Kashima Antlers to recover from defeat

Kashima Antlers to recover from defeat

Kashima Antlers is looking to bounce back from their recent defeat as they have an encounter with Kyoto Sanga in this match. There are six places that separates these two teams in the league table with Kashima sitting at the seventh with 28 points. Meanwhile, Sanga is sitting at the 13th of the league table with 19 points across their names. Considering these teams’ current run, both remain hopeful that they could put an end to their misfortunes. Moreover, as Kashima aims to bounce back in this match, things might be difficult for them here. Sanga is a team eager to escape the drop zone, and are now attempting to establish a huge gap in the drop zone. This meeting will be hosted by Kashima on July 1, 2023, at 5:00 PM (GMT+8).

These two teams have only shared 12 meetings across all contests, with the hosts boosting a huge advantage. They won eight of those meetings, while the visitors recorded two wins, and the remaining two ended in draw. Moreover, the hosts are also doing well in their last four matches, going undefeated in these matches. However, this season, the hosts scored only 24 goals, the second-lowest in the contest. On the other hand, the visitors failed to keep a clean sheet in their last four games in the league. Additionally, they recorded 11 loss in the league this season, being one of the highest loss record this season.

Kashima Antlers

J1 League: Kashima Antlers
Photo courtesy of Kyodo

Kashima actually had a poor start this season, failing to keep their momentum going. Fortunately though, they were able to pick themselves up, and slowly climb up in the league table with their wins. However, it is just unfortunate that they were not able to continue that run, losing in their previous match. They suffered a 2-1 loss against Gamba Osaka, making them hungry for win here. On that match, Kashima actually have a two-goal deficit, until Naomichi Ueda scored a goal for them. A win in this match could make them climb at the sixth of the league table with 31 points, which they are aiming for. Coming into this game, Kashima hopes to resume their good form, which is what they need to win this crucial match. It is just unfortunate that their loss on their previous match ended their 12-game unbeaten run.

A knock on their previous match kept Yuki Kakita out from their loss against Gamba Osaka, which also puts him a doubt in this match. Yuma Suzuki on the other hand will continue to be a threat for Kashima, as he is one of their goal provider.

Kyoto Sanga

J1 League: Kyoto Sanga
Photo courtesy of Kyoto Shimbun

Sanga on the other hand is a team who have been struggling all season, considering their current place in the league table. They are currently at the 13th of the league table with 19 points, and a win in this match will be huge for them. If Sanga is fortunate to earn the maximum points, they would climb at the 12th of the league table with 22 points. Fortunately though that on their last two matches, they were able to pick up important points. On their last match, they were able to have a 2-1 comeback win against Yokohama FC, giving them confidence in this match. It was Shogo Asada, and Patric who helped Sanga secure the win on their last match. That win is an important one, as it helped them to somehow go far from the drop zone.

Fortunately for Sanga, they have Kosuke Kinoshita, who was able to recover from his injury worry, so they can expect him to rely on him.

Prediction:

Kashima Antlers (2.5)
Odds: -0.92

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