Kashima Antlers are the guests at Yurtec Stadium Sendai on Saturday for the J1 League showdown with home side Vegalta Sendai.
Our Vegalta Sendai v Kashima Antlers predictions, statistics and match poll can be seen below (inc. the best betting odds).
Vegalta Sendai go into this game following on from a 2-2 J1 League drawn result vs FC Tokyo.
For Vegalta Sendai, the goalscorers were Shun Nagasawa (47') and Yoshiki Matsushita (84'). Leandro (15') and Yojiro Takahagi (64') scored for FC Tokyo.
In their preceding 6 games, Takashi Kiyama’s Vegalta Sendai have seen rewards for their attempts on goal a total of 8 times resulting in an average number of goals per match equal to 1.33.
Going into this one, Vegalta Sendai have not registered a win against Kashima Antlers in their previous 4 matches in the league.
In the game prior to this, Kashima Antlers drew 1-1 in the J1 League match with Kawasaki Frontale.
The only scorer from Kashima Antlers was Everaldo Stum (75'). Yasuto Wakizaka (18') scored for Kawasaki Frontale.
The stats tell the story, and Kashima Antlers have been scored against in 5 of their last 6 matches, seeing opposing sides hit 7 goals in all. Defensively, Antlers certainly have room for improvement.
Looking at their past form shows that Kashima Antlers:
- are undefeated by Vegalta Sendai when having played them away from home in the previous 3 league matches.
- are undefeated in their last 2 away league matches.
Head to head
Looking at their prior head-to-head meetings dating back to 05/08/2017 tells us that Vegalta Sendai have won 1 of them and Kashima Antlers 5, with the tally of drawn games being 0.
In all, 16 goals were produced between them in this period, with 3 from Vegalta and 13 for Antlers. That’s an average goals per game of 2.67.
The previous league contest between these clubs was J1 League match day 15 on 09/09/2020 which ended up with the score at Kashima Antlers 2-1 Vegalta Sendai.
The match was refereed by Minoru Tojo.
Team News: Vegalta Sendai
Shingo Tomita (Cruciate Ligament Injury), Kyohei Yoshino (Acromioclavicular Separation) and Ryo Germain (Fractured Foot) will not be able to play for Vegalta boss Takashi Kiyama.
Team News: Kashima Antlers
Antlers manager Antônio Zago has multiple availability issues to deal with. Itsuki Someno (Ankle Surgery), Ryuji Izumi (Medial Collateral Ligament Injury), Katsuya Nagato (Corona virus) and Ryohei Shirasaki (Biceps femoris muscle injury) are names that won’t be on the team sheet. Kento Misao will not be able to play in this game through being suspended.
In this match, Vegalta Sendai will surely be able to breach the defence of this Kashima Antlers outfit, although one goal probably won’t quite be enough to avoid a loss.
Our selection here is for a very close game with a 1-2 victory for Kashima Antlers when all is said and done. Let’s see what happens here.
What are the best odds for the game?
Checking out the betting prices for the game in the full-time result market, putting your money on Vegalta Sendai is available for 4.54, going for the draw is 4.2 & putting your money on the winner to be Kashima Antlers is 1.75. They are the best prices being offered right now.