Yokohama FM to retain top spot

Yokohama FM to retain top spot

Yokohama FM is looking to retain the top spot of the contest with a win against Sanfrecce Hiroshima, and have a better lead with the team at the second. Sanfrecce on the other hand is hoping to inch closer to the top three of the league. While Yokohama is likely to secure their spots in the AFC Champions League, Sanfrecce is hoping to be at a striking distance. Additionally, in the league table, Yokohama is in the top spot, while Sanfrecce is sitting at the fifth. Yokohama is looking to build from their win on their last match, while Sanfrecce is aiming to bounce back from their loss. This match will be on June 24, 2023, at 6:00 AM (GMT+8), with Sanfrecce as hosts.

These two teams have shared 101 meetings across all competitions with their first meeting in their history is in 1979. From those matches, the visitors are doing well, having an advantage, winning 57 matches. The hosts on the other hand have won 31 matches, while the remaining games ended in draws. However, the hosts are actually doing well in their recent matches. In fact, they are unbeaten in their last three matches against the visitors, where they gain confidence from. As for the visitors, they have four wins across all competitions coming into this game. Additionally, they are doing well on the road, winning four of their last five league away matches.

Yokohama FM

J1 League: Yokohama FM
Photo courtesy of KYODO

Yokohama is a team who recently climbed the top of the league table, with 36 points due to their win on their last matches. It was a 4-3 win for them, as they won over Kashiwa Reysol in a narrow win. Nonetheless, they were still able to score a win on their previous match, which is a crucial win for them. On that match, it was Anderson Lopes, and Sachiro Toshima’s goals that helped Yokohama to score the win. This is followed by their dominating 6-1 win against Sagan Tosu in the J League Cup, boosting their confidence here. Yokohama last lost in April, and have won their last four games ion the league, giving them confidence here.

Unfortunately, Yokohama will be without Katsuya Nagato, who received two yellow cards in their win on their last meeting. Moreover, Ryuta Koike, Ryotaro Tsunoda, and Hiroki Iikura are also absentees for this match, due to their injuries.

Sanfrecce Hiroshima

J1 League: Sanfrecce Hiroshima

Sanfrecce is a team who sits at the fifth of the league table with 29 points, and a win in this match will be huge for them. Although they could only climb to the fourth, it will bring them closer to the top three of the league table. It is just unfortunate that they are coming into this match from a 1-0 loss against Kawasaki Frontale in their previous match. After that loss, they also succumbed to Nagoya Grampus, which is unfortunate for them. Considering their current results, they do not have a good momentum coming into this game. However, they want to finally end this winless run, to inch closer for a spot in the AFC Champions League. In doing so, they need to address their issues and go all-out in this match to avoid their struggles.

Makoto Mitsuta, and Pieros Sotiriou are both expected to be sidelined in this match, following their respective injuries. Additionally, Nassim Ben Khalifa, will be brought in this match, with hopes of improving their attacks.

Prediction:

Yokohama FM (1.5)
Odds: -0.87

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