J2-League duel: Close contest expected between Mito Hollyhock and Albirex Niigata

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Competition: Japan J2-League
Competition: Sun 18.October
Match begins: 05:00 (UTC)
Venue: K's denki Stadium Mito (10152 seats)

Mito Hollyhock will hope to utilise their home advantage to help bridge the gap to today’s opponents. The home side are currently 5 points behind Albirex Niigata.

It’s busy days for these teams as both were in action only a few days ago. There’s no rest for the wicked, or in this case; no rest for Mito Hollyhock and Albirex Niigata.

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Mito Hollyhock form and stats

4-4-5 (win-draw-lost) are the J2-League numbers at home for Mito Hollyhock, who have the most scored goals (45) in J2-League, so far this season.

An away draw last time out for Hollyhock, facing Matsumoto Yamaga in a game that ended 2-2. In the preceding match a 5-1 victory visiting JEF United.

No victory last time out for Hollyhock, but the draw 2-2 felt nice for M. Nakayama who came on as a substitute in the 46th minute and scored two goals.

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

The match schedule is unforgiving for Mito Hollyhock as they have a new game in only three days, a J2-League match thankfully also at home. Montedio Yamagata are visiting.

The Mito Hollyhock fans have had their share of opportunities to cheer home goals this season, having seen 22 goals in 13 league matches. With more than 1,5 conceded goals on average, the Hollyhock defense is not exactly impregnable. 21 goals conceded from 13 games. You can find more goal stats on the Statistics tab above.

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Albirex Niigata form and stats

5-5-2 is the win-draw-loss statistic for Albirex Niigata in their J2-League matches away. Winning streaks in away matches are not that common, but Albirex Niigata are close to a proper streak after winning their two previous away games.

Albirex Niigata might have something to prove in this game as they lost at home in their previous match. Avispa Fukuoka proved too strong as Albirex Niigata slumped to a 1-2 defeat in front of their own fans at Denka Big Swan Stadium. Ahead of that match was the victory versus Kyoto Sanga at their stadium, the result 2-1.

So, this is expected to be a close game, an even contest. Looking at earlier matches with Albirex Niigata playing away and similar expectations, we found 13 relevant matches. Results were four Albirex wins, five draws and four defeats.

A quick return to home after this game, as Albirex Niigata are hosting Fagiano Okayama in the J2-League only three days away.

Albirex Niigata has displayed an ability to score goals in away matches in the league this season, 18 goals from 12 games. Albirex Niigata have conceded 12 goals in these away matches. There's been improvement defensively lately, as only 1 of these goals has been conceded in their last 3 away matches.

Head 2 Head

This is the result when the teams met earlier this season; Albirex Niigata - Mito Hollyhock 1-0. H2H stats regardless of arena (last five matches): Mito Hollyhock zero wins, two draws and Albirex Niigata three victories. As for goals, one match ended with three or more goals (over 2,5), four games had two or less.

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Mito Hollyhock Albirex Niigata
Total Home vs top Statistics Stat vs mid Away Total
26 13 3 Played P 3 12 26
9 4 0 Won W 1 5 10
8 4 1 Drew D 2 5 10
9 5 2 Lost L 0 2 6
45 22 4 Scored S 5 18 38
38 21 7 Conceded C 4 12 30
88% 85% 100% Over 0.5 O 0.5 67% 83% 92%
81% 85% 100% Over 1.5 O 1.5 67% 58% 65%
73% 77% 67% Over 2.5 O 2.5 67% 50% 46%
50% 54% 67% Over 3.5 O 3.5 33% 25% 27%
19% 23% 33% Over 4.5 O 4.5 33% 17% 12%
65% 62% 67% BTTS BTTS 67% 50% 58%
23% 23% 0% Clean Sheets C S 33% 42% 35%
23% 31% 33% Failed to Score F T 33% 25% 15%
 
