Kyoto Sanga head to K's denki Stadium Mito on Sunday for the J2 League meeting with hosts Mito Hollyhock.
View all Mito Hollyhock v Kyoto Sanga tips, stats and our pre-match poll below (inc. the best betting odds).
Mito Hollyhock will be hoping to bounce back here after a 2-0 J2 League defeat last time out to Ventforet Kofu.
Dudu (21') and Jin Izumisawa (65') scored for Ventforet Kofu.
It has been all too rare in recent games that Mito Hollyhock have shown defensive steel. In fact, HollyHock have been scored against in 6 of their previous 6 clashes, giving up 11 goals in the process. That trend won’t necessarily be carried forward into this game, however.
Looking at the pre-match facts, Mito Hollyhock:
- have not been beaten in the league by Kyoto Sanga in their previous 4 matches.
- are without a win at home for the past 4 league matches. That’s never good.
Since tasting defeat last time out to Tokyo Verdy in J2 League action, Kyoto Sanga and their fans will hope to get a better result this time.
The only scorer from Kyoto Sanga was Peter Utaka (55'). Haruya Ide (89') scored for Tokyo Verdy.
Ichizo Nakata’s Kyoto Sanga have found the back of the net 8 times throughout their previous six matches. The aggregate of goals that they have conceded during those matches equals 6.
Going into this encounter, Kyoto Sanga have not won away from home in their last 3 league matches.
Head to head
Looking at their prior head to head clashes going back to 16/08/2017 shows that Mito Hollyhock have won 3 of these and Kyoto Sanga 1, with the number of drawn games standing at 2.
A combined sum of 17 goals were yielded between them in these games, with 11 of them for HollyHock and 6 coming from Kyoto. The average number of goals per game works out to 2.83.
The last league clash featuring these sides was J2 League match day 11 on 12/08/2020 which finished with the scoreline of Kyoto Sanga 2-2 Mito Hollyhock.
Team News: Mito Hollyhock
Mito Hollyhock boss Shigetoshi Hasebe will be grateful to have no fitness concerns to speak of coming into this match with a completely healthy group available to choose from.
Team News: Kyoto Sanga
Kyoto manager Ichizo Nakata has to choose from a squad that has some fitness concerns. Nobuhiro Kato (Corona virus), Juninho (Meniscus Damage) and Katsunori Ueebisu (Thigh Problems) won’t be making appearances.
It seems to us that Kyoto Sanga and Mito Hollyhock should both get enough opportunities to score, although it’s hard to separate the two.
A draw looks like a realistic possibility, but we’ll see what happens. Our tip is therefore for a very close game with a 1-1 draw when the full-time whistle blows.
What are the top odds for this match?
Turning to the betting odds in the WDW market, a win for Mito Hollyhock is available for 2.5, backing a draw is 3.5 and selecting the winner to be Kyoto Sanga can get you 2.75. Those are the best bets offered right now.