Sanfrecce Hiroshima vs Kashima Antlers
AFC Champions League
Date: Tuesday, 25 June 2019
Kick-off at 11:00 UK/ 12:00 CET
Venue: Edion Stadium Hiroshima (Hiroshima).
Defending champions Antlers began on the right note, after winning the first leg of the tie, at home. They had been dealt a tough draw, as against expectations they finished second in the group, and had to take on champions of Group F, Hiroshima.
But Kashima showed their mettle in grinding out a 1-0 win at home. More than the win, the avoidance of away goals would be considered an advantage.
The second leg will surely be a harrowing experience, but for now, the Antlers have the upper hand.
Both teams are fellow competitors in the Japanese J1 League and are familiar to the tricks and weaknesses of each other. The current league standings put the hosts of this tie in the mid-table, while their counterparts have carved a space in the top tier.
Sanfrecce Hiroshima vs Kashima Antlers Head-to-head (h2h)
- Nine of the last eleven wins went to Kashima.
- Hiroshima failed to score in the last two fixtures.
- At this venue, the Antlers are on a scoring streak of five matches.
- Hiroshima lost four of the last five meetings at their home.
Sanfrecce Hiroshima vs Kashima Antlers Prediction
Kashima has the confidence of being the defending champions of this prestigious competition, and also they are placed much higher in the J1 League, than their opponents. On top of that, they were unbeaten in six of their last seven games and won five of them as well.
On the road, they were unbeaten in 15 of their last 21 attempts, and importantly, they won the first leg and kept a clean sheet too.
As such, they have avoided conceding away goals, and lead in the aggregate. This translates to Hiroshima being under pressure, as they have no option but to attack at some point, whereas the visitors could afford to sit back and defend.
Moreover, Kashima recorded nine of the last eleven h2h wins, and are on a scoring streak at this venue in the last five meetings, recording three or more goals in three of the last five. The chances of them losing this game are very low.
Regarding goals, Hiroshima does have the home advantage, and scored two or more goals in three of their last five ties, and won six of their last nine home fixtures too. Finally, the Antlers failed to keep their nets clean in 11 of their last 12 games on the road.
By all means, we can expect goals at either end of the pitch this Tuesday.
Sanfrecce Hiroshima vs Kashima Antlers Betting Tips
Double Chance: Kashima Antlers or Draw @ 1.90 (9/10)
Both Teams to Score @ 2.20 (6/5).