0 0 0 Corners for (avg) C F 0 0 0
0 0 0 Corners against (avg) C A 0 0 0
0.9 1.1 0.5 Yellow cards (avg) Y C 1 1.1 1
0 0 0 Red cards R C 0 0 1
 
299 157 25 Total Shots T S 29 133 291
136 66 11 Shots on Target S O 11 55 107
32% 30% 18% Goal Efficiency G E 45% 33% 36%
Key stats in J2-League this season:
  • Albirex Niigata have played more matches over 2,5 goals away than home.
  • Mito Hollyhock has the fewest matches under the total-line (6) in J2-League
  • Mito Hollyhock has the most dropped points from leading position (19) in J2-League
  • Mito Hollyhock has the most matches over the total-line (19) in J2-League
  • Mito Hollyhock has the most scored goals (45) in J2-League
  • Mito Hollyhock have played more matches over 2,5 goals home than away.

  Total Home Away  
# Team MP W D L F A MP W D L F A MP W D L F A +/- P
1 Tokushima Vortis 27 15 7 5 41 21 14 6 5 3 20 9 13 9 2 2 21 12 20 52
2 Avispa Fukuoka 26 16 4 6 32 20 13 7 2 4 15 11 13 9 2 2 17 9 12 52
3 Giravanz Kitakyushu 27 14 5 8 39 30 14 8 3 3 20 14 13 6 2 5 19 16 9 47
4 V-Varen Nagasaki 27 13 8 6 36 29 12 8 2 2 17 9 15 5 6 4 19 20 7 47
5 Ventforet Kofu 27 10 12 5 36 31 14 7 5 2 19 14 13 3 7 3 17 17 5 42
6 Albirex Niigata 26 10 10 6 38 30 14 5 5 4 20 18 12 5 5 2 18 12 8 40
7 Tokyo Verdy 27 10 9 8 33 25 13 5 4 4 16 11 14 5 5 4 17 14 8 39
8 Zweigen Kanazawa 26 10 8 8 40 36 13 5 5 3 18 15 13 5 3 5 22 21 4 38
9 Kyoto Sanga 26 10 8 8 31 30 11 7 2 2 20 13 15 3 6 6 11 17 1 38
10 Mito Hollyhock 26 9 8 9 45 38 13 4 4 5 22 21 13 5 4 4 23 17 7 35
11 Montedio Yamagata 26 9 8 9 30 26 13 5 3 5 16 15 13 4 5 4 14 11 4 35
12 Machida Zelvia 27 8 11 8 29 30 14 4 8 2 18 12 13 4 3 6 11 18 -1 35
13 Tochigi 27 9 8 10 22 23 13 3 5 5 9 10 14 6 3 5 13 13 -1 35
14 Júbilo Iwata 26 8 10 8 34 30 14 6 4 4 23 15 12 2 6 4 11 15 4 34
15 Omiya Ardija 26 9 7 10 24 30 13 5 5 3 13 12 13 4 2 7 11 18 -6 34
16 JEF United 27 9 5 13 29 32 14 3 3 8 14 21 13 6 2 5 15 11 -3 32
17 Fagiano Okayama 26 8 8 10 22 25 15 5 4 6 14 15 11 3 4 4 8 10 -3 32
18 Ryukyu 27 7 6 14 35 44 13 3 4 6 19 20 14 4 2 8 16 24 -9 27
19 ThespaKusatsu Gunma 26 8 2 16 21 43 13 3 1 9 9 25 13 5 1 7 12 18 -22 26
20 Matsumoto Yamaga 27 5 10 12 26 42 12 3 4 5 12 19 15 2 6 7 14 23 -16 25
21 Renofa Yamaguchi 26 6 5 15 31 47 12 5 1 6 16 17 14 1 4 9 15 30 -16 23
22 Ehime 26 5 7 14 23 35 14 2 4 8 11 20 12 3 3 6 12 15 -12 22