Sanfrecce Hiroshima and Nagoya Grampus will battle for three points in the J1 League on Sunday.
The hosts enter the game after a 2-0 away win over Consadole Sapporo on Saturday. Sho Sasaki and Douglas Vieira scored in both halves and gave the visitors all three points.
Nagoya Grampus secured a narrow 1-0 victory over Oita Trinita at home. Sho Inagaki scored in the eighth minute which turned out to be the match winner.
That win helped Grampus hold onto third in the table, with 57 points from 31 games. Sanfrecce Hiroshima’s 42 points are good enough for 10th place.
Sanfrecce Hiroshima vs Nagoya Grampus Head-to-Head
The two sides have clashed 34 times in the past and Nagoya Grampus has a better record with 12 wins to their name.
The two sides shared the loot 11 times, while Hiroshima was victorious in 11 games.
Their most recent encounter was in April when Yuichi Maruyama’s first-half goal gave Nagoya Grampus a 1-0 home win.
The hosts have won two and have drawn a draw from their last five games. Grampus is one of the form teams in the league and currently has an unbeaten run of 12 games.
Sanfrecce Hiroshima Form Guide: WLWLD
Nagoya Grampus Form Guide: WDWWW
Sanfrecce Hiroshima vs Nagoya Grampus Team News
Shun Ayukawa (metatarsal), Douglas Vieira (thigh) and Ryo Nagai (ankle) have both been sidelined due to injuries.
injuries: Shun Ayukawa, Douglas Vieira, Ryo Nagaic
Yuichi Maruyama is the only injury care for the visitors with a cruciate ligament injury.
Injury: Yuichi Maruyama
Sanfrecce Hiroshima vs Nagoya Grampus Predicted XI
Sanfrecce Hiroshima Predicted XI (3-4-3): Takuto Hayashi (GK); Sho Sasaki, Hayato Araki, Yuki Nogami; Shunki Higashi, Toshihiro Aoyama, Rhayner, Tomoya Fujii; Kosei Shibasaki, Ezequiel, Junior Santos
Nagoya Grampus Predicted XI (4-2-3-1): Mitchell Langerak (GK); Yutaka Yoshida, Min-Tae Kim, Shinnosuke Nakatani, Kazuya Miyahara; Kazuki Nagasawa, Sho Inagaki; Ryoya Morishita, Naoki Maeda, Mateus dos Santos; Jakub Swierczok
Sanfrecce Hiroshima vs Nagoya Grampus Prediction
The two teams have almost similar ancestry, although Nagoya Grampus has been much more consistent this season. Home advantage could also play a part in Sanfrecce Hiroshima’s favor and both sides will appreciate their chances of victory.
Both teams are likely to play on the front foot due to their origins and goals can be scored on either side. However, we support Nagoya Grampus to continue their good run with a win.
Forecast: Sanfrecee Hiroshima 1-2 Nagoya Grampus
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