Open game expected at NOEVIR Stadium Kobe: Vissel Kobe vs Sagan Tosu preview

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Competition: Japan J-League
Competition: Sat 14.May
Match begins: 06:00 (UTC)
Venue: NOEVIR Stadium Kobe (30132 seats)

Pre-match info: 15 points separate the teams before this game, Sagan Tosu having done best. Can Vissel Kobe take the guests by surprise?

Insights:
  • Vissel Kobe have the fewest scored goals (5) in J-League
  • Sagan Tosu have the most clean sheets (7) in J-League

Both teams should be fairly well rested for this game, as they have had some quiet days to prepare. Hopefully this will translate into lots of action on the pitch.

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Vissel Kobe form and stats

Vissel Kobe have played 4 J-League games at their own stadium so far this season, resulting in 0-1-3 (wins-draws-losses). The home team are struggling everywhere these days as they haven't won a league-game, regardless of being the home or the away team, in eleven attempts.

Times are rough for the home team, having gone 258 minutes without scoring a league goal. Yamaguchi was the last player to find the net.

Vissel Kobe lost their last game at Gamba Osaka (placed 12th) after a 0-2 scoreline.

This is expected to be a close game, with Vissel Kobe perhaps considered small favourites due to their home advantage. Looking back at earlier matches similar to this one (expected to be close with Vissel Kobe as a small favourite), we find 13 games. Vissel Kobe has won four of these, drawn five and lost four.

There's a new fixture coming up fairly quickly for Vissel Kobe, as the J-League home game vs Kawasaki Frontale is only four days away.

Vissel has huge difficulties finding the net and are scoring on average only once per two home matches in the league: 1 goal from 4 games. Vissel Kobe have conceded 6 from these games.

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Sagan Tosu form and stats

The visitors are W2-D4-L1 on the road this term. That's in the J-League. Momentum is building for Sagan Tosu in their away games, having won their two previous outings.

Two away matches in a row for Sagan, whose coach Kawai could celebrate last time after the win against Tokyo. The attacker Horigome got a match rating of 8.03 in that game. Horigome scored one goal and hit two key passes.

A draw for Sagan Tosu before that, at their own venue hosting Cerezo Osaka (1-1).

As mentioned above, this is an open game with no clear favourite. We have found ten similar matches played by Sagan Tosu in our archives, and the results are: two wins for Sagan Tosu, three draws and five defeats.

The schedule is very tough for Sagan now as they have to travel again shortly after this match. A Nabisco Cup game at Consadole Sapporo is waiting in only four days.

They concede less than a goal on average per away game (5 so far).

Head 2 Head

As for the last ten games between these two teams, there's six Vissel Kobe victories, three draws and one Sagan Tosu win. Over/under statistics; three of these games ended with three goals or more, seven matches with two goals or less.

Top Goalscorers

Sagan TosuY. Kakita
Y. Kakita
3 goals
Sagan TosuF. Honda
F. Honda
2 goals
Sagan TosuN. Fujita
N. Fujita
2 goals

Vissel Kobe missing players

Sagan Tosu missing players

Vissel Kobe Sagan Tosu
Total Home vs top Statistics Stat vs low Away Total
11 4 1 Played P 1 7 12
0 0 0 Won W 0 2 4
4 1 0 Drew D 1 4 7
7 3 1 Lost L 0 1 1
5 1 0 Scored S 1 7 15
18 6 2 Conceded C 1 5 7
82% 75% 100% Over 0.5 O 0.5 100% 57% 67%
73% 50% 100% Over 1.5 O 1.5 100% 43% 50%
27% 25% 0% Over 2.5 O 2.5 0% 29% 25%
27% 25% 0% Over 3.5 O 3.5 0% 29% 25%
0% 0% 0% Over 4.5 O 4.5 0% 14% 17%
36% 25% 0% BTTS BTTS 100% 43% 42%
18% 25% 0% Clean Sheets C S 0% 57% 58%
64% 75% 100% Failed to Score F T 0% 43% 33%
 
