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The J1 League fixture at IAI Stadium Nihondaira on Sunday will see home side Shimizu S-Pulse take to the field against Yokohama FC.
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Shimizu S-Pulse will be hoping to return to winning ways here after a 1-0 J1 League loss in their previous game against Oita Trinita.
In that match, Shimizu S-Pulse managed 55% possession and 11 shots at goal with 3 of them on target. At the other end, Oita Trinita had 8 attempts at goal with 4 of them on target. Yamato Machida (38') scored for Oita Trinita.
It has been a rare occasion in recent games where Shimizu S-Pulse have shown defensive steel. It will be a concern for them that Shimizu have failed to prevent opponents from scoring in 5 of their previous 6 matches, leaking 8 goals along the way.
Coming into this fixture, Shimizu S-Pulse have not won at home in their last 8 matches in the league. It's been disappointing.
After a losing effort in their last game against Kashima Antlers in J1 League action, Yokohama FC and their fans will hope to get a better result this time.
In that match, Yokohama FC managed 48% possession and 8 attempts at goal with 0 on target. Kashima Antlers had 15 attempts on goal with 8 on target. Ryōhei Shirasaki (12'), Shoma Doi (45') and Koki Machida (80') scored for Kashima Antlers.
The attacking players from Yokohama FC have suffered from a shortage of goals over their previous 6 games, netting the disappointing return of just 3. In those fixtures, Yokohama have also seen the collective goal aggregate of their opponents equal 17. It will be interesting to see if that trend will end up being continued on into this next match.
Going into this encounter, Yokohama FC have not won away from home in their last 13 matches in the league. They must be getting so desperate.
Head to head
A glance at their prior head to head clashes going back to 28/04/2007 tells us that Shimizu S-Pulse have won 4 of these & Yokohama FC 1, with the tally of drawn games being 1.
A combined sum of 17 goals were shared by the two clubs in this period, with 12 of them from Shimizu and 5 coming from Yokohama. The average goals per game has been 2.83.
The last league encounter featuring the two was J1 League match day 29 on 25/11/2020 and the score finished Yokohama FC 1-3 Shimizu S-Pulse.
The match was refereed by Takuto Okabe.
Team News: Shimizu S-Pulse
Renato Augusto (Cartilage Damage) and Teruki Hara (Foot Injury) are not available for Shimizu boss Miguel Lotina.
Team News: Yokohama FC
Yokohama manager Takahiro Shimotaira has multiple availability issues to deal with. Haruki Saruta (Meniscus Damage) and Kosuke Saito (Acromioclavicular Separation) are not able to play.
We believe that Yokohama FC will really need to work well to score goals against this Shimizu S-Pulse side who we think should just have the edge.
We therefore think that it’s going to be a very even match with a 1-0 winning margin for Shimizu S-Pulse when the referee blows for full-time.
Let’s see how this one goes.
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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 Player: Katsuhiro Nakayama
Generally playing in the position, Katsuhiro Nakayama was born in Japan. After having played his first senior match for Yokohama FC in the 2020 season, the accomplished Midfielder has struck 2 league goals in the J1 League 2021 campaign so far in a total of 12 appearances.