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The J1 League match at IAI Stadium Nihondaira on Friday sees home side Shimizu S-Pulse take to the field against Vissel Kobe.
Our predictions, user poll and statistics for Shimizu S-Pulse v Vissel Kobe can be found here - plus the latest betting odds.
Shimizu S-Pulse are hoping to win again after their last result, a 2-1 J1 League success versus Vegalta Sendai.
In that game, Shimizu S-Pulse managed 49% possession and 13 shots at goal with 6 of them on target. For Shimizu S-Pulse, the goals were scored by Thiago Santana (19') and Noriaki Fujimoto (52'). Vegalta Sendai had 14 attempts on goal with 3 of them on target. Felippe Cardoso (60') was the scorer for Vegalta Sendai.
It’s been all too rare in recent games where Shimizu S-Pulse have managed to hold out for a full 90 minutes. It will be a concern for them that Shimizu S-Pulse have seen their defence breached in 6 of their previous 6 matches, giving up 10 goals on the way. Such a pattern might not follow through here, though.
Ahead of this clash, Shimizu S-Pulse are unbeaten in the league by Vissel Kobe in their last 2 matches.
Vissel Kobe will go into the match following on from a 1-0 J1 League win in the defeat of Consadole Sapporo in their most recent outing.
In that match, Vissel Kobe had 38% possession and 5 attempts at goal with 4 on target. The scorer for Vissel Kobe was Yuya Nakasaka (22'). Consadole Sapporo had 16 attempts at goal with 4 of them on target.
In the course of their six most recent matches, Atsuhiro Miura's Vissel Kobe have had reason to celebrate scoring a total of 7 times, giving them a goals per game average of 1.17.
Looking at the pre-match facts, Vissel Kobe:
- are winless against Shimizu S-Pulse when they have played them away from home in the previous 3 league matches.
- are undefeated in their last 6 league matches away from home.
Head to head
A glance at their most recent head to head meetings going back to 24/11/2018 shows that Shimizu S-Pulse have won 2 of these games and Vissel Kobe 1, with the number of drawn matches being 3.
A combined sum of 21 goals were yielded between them in this period, with 11 for Shimizu and 10 created by Ushi. That’s an average goals per game of 3.5.
The previous league game featuring these clubs was J1 League match day 9 on 11/04/2021 when it ended Vissel Kobe 1-1 Shimizu S-Pulse.
That time, Vissel Kobe managed 55% possession and 9 shots at goal with 3 of them on target. Their only player to score was Kyogo Furuhashi (87').
On the other side, Shimizu S-Pulse had 13 attempts at goal with 4 on target. Elsinho (74') scored.
The referee was Yuichi Nishimura.
Team News: Shimizu S-Pulse
Renato Augusto (Cartilage Damage), Elsinho (Adductor problems) and Takumi Kato (Cruciate Ligament Rupture) won’t be available for Shimizu S-Pulse manager Miguel Lotina.
Team News: Vissel Kobe
Owing to a fully injury-free squad ready to go, the Vissel Kobe manager Atsuhiro Miura doesn’t have any fitness concerns to report coming into this match.
We’re of the view that Shimizu S-Pulse will need to apply a lot of pressure to score against this Vissel Kobe side who should get a goal themselves and run out victorious.
We’re therefore tipping a very even match with a 0-1 win for Vissel Kobe at the end of this game.
Looking forward to this.
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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 15
⭐ Key Man: Thiago Santana
Typically used in the Striker position, Thiago Santana was born in Serrinha, Brazil. Having made a first senior appearance for Figueirense in the 2015 season, the skilful Forward has accumulated 9 league goals in the J1 League 2021 season to date in 28 appearances.