Cerezo Osaka pushes for top three

Cerezo Osaka pushes for top three

Cerezo Osaka is looking to push their luck to climb to the top three with a win against Avispa Fukuoka, who aims to go back on winning ways. Considering their current results, both Cerezo and Avispa are desperate for wins. In the league table, Cerezo is at the fifth spot with 32 points, and a win here would make them enter the top three. They are three points behind the team at the third, making them eager to win in this match. Meanwhile, Avispa is at the 12th of the league table, at the bottom-half of the league table with 20 points. However, they are not doing well recently, making them eager to return to winning ways here. The meeting between Cerezo and Avispa will be on June 30, 2023, at 6:00 PM (GMT+8), with Cerezo playing as hosts.

These two teams have squared-off for 46 times already across all competitions, with their first meeting started in 1993. From those meetings, it was the hosts who has an upper hand, winning 26 matches, as opposed to the visitor’s 10. However, during their last meeting, it was the visitors who recorded a 2-1 win in February. Despite that win in their reverse fixture, the visitors does not have a good momentum here, as they are winless in their last seven league games. As for the hosts, they have the good momentum coming into this game. In fact, they have won five of their last six matches in the league, giving them a boost of confidence here.

Cerezo Osaka

J1 League: Cerezo Osaka
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Cerezo are currently with a good momentum as they were able to win their last two league games. On their last match, they were able to record a 4-1 win against Consadole Sapporo. That win made them sit at the fifth of the league table with 32 points. A win in this match would get them a spot in the top three, which is their goal for this match. It is not impossible though because from their five wins of their last six matches in the league, they have three clean sheets. Moreover, in four of their last five games, they were able to score at least two goals. Additionally, when going against Avispa, they also have a good momentum, losing only once when playing at home. Considering the format of this match, it looks like this squad has a strong advantage.

Unfortunately, Hiroshi Kiyotake, Kim Jin-hyeon, and Riku Matsuda are all sidelined for this match due to their injuries. However, they still have Leonardo de Sousa Pereira who will likely lead this squad when it comes to attacks.

Avispa Fukuoka

J1 League: Avispa Fukuoka

Avispa on the other hand is not doing well on their recent match, a record they want to end here. They have yet to record a win in their last seven games, making them eager to return to winning ways. Additionally, it seems like away matches does not work in favor of Avispa, as they are also winless in their away matches in the league. In fact, in their last five away matches, they conceded at least two goals. Coming into this match, they are from a 3-0 loss against Vissel Kobe, making them drop at the 12th of the league table. If they are lucky to return to winning ways in this match, they could climb to the 11th of the league table with 23 points. Fortunately, they can build from their win against Cerezo on their last meeting.

Avispa would rely on Wellington for this match, as he is considered to be this team’s main threat, especially in front of the goal. With that, it is expected that he will start in this match to lead his squad.


Cerezo Osaka (2.0)
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