Kashima Antlers vs Sanfrecce Hiroshima
AFC Champions League
Date: Tuesday, 18 June 2019
Kick-off at 11:00 UK/ 12:00 CET
Venue: Kashima Soccer Stadium (Kashima).
Kashima got their first taste at continental glory last season and will want to keep their momentum going with them defending the title. In the Round of 16, they are pitted against Hiroshima, and with the threat of a second leg looming on the road, the team surely will want a good showing in this fixture.
Despite them having the last years’ winners’ medal in their kitty, the Antlers failed to top their group, facing intense competition from the likes of Shandong Luneng, and Gyeongnam FC. Meanwhile, counterparts Hiroshima blasted away opponents in Group F and took the pole position with a five-point lead at the top.
They won five of their six group games and lost just a single one, which was on the road. With the chance to examine their mettle against champions, Hiroshima considers this challenge as an opportunity to test waters before the serious business begins.
Kashima Antlers vs Sanfrecce Hiroshima Head-to-head (h2h)
- Hiroshima won two of the last three games.
- But, Kashima recorded eight of the last ten wins.
- Four of the last five wins at this venue went to the hosts.
- In the last 13 years, Hiroshima has recorded just three wins away from home.
Kashima Antlers vs Sanfrecce Hiroshima Prediction
The Antlers definitely has the advantage of the backing of the home crowd and will want to make full use of it, considering the second leg would be on the road for them. Importantly, the team has lost just thrice at this venue against this opponent in the last thirteen years.
Also, they registered eight of the last ten h2h wins, and at home, they are on a four-game winning streak, with two or more goals in all of them. Going on, they also recorded eight wins from their last nine home-ties, whereas Hiroshima lost three of their last five away games, and has struggled to return wins at this stadium.
As such, expect the defending champions to post a win on the board, but not without some collateral damage. They are taking on a group winner, who won five of their six matches in the stage and recorded the last two h2h wins. Moreover, the visitors realize the importance of scoring here even if they go on to lose.
Finally, Kashima has not been able to keep a clean sheet in three of their last four fixtures and conceded three goals in their last h2h loss. By all means, expect both teams to find the back of the net this Tuesday.
Kashima Antlers vs Sanfrecce Hiroshima Betting Tips
Kashima Antlers to Win @ 1.83 (5/6)
Both Teams to Score @ 1.90 (9/10).