Consadole Sapporo will host defending champions Yokohama F. Marinos in their fourth match of the J1 League 2023. The hosts are winless in the current season and Yokohama F. Marinos are unbeaten. Last season these two teams settled for a draw in both games. We now look at some of the stats from the current season that could predict the outcome of the match.
The hosts played a goalless draw in the first match. They suffered a 3-1 defeat at the hands of Vissel Kobe in the second match. Their last match ended in a 2-2 draw against Albirex Niigata. Consadole Sapporo averaged one goal and 1.52 xG per match this season. Their defence has leaked five goals.
Yokohama F. Marinos registered a 2-1 win against Kawasaki Frontale and a 2-0 win against Urawa Reds in the first two matches. Their winning streak ended in the last match when Sanfrecce Hiroshima held them to a 1-1 draw. Yokohama F. Marinos averaged 1.67 goals and 1.35 xG in the first three games of the season.
Consadole Sapporo’s poor start to the season
Consadole Sapporo have just scored two goals and one goal was an own goal. The home team averages 27.67 positional attacks and 1.67 counterattacks per match. Overall, they have taken 38 shots and nine have been on target. In the first match, the team only attempted five shots and none was on target.
The home team likes to run down the right flank. By looking at the above viz we can observe that a few box penetrations were made by the team from the edge of the 18-yard box on the right side.
Consadole Sapporo’s defence has kept a clean sheet this season. They kept it in the first match and conceded five goals in the next two. The opponents attempt 14 shots on average against them and have blocked six in total. Most of the blocks have been made outside the box.
Why Yokohama F. Marinos are the favourites to win?
Yokohama F. Marinos will be the favourites to win the match. They are the defending champions and cannot afford to drop any points. The visitors average 27.33 positional attacks and two counterattacks per match. Overall, the team has a low average of ten shots per match this season. However, the accuracy rate is on the higher side at 50%.
The visitors like to attack from both flanks. They create more chances from the left side but are equally good from the opposite flank as well.
Yokohama F. Marinos will look to keep a clean sheet in this match. They have conceded two goals and blocked eight crucial shots. Of these eight blocks, five came inside the penalty box.
Anderson Lopes is the top goalscorer for Yokohama F. Marinos this season. He has scored two goals in the opening three games of the season. The above xG map shows all four shots attempted by him. He has managed to hit the target twice and both shots have been scored from inside the six-yard box. The 29-year-old has also played for Consadole Sapporo and will look to register a goal against them.
As per the 1×2 betting odds, Yokohama F. Marinos are the favourites to win the match. They have a high odds rate of 1.92 to win the match. Consadole Sapporo have struggled at the start of the season and they might find it difficult to take any point from this match. As per the over/under lines, the over lines are expected to thrive as Consadole Sapporo have a poor defensive record and Yokohama F.Marinos have a good record in front of the goal.
Yokohama F. Marinos will look to return to winning way against Consadole