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Urawa Red Diamonds head to NOEVIR Stadium Kobe on Saturday for the J1 League fixture with hosts Vissel Kobe.
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Vissel Kobe will be hoping to return to winning ways here after the 3-1 J1 League losing effort in their last game against Kawasaki Frontale.
In that match, Vissel Kobe had 47% possession and 13 attempts on goal with 6 on target. For Vissel Kobe, the goals were scored by Yoshinori Mutō (13') and Thomas Vermaelen (72' Own goal). Kawasaki Frontale had 11 shots at goal with 5 on target. Leandro Damião (56') and Akihiro Ienaga (85') scored for Kawasaki Frontale.
In their last 6 games, Atsuhiro Miura's Vissel Kobe have netted a total of 8 times, an average number of goals scored per match of 1.33.
Heading into this contest, Vissel Kobe haven't beaten Urawa Red Diamonds in their previous 2 league matches.
Urawa Red Diamonds
Urawa Red Diamonds head into the meeting following a 1-2 J1 League win versus FC Tokyo in their most recent match.
In that match, Urawa Red Diamonds had 65% possession and 13 shots on goal with 5 of them on target. For Urawa Red Diamonds, the goals were scored by Hiroki Sakai (45') and Ataru Esaka (66'). On the other side, FC Tokyo had 15 attempts at goal with 6 on target. Kyosuke Tagawa (1') scored for FC Tokyo.
A run of effective showings from the Urawa Red Diamonds defenders has resulted in their ‘goals against’ tally amounting to 1 from their previous 6 clashes overall. In that time, their own attack force has managed to score 8.
Going into this contest, Urawa Red Diamonds are undefeated in their last 4 league matches away from home.
Head to head
Checking on their past head-to-head clashes going back to 23/09/2018 shows us that Vissel Kobe have won 2 of them and Urawa Red Diamonds 4, with the number of drawn games standing at 0.
A combined total of 14 goals were yielded between them throughout the course of those matches, with 5 from Ushi and 9 coming from Reds. The average goals per game has been 2.33.
The last league meeting featuring these sides was J1 League match day 15 on 22/05/2021 which finished with the scoreline of Urawa Red Diamonds 2-0 Vissel Kobe.
On that day, Urawa Red Diamonds managed 42% possession and 11 attempts at goal with 4 on target. Goals were scored by Tatsuya Tanaka (47') and Kasper Junker (85').
Vissel Kobe got 18 attempts on goal with 2 of them on target.
The match was refereed by Futoshi Nakamura.
Team News: Vissel Kobe
It doesn’t get much better regarding selection, with just the lone fitness concern for the Vissel Kobe boss Atsuhiro Miura to contend with from an otherwise fully-primed group. Hotaru Yamaguchi (Calf Injury) misses out.
Team News: Urawa Red Diamonds
Owing to a completely injury-free group available to choose from, the Urawa Red Diamonds manager Ricardo Rodríguez has no fitness worries to speak of coming into this clash.
In our opinion, Urawa Red Diamonds will need to push hard to hit the back of the net against this Vissel Kobe side who we think might well get a goal themselves and run out victorious.
We’ve gone for a very even contest with a 1-0 winning margin for Vissel Kobe when the referee blows for full-time.
Looking forward to watching this one unfold.
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🏟️ Team Focus:
Stadium: NOEVIR Stadium Kobe (28,962)
Captain: Andrés Iniesta
Chairman: Taiki Tokuyama
Manager: Atsuhiro Miura
Competitions: J1 League position 4
⭐ Key Man: Douglas
Usually deployed in the Striker position, Douglas was born in Morros, Brazil. After having made a senior debut playing for Tokushima Vortis in the 2010 season, the gifted Forward has contributed 5 league goals in this J1 League 2021 season so far in 18 appearances.