Albirex Niigata vs. Yokohama FC
Denka Big Swan Stadium, Niigata.
23.09.23 at 08:00
Albirex Niigata welcomes Yokohama FC to the Denka Big Swan Stadium in the 28th round of the J1 League.
Yokohama FC have won two consecutive matches in this fixture and will be hoping to add to their tally with a third consecutive victory.
Let's have a look at the latest J1 League predictions between Albirex Niigata vs. Yokohama FC, probable lineups, match facts and betting odds for you to consider!
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Niigata's recent match against Gamba Osaka saw them salvage a point in a 1-1 draw courtesy of Shunsuke Mito's late equalizer. This comes after a 1-1 draw against the Urawa Red Diamonds before the international break, where their performance in that match was top-notch.
Despite maintaining a two-match unbeaten run in the league, they still find themselves struggling for consistency. In five of their matches played, they have accumulated six points, from three draws, a loss, and a win. However, it's also worth mentioning that this poor run resulted in a defeat against Kawasaki Frontale in the Emperor's Cup quarterfinal, where they lost 4-3 on penalties after playing out a 2-2 draw.
Although they are currently on a two-match unbeaten run at the Denka Big Swan Stadium, picking draws against Shonan Bellmare and Urawa Red Diamonds, their form has not been convincing, to say the least. A 2-0 win against Sanfrecce Hiroshima is the only triumph recorded in six matches. They have accumulated 16 points from their 13 matches at home.
They currently occupy 15th place with 30 points, are level on points with 14th-placed Kyoto Sanga, and are three points behind 11th place. While they are just two places above the relegation zone, they can breathe a sigh of relief knowing that they have a nine-point cushion over the drop zone.
Probable Starting XI
R. Kojima; Y. Horigome, K. Chiba, T. Deng, N. Arai; H. Akiyama, T. Ko; M. Nagakura, Y. Komi, T. Hasegawa; K. Suzuki
Yokohama FC failed to pick up where they left off with their momentum before the international break, which saw them on a two-match unbeaten run as they were met with a convincing 2-1 defeat against Kashiwa Reysol at home, with Marcelo Ryan's goal in the 87th minute serving as consolation amidst the defeat.
The Fulie's have won two of their thirteen matches in the league, accompanied by seven losses and four draws in the process. Their struggles in putting forth a defensive display saw them keep three clean sheets in the process of conceding 17 goals, which is why they find themselves ranked the third worst defensive side in the league with 48 goals conceded in 27 matches.
Their away performance is cause for concern; they have won one of their twelve matches. It's also worth mentioning that they are currently on a six-match winless run, recording four losses and two draws. This sees them currently holding the league's poorest away form with seven points accumulated; only the league's bottom-side, Shonan Bellmare, has collected more points than them (11).
They currently occupy 17th place with 22 points and have maintained an advantage over Shonan Bellmare in 18th place, currently embroiled in the relegation zone. Failure to secure three points could possibly see them descend into the abyss of the drop zone.
Probable Starting XI
K. Nagai; K. Iwateke, B. Nduka, M. Souza Moraes; T. Kondo, Yuri, S. Inoue, T. Yamane; K. Ogawa, R. Yamashita; S. Ito
- Albirex Niigata are currently on a four-match winless run across all competitions.
- Yokohama FC have failed to score in three of their five away matches in the J1 League.
- Albirex Niigata averages 1.23 goals per game when playing at home, and Yokohama FC averages 0.67 goals per game when playing away.
In the last 11 meetings, Albirex Niigata have won 7 times, Yokohama FC have won 4 times, and there have been 0 draws, with the goal difference being 18-9 in favor of Albirex Niigata.
Expert Betting Tips
Albirex Niigata are hoping to get back to winning ways as they seek to halt their two-match winless run in the league, and while they may feel this is the perfect chance to do so in this fixture, past meetings suggest that their triumph won't be a walk in the park.
Niigata have lost two consecutive matches in this fixture while winning just one of their five matches, giving Yokohama FC the edge to deal them a disappointing outcome at home if they are not cautious with their approach.
However, despite that, we still anticipate the home side to secure maximum points in front of the unwavering support of their fans by picking them up in the full-time market.
- W1 for 1.90
- Both Teams To Score - Yes for 1.86
- Goals - Over 2.5 for 2.07