The home fans are expecting three points in this fixture, as the home advantage should be put to good use versus a struggling visitor. Urawa Reds are in the 9th position while the guesting Vegalta Sendai worry at 16th.
It's no vacation for neither Urawa nor Vegalta Sendai as both were in action only a few days ago. Expect some tired legs on the pitch and/or possibly some changes to the lineups.
Urawa Reds form and stats
The home fans haven’t been spoiled with victories in the J-League this season. Urawa Reds have only managed 3 wins, 3 draws and 6 losses from their games here at Saitama Stadium 2002. The season ticket holders are starting to dread their visits here at Saitama Stadium 2002, with the home team losing four in a row. They have not avoided a defeat here since the Sagan Tosu game.
Urawa Reds manager T. Ōtsuki and his team return home after a 1-1 draw away versus Kashiwa Reysol (placed 8th) in the J-League. Before that match, a win away at Sagan Tosu.
The hosts are modest favourites in this match, with the bookmakers estimating the chance of a home win at about 50% +- five percent. It's interesting to look at how Urawa have performed under similar circumstances, so here are some numbers: When modest favourites like this (we found twelve games) they have won four times, drawn two and lost six.
Urawa have scored 8 league goals here from 12 matches, not a lot. It's been trouble in front of goal recently, as only 0 of these goals has been scored in their last three home matches. 17 goals have been conceded.
Vegalta Sendai form and stats
There's been little loot from Vegalta Sendai's travels as they have only collected 9 points from 11 away games in the J-League. Vegalta Sendai only have 2 wins to counter their 6 defeats and 3 draws. The sun doesn’t shine and the birds do not sing for Vegalta, who have now gone twelve games without a victory. The Vissel Kobe game was their last win and it’s been a dry spell since.
The attacking players of Vegalta have been feeble for some time now, the team not scoring a league goal in the last 213 minutes.
Vegalta played 0-0 against Yokohama in their previous match. Preceding that game, the 0-1 loss visiting Kawasaki Frontale's place.
We have checked recent matches where Vegalta have had similar odds to win. Win-draw-lose statistics from those twelve games were two victories, two draws and eight defeats.
Scoring goals is the main ingredient in creating success in football, and not only at home. So far Vegalta have scored 12 goals in 11 league games away. In the opposite end, Vegalta have conceded 20 goals in their away games.
Head 2 HeadUrawa Reds and Vegalta Sendai have met before this season: Vegalta Sendai - Urawa Reds 1-2. Head-to-head totals (for the last ten meetings): Urawa won eight games, two matches ended with a draw and Vegalta Sendai has zero wins. Over 2,5 goals / under 2,5 goals: four / six
L. Nascimento Lopes de Souza
A. Pereira Guedes
Urawa Reds missing players
Vegalta Sendai missing players
|Urawa Reds||Vegalta Sendai|
|Total||Home||vs ||Statistics||Stat||vs ||Away||Total|
|96%||92%||100%||Over 0.5||O 0.5||100%||100%||90%|
|74%||58%||100%||Over 1.5||O 1.5||100%||73%||71%|
|52%||42%||33%||Over 2.5||O 2.5||75%||55%||57%|
|26%||17%||33%||Over 3.5||O 3.5||50%||27%||33%|
|13%||0%||0%||Over 4.5||O 4.5||25%||18%||24%|
|22%||25%||0%||Clean Sheets||C S||0%||9%||14%|
|35%||50%||33%||Failed to Score||F T||0%||18%||29%|
|0||0||0||Corners for (avg)||C F||0||0||0|
|0||0||0||Corners against (avg)||C A||0||0||0|
|1.4||1.5||1.7||Yellow cards (avg)||Y C||1.2||1.2||1.1|
|1||1||0||Red cards||R C||0||0||0|
|178||95||36||Total Shots||T S||32||91||194|
|58||28||10||Shots on Target||S O||11||29||70|
|33%||29%||30%||Goal Efficiency||G E||45%||41%||30%|
- Urawa Reds have conceded at least twice as many goals as they have scored at home.
- Vegalta Sendai haven’t played a single 0-0 game away.
|7||Yokohama F. Marinos||25||11||5||9||51||39||14||7||2||5||32||20||11||4||3||4||19||19||12||38|