Sanfrecce Hiroshima aims for a win

Sanfrecce Hiroshima aims for a win

Sanfrecce Hiroshima is aiming to end their winless run, as they go against Albirex Niigata, who is also wishing to return to winning ways. These two teams are far from each other in the league table as Sanfrecce sits at the sixth. Meanwhile, Niigata is at the at the 15th of the league table with 18 points, just six points above the drop zone. Both teams are without a win in their last three matches in all contest, making them eager to win here. With that, expect Sanfrecce and Niigata to be at their best in this match, since they can no longer afford to lose more matches. This meeting will be on July 1, 2023, at 5:00 PM (GMT+8), with Niigata welcoming Sanfrecce.

These two teams meet each other for the 30th time across all contests, with the visitors leading the contest. The visitors were able to score 15 wins from those matches, while the hosts only have five wins. Meanwhile, the remaining 10 matches all ended in draw, higher than the wins for the hosts. However, during their last meeting, it was the hosts who took a 2-1 win, ending their winless run. Additionally, they are also doing well at home, winning three of their four victories at home. As for the visitors, they failed to keep a clean sheet in their last three matches across all contest. Moreover, they are not doing well on the road, as four of their seven loss are coming from their away games.

Sanfrecce Hiroshima

J1 League: Sanfrecce Hiroshima
Photo courtesy of Agence Shot

Sanfrecce is currently sitting at the sixth of the league table with 29 points across their names. Although a win in this match would only retain their spots in the league table, they need maximum points to retain their spots. Additionally, if they cannot win here, it will not be good for them, as they cannot have the winning momentum. They have yet to record a single win in their last three matches across all competitions. Sanfrecce looks to be having a bad run in their season, after starting their J1 League season strong. They are coming from a 1-0 loss against Yokohama F. Marinos, extending their winless run in their campaign. The current format of this match will not be helpful for Sanfrecce, considering their results on the road. Four of their seven defeats in the contests all come on the road, making their win here a doubt.

Sanfrecce have some injury concerns coming into this match with Makoto Mitsuta is unavailable here due to a cruciate ligament. Pieros Sotiriou on the other hand is unavailable here due to a thigh strain.

Albirex Niigata

J1 League: Albirex Niigata
Photo courtesy of Leo Shengwei

Niigata on the other hand have been struggling all season, which puts them to where they are now in the league table. This squad sits at the 15th of the league table with 18 points, just three places above the drop zone. A win in this match will give make them climb at the 12th of the league table with 21 points across their names. Despite their current place in the league table, they remain to be optimistic of their chances to avoid a drop. However, if they want to really avoid the drop zone, they need to make sure that they would win in this match. They are with just six points lead with the team at the relegation zone, making this match a must-win for them. However, it is just unfortunate that they are also in a three-game winless run, which could have been helpful for them.

Just like their opponents, Niigata also have injury concerns coming into this match, as Ota and Michael Fitzgerald are all out here. Meanwhile, Yoshiaki Takagi was able to overcome his injury concern, which may make him available here.

Prediction:

Sanfrecce Hiroshima (2.5)
Odds: 0.84

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