The J1 League game at Yanmar Stadium Nagai on Saturday will see home side Cerezo Osaka prepare for the visit of opponents, Sanfrecce Hiroshima.
For all of our match predictions, pre-game poll and statistics for Cerezo Osaka v Sanfrecce Hiroshima, scroll down – as well as the best betting odds.
Cerezo Osaka will be hoping to bounce back here following a 3-1 J1 League losing effort in their last game against Shimizu S-Pulse.
The only name on the scoresheet from Cerezo Osaka was Hiroshi Kiyotake (67'). Renato Augusto (49'), Keita Nakamura (86') and Carlinhos (94') scored for Shimizu S-Pulse.
It has been all too rare in recent times where Cerezo Osaka have shown defensive steel. The reality is that Sakura have failed to prevent opponents from scoring in 5 of their previous 6 games, leaking 9 goals along the way. Let’s see whether or not that trend can be sustained into this next match.
Analysis of their past results shows that Cerezo Osaka:
- haven’t lost in the league to Sanfrecce Hiroshima in their last 2 games.
- are unbeaten in their previous 3 league matches at home.
Previously, Sanfrecce Hiroshima drew 1-1 in the J1 League match with Yokohama FC.
The only scorer from Sanfrecce Hiroshima was Ezequiel (28'). Yuki Kobayashi (10') was the scorer for Yokohama FC.
A sequence of dependable performances by the Sanfrecce Hiroshima defensive unit has resulted in the number of goals they’ve conceded standing at 4 from their last 6 fixtures in total. In that time, their own forwards have managed to score 7.
Taking a look at their past results, Sanfrecce Hiroshima:
- are undefeated by Cerezo Osaka when having played them away from home in the previous 2 league games.
- are without a win away from home in their last 2 league matches.
Head to head
An examination of their past head to head meetings going back to 16/09/2017 tells us that Cerezo Osaka have won 2 of these games & Sanfrecce Hiroshima 3, with the tally of draws being 1.
A combined sum of 10 goals were yielded between them in these games, with 5 from Sakura and 5 netted by Sanfrecce. That is an average goals per game value of 1.67.
The previous league meeting between these sides was J1 League match day 5 on 18/07/2020 and the score finished Sanfrecce Hiroshima 1-2 Cerezo Osaka.
The referee was Yudai Yamamoto.
Team News: Cerezo Osaka
Ken Tokura (Adductor problems) and Shu Mogi (Corona virus) will be missing for Cerezo gaffer Miguel Lotina.
Team News: Sanfrecce Hiroshima
Thanks to a fully injury-free group available to choose from, Sanfrecce Hiroshima manager Hiroshi Jofuku has zero fitness concerns to speak of coming into this match.
Looking at these two, we feel that Sanfrecce Hiroshima and Cerezo Osaka may well both score, with little between these two teams.
It appears that a draw might be on the cards. We’re therefore seeing a very close game with a 1-1 score at full-time.
What are the top odds for the game?
Checking out the betting prices for the game in the 90 minute result market, a win for Cerezo Osaka can be had for 2.76, a wager on the game finishing all-square is 3.5 and selecting a victory for Sanfrecce Hiroshima is 2.6. They are the top bets available as of now.