Sanfrecce Hiroshima- Vegalta Sendai
Four straight wins in all competitions for Sanfrecce Hiroshima, through which they have scored ten goals , two or more in each. They are up to fourth in the table and with the top two meeting in Saitama, they have a great opportunity to close in on one, or both with a fourth straight home win over Vegalta, who are without a win in six, including losing their last four.
Last weekend I previewed Sanfreece's home match with SSP.....I feel a visit to Hiroshima where the hosts have scored six road goals in the last week, including two at highflying FC Tokyo, who were previously unbeaten and who have scored 11 in the last four h2h meetings is the last thing they need right now. Tactically, Sanfrecce were spot on in the capital, took huge confidence from that and having followed up in midweek, want to now reproduce those performances in front of their home supporters who have been very loyal through a difficult start to the season.
They won 2-0 and have since followed up at Yokohama and are strongly favoured to win this. After consecutive J-League titles they came up short last year, claiming to have been exhausted by the schedule, with two demanding Champions League campaigns, no such worries this year and they are very committed to another domestic title. They have shared the goals around this season, but the two main front men, Douglas and Sato both scored in midweek and look to be developing a potent understanding, Sato is a veteran now , but has been one of the most prolific J-L strikers for more than a decade and like most front men, tends to be very streaky and one goal usually follows another. With Vegalta struggling on the road , defensively and in this fixture and with probably the quick turnaround, they look up against it today and with two home games next week, their focus could quickly switch to those if and when they fall behind today.
Sanfrecce Hiroshima -0.75 goals 1.98 asian line/ Sportmarket.