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Shimizu S-Pulse will face off against the visiting Vegalta Sendai at IAI Stadium Nihondaira in this J1 League clash on Saturday.
Our Shimizu S-Pulse v Vegalta Sendai predictions, statistics and match poll can be seen below (plus the best game odds).
Shimizu S-Pulse will be hoping for a better result following the 2-1 J1 League defeat last time out to Sagan Tosu.
In that match, Shimizu S-Pulse had 38% possession and 10 shots at goal with 4 of them on target. The scorer for Shimizu S-Pulse was Thiago Santana (65'). Sagan Tosu had 10 attempts on goal with 3 of them on target. Ryōhei Shirasaki (58') and Eduardo (74') scored for Sagan Tosu.
It’s been seldom in recent times where Shimizu S-Pulse have kept a clean sheet. The reality is that Shimizu S-Pulse have failed to prevent opponents from scoring in 6 of their previous 6 games, leaking 11 goals during that time.
Coming into this meeting, Shimizu S-Pulse are without a home win in the past 4 matches in the league. Their supporters are understandably frustrated.
Vegalta Sendai head into the encounter following on from a 2-3 J1 League win in the defeat of Gamba Osaka in their most recent fixture.
In that match, Vegalta Sendai had 43% possession and 12 shots at goal with 6 on target. For Vegalta Sendai, the scorers were Cayman Togashi (37', 42') and Takuma Nishimura (79'). At the other end, Gamba Osaka got 22 attempts on goal with 6 of them on target. Shinya Yajima (39') and Patric (60') scored for Gamba Osaka.
The strike force from Vegalta Sendai have been starved of goals over their last six encounters, contributing the disappointing return of only 4. In those matches, Vegalta have also seen the collective goal tally against them equal 10. That sort of trend won’t necessarily be carried forward into this next game, however.
Head to head
An examination of their prior head-to-head clashes going back to 01/09/2018 shows us that Shimizu S-Pulse have won 2 of them and Vegalta Sendai 3, with the tally of drawn games being 1.
A lot of goals were also scored during this period, 22 in all which averages out at 3.67 goals per meeting.
The previous league clash between these clubs was J1 League match day 19 on 23/06/2021 when it ended Vegalta Sendai 2-3 Shimizu S-Pulse.
On that occasion, Vegalta Sendai had 62% possession and 14 shots at goal with 8 on target. The goals were scored by Kyohei Yoshino (22') and Yoshiki Matsushita (83').
Shimizu S-Pulse got 14 attempts on goal with 6 on target. Yuito Suzuki (12'), Akira Silvano Disaro (72') and Thiago Santana (84') scored.
The match was refereed by Masaaki Iemoto.
Team News: Shimizu S-Pulse
Renato Augusto (Cartilage Damage), Elsinho (Adductor problems) and Takumi Kato (Cruciate Ligament Rupture) are unavailable for Shimizu S-Pulse manager Miguel Lotina.
Team News: Vegalta Sendai
Owing to a fully healthy squad to choose from, the Vegalta Sendai manager Makoto Teguramori has no fitness concerns whatsoever ahead of this game.
We’re thinking that Vegalta Sendai will have to work hard as a team to see themselves scoring against this Shimizu S-Pulse side who we think will likely manage to get a goal of their own in a winning performance.
We therefore fancy a good battle with a 1-0 advantage for Shimizu S-Pulse at full-time.
Let’s see what happens.
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⚽️ Team Focus:
Stadium: IAI Stadium Nihondaira (19,496)
Captain: Ryo Takeuchi
Chairman: Shinya Yamamuro
Manager: Miguel Lotina
Competitions: J1 League position 16
🔑 Star Man: Thiago Santana
Regularly taking up the Striker position, Thiago Santana was born in Serrinha, Brazil. Having made a first senior appearance for Figueirense in the 2015 season, the goalscoring Forward has bagged 8 league goals in this J1 League 2021 campaign to date coming from a total of 27 appearances.