6.7 5.5 7 Corners for (avg) C F 3 5.7 5.7
5.5 4 5 Corners against (avg) C A 8 4 3.6
1 1 1 Yellow cards (avg) Y C 1 1.3 1
2 0 0 Red cards R C 0 0 0
 
10.5 8.8 10 Shots (avg) S ( 5 6.9 9
3.7 3 6 Shots on Target (avg) S O 3 2.7 3.1
12% 8% 0% Goal Efficiency G E 33% 37% 41%
 
13.1 10 10 Shots against (avg) S A 8 8.7 8.5
5.5 5 6 Shots on Target against (avg) S O 7 3.6 3.1
Key stats in J-League this season:
  • Sagan Tosu have played more matches over 2,5 goals away than home.
  • Sagan Tosu have scored at least twice as many goals as they have conceded.
  • Sagan Tosu have scored more than double the goals of Vissel Kobe.
  • Sagan Tosu have the most clean sheets (4) away in J-League
  • Sagan Tosu have the most clean sheets (7) in J-League
  • Sagan Tosu have the the best goal difference (+8) in J-League
  • Vissel Kobe have conceded at least twice as many goals as they have scored.
  • Vissel Kobe have the fewest points (1) at home in J-League
  • Vissel Kobe have the fewest scored goals (1) at home in J-League
  • Vissel Kobe have the fewest scored goals (5) in J-League
  • Vissel Kobe have the most conceded goals in the second half (12) in J-League
  • Vissel Kobe have the the worst goal difference (-13) in J-League
  • Vissel Kobe have won significantly less corners at home than away.
  • Vissel Kobe have yet to win a game.
  • Vissel Kobe is in the worst form (0-1-5)

  Total Home Away  
# Team MP W D L F A MP W D L F A MP W D L F A +/- P
1 Kashima Antlers 12 8 1 3 17 12 7 4 1 2 8 8 5 4 0 1 9 4 5 25
2 Kawasaki Frontale 11 7 2 2 17 12 5 4 0 1 6 5 6 3 2 1 11 7 5 23
3 Yokohama F. Marinos 11 6 3 2 19 12 7 5 2 0 14 6 4 1 1 2 5 6 7 21
4 Kashiwa Reysol 12 6 2 4 13 11 6 3 1 2 7 7 6 3 1 2 6 4 2 20
5 Sagan Tosu 12 4 7 1 15 7 5 2 3 0 8 2 7 2 4 1 7 5 8 19
6 Tokyo 12 5 3 4 11 11 6 3 2 1 7 3 6 2 1 3 4 8 0 18
7 Sanfrecce Hiroshima 12 4 5 3 15 12 7 3 2 2 8 5 5 1 3 1 7 7 3 17
8 Cerezo Osaka 12 4 5 3 16 14 6 1 2 3 5 9 6 3 3 0 11 5 2 17
9 Consadole Sapporo 12 3 8 1 10 11 6 2 4 0 5 3 6 1 4 1 5 8 -1 17
10 Kyoto Sanga 12 4 4 4 14 13 6 2 1 3 6 8 6 2 3 1 8 5 1 16
11 Avispa Fukuoka 12 3 6 3 10 7 7 1 5 1 6 3 5 2 1 2 4 4 3 15
12 Gamba Osaka 12 3 5 4 14 15 7 2 2 3 10 10 5 1 3 1 4 5 -1 14
13 Shimizu S-Pulse 12 2 6 4 13 16 6 0 4 2 5 9 6 2 2 2 8 7 -3 12
14 Urawa Reds 11 2 5 4 11 10 5 2 2 1 9 5 6 0 3 3 2 5 1 11
15 Nagoya Grampus 12 2 5 5 10 14 6 2 3 1 7 6 6 0 2 4 3 8 -4 11
16 Júbilo Iwata 12 2 5 5 15 20 5 1 3 1 7 7 7 1 2 4 8 13 -5 11
17 Shonan Bellmare 12 1 4 7 6 16 5 0 2 3 2 8 7 1 2 4 4 8 -10 7
18 Vissel Kobe 11 0 4 7 5 18 4 0 1 3 1 6 7 0 3 4 4 12 -13 4