S-Pulse have played, yielding an average of 3.33 goals for each meeting. Their opponents have hit 12 from this total.
Looking at their past form shows that Shimizu S-Pulse:
- have not beaten Urawa Red Diamonds when having played them away from home in the previous 5 league games. They really have not been travelling well at all.
- have not won away from home in their last 6 matches in the league.
Head to head
A quick look at their past head to head results stretching back to 20/05/2017 reveals that these encounters have been disappointments for Shimizu S-Pulse. They have not managed to come away with any wins whatsoever while Urawa Red Diamonds have been dominant against them, running out winners in 67 per cent of those ties.
A lot of goals were also scored during this period, 23 in total at an average of 3.83 goals per meeting.
The previous league contest featuring these sides was J1 League match day 28 on 06/10/2019 which finished with the scoreline of Urawa Red Diamonds 2-1 Shimizu S-Pulse.
The referee was Koichiro Fukushima.
Team News: Urawa Red Diamonds
It doesn’t get much better regarding selection, with just a single fitness concern for the Urawa Red Diamonds manager Tsuyoshi Ōtsuki to be concerned about from an otherwise complete group. Thomas Deng (Hip Injury) is out of contention.
Team News: Shimizu S-Pulse
Due to a mostly healthy group of players, there is only the lone fitness problem for the Shimizu S-Pulse boss Peter Cklamovski to be concerned with. Hideki Ishige (Hamstring Injury) won’t be playing here.
We feel that Shimizu S-Pulse have the firepower to put a goal past this Urawa Red Diamonds lineup, however that might not be as many as they will have scored against them.
We’re going for a narrow 2-1 victory for Urawa Red Diamonds at full-time.
🏟️ Team Focus:
Urawa Red Diamonds
Stadium: Saitama Stadium 2002 (62,010)
Captain: Yōsuke Kashiwagi
Chairman: Yoichi Tachibana
Manager: Tsuyoshi Ōtsuki
Competitions: J1 League position 6
⭐ Key Man: Ewerton Pereira
Regularly taking up the Centre Midfield position, Ewerton Pereira was born in São Paulo, Brazil. After making a first senior appearance for Portimonense in the 2017 - 2018 season, the talented Midfielder has managed to score 2 league goals in this J1 League 2020 campaign to date coming from a total of 4 appearances.