Shimizu S-Pulse vs Vegalta Sendai in the J2 League Japan: Football prediction, expert analysis, Asian handicap odds, and statistical analysis of the match.
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Football prediction for Shimizu S-Pulse vs Vegalta Sendai
Last weekend, Shimizu S-Pulse won their first game of the new season by beating Tokyo Verdy 2-1. This victory means a lot to coach Akiba and his team, who were heavily criticized for their poor performance in the previous 7 games, leaving them at the bottom of the table despite their high ranking.
Continuing their winning momentum, Shimizu S-Pulse aims to secure 3 points against Vegalta Sendai at home in their 9th match this afternoon. In terms of form, Vegalta Sendai is playing better with an unbeaten streak of 5 away games. However, Shimizu S-Pulse still receives positive attention from the football community and the Asian Handicap odds of 1/2 are not too difficult to overcome.
Recall that Shimizu S-Pulse was relegated this season, and they have more experience in the opening game than Sendai. In addition, Shimizu S-Pulse's superiority is also demonstrated through their previous encounters. The statistics show that in the last 4 matches, Shimizu S-Pulse won all of them. Furthermore, in the last 11 games at home against Sendai in the J-League, Shimizu S-Pulse only lost 3 times and won 7 times.
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Prediction: Shimizu S-Pulse
First half prediction for Shimizu S-Pulse vs Vegalta Sendai
In the J2 League Japan, there have been 9 goals scored in the first 45 minutes of the host team's last 4 rounds. For the away team, in Sendai's last 5 matches, 8 goals were scored before halftime. In particular, in the last 5 encounters between the two teams, 9 goals were scored before the break. Therefore, there is a high chance that there will be at least one goal in the first half.
Prediction: At least 1 goal in the first half
Total goals prediction for Shimizu S-Pulse vs Vegalta Sendai
In the last 4 encounters between the two teams, there have been a total of 20 goals scored, with at least 3 goals in each of the 4 matches at Shimizu S-Pulse's home stadium. 3 out of the last 4 home games for Shimizu S-Pulse had more than 3 goals, and 4 out of the last 5 away games for Sendai ended with a similar result. These are grounds to believe that there will be at least 3 goals in this game.
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Prediction: Over 2.5 goals
Based on the team lineup and recent performances, I predict that Shimizu S-Pulse will win the match against Vegalta Sendai with a score of 2-1.
Expected lineups: Shimizu S-Pulse: Nagai, Kishimoto, Tatsuta, Ibayashi, Yamahara, Nakayama, Goto, Takeuchi, Naruoka, Disaro, Santana. Vegalta Sendai: Hayashi, Mase, Koide, Wakasa, Fukumori, Goke, Ewerton, Matsushita, Akiyama, Kida, Yamada