Sanfrecce Hiroshima vs Kashima Antlers
Japan – J. League
Date: Sunday, 23 February 2020
Kick-off at 05:00 UK/ 06:00 CET
Venue: Edion Stadium Hiroshima (Hiroshima).
After the dramatic AFC Champions League tie between the two teams last season, it’s sure that sparks will fly at both ends this Sunday.
Especially with the ground being the home of Hiroshima (who were eliminated in the Round of 16 tie), the crowd will not be satisfied with anything other than a win.
Seems like a perfect recipe for a goal-fest.
Sanfrecce Hiroshima vs Kashima Antlers Head-to-head (h2h)
- Three of the former four wins had gone to Hiroshima.
- Two of the last three games had goals from both teams, and over 2.5 goals as well.
- It’s been three years since the hosts have lost at this stadium.
- Four of the previous five games at this ground had goals from both teams, and four or more goals as well.
- Seven of the previous eleven overall h2h wins had gone to the teams that had home advantage.
Sanfrecce Hiroshima vs Kashima Antlers Prediction
Hiroshima had ended their last league campaign with a 1-0 win at home, over Vegalta Sendai. It was a perfect depiction of the team’s home form. Despite their occasional struggles on the road, the squad has always been dominating at home.
Meanwhile, Kashima had concluded their league run on the road, with a 0-1 win over Nagoya. While the team did manage a win, it was not something to be too proud of. The sole goal of the game was an own goal, and it indicated the inconsistency of Kashima towards the end of the season.
As per pre-season stats, the Antlers still have not got back into their groove. They have lost three of their last four overall fixtures, and were winless in nine of their previous fourteen games. Keep note that they were also winless in five of their last seven fixtures away from home.
On the other hand, Hiroshima have been unbeaten at home since May of last year, and even from February 2019, they have lost just thrice at this venue. Moreover, 7 of the past 11 overall h2h wins had since 2017. Likely, expect a winning performance from Hiroshima this Sunday.
However, do note that Kashima had managed to eliminate this rival in their CL tie last season, and had finished third in the table – three positions above Hiroshima. Moreover, both teams will want to start their season on a winning note, and Hiroshima will have revenge in their mind as well.
In addition, two of the last three overall h2h clashes had over 2.5 goals, and four of the prior five at this venue had four or more goals. Taking into account all these observations, it’s estimated that we are in line for a high-scoring thriller.
Sanfrecce Hiroshima vs Kashima Antlers Betting Tips
Over 2.5 Match Goals @ 2.00 (1/1)
Draw No Bet: Sanfrecce Hiroshima @ 1.70 (7/10).