Shimizu S-Pulse vs Vissel Kobe Prediction & Match Preview

Shimizu S-Pulse vs Vissel Kobe
Japan – J. League
Date: Saturday, 6 July 2019
Kick-off at 10:00 UK/ 11:00 CET
Venue: IAI Stadium Nihondaira (Shizuoka).

Shimizu had their impressive run broken off the last match-day by relegation-battler Sagan Tosu. The latter was on a losing run prior to the game, but that did not prevent them from inflicting a defeat upon their counterparts, who in fact, was right in the midst of their unbeaten streak.

The team definitely will have to improve their defense if they are to make any kind of impact in the league. At the moment, they have conceded the most number of goals in the competition.

Opponents Kobe will not make things easy either. They are currently going through their own unbeaten run, and just completed a massive win over Nagoya, which was practically a goal-fest. In the eight-goal thriller, the victors put five past the opponents’ post.

Shimizu S-Pulse vs Vissel Kobe Head-to-head (h2h)

  • Ten of the last eleven wins went to the teams on road.
  • 13 of the last 16 matches had goals from both sides.
  • The last Kobe lost at this venue was nine years back.
  • Five of the last seven games at this stadium had either squad on the scoresheet.

Shimizu S-Pulse vs Vissel Kobe Prediction

Kobe is unbeaten in their last five games and won three of them as well. They are on the rise from the lower strata of the table and have built commendable momentum. The squad would definitely put everything on the pitch to see their objective through.

It’s true they were facing some problems earlier in the season, both at home and on the road. But now, it seems to be a thing of the past.

Going on, S-Pulse was winless in eight of their last twelve fixtures and conceded four in their last game alone. The group also let in two or more goals in their last five home ties.

Importantly, Kobe has vastly superior h2h stats against this opponent. They have been unbeaten at this venue in the last nine years, and on a regular basis, the road team has had the upper hand, with 13 of the last 16 wins going to them. Also, before the draw that took place the last time these two locked horns here, Vissel was on a three-match winning streak. As such, expect a victory for Andres Iniesta’s group.

But they may find it hard to keep a clean sheet though. They had failed to do so in 18 of their last 20 away ties, and let in two or more goals in their last two match-ups. Importantly, 13 of the last 16 overall h2h fixtures and five of the last seven at this venue had goals at either end of the pitch. It’s only logical to expect the same to happen this weekend.

Shimizu S-Pulse vs Vissel Kobe Betting Tips

  • Vissel Kobe to Win @ 2.57.
  • Both Teams to Score @ 1.50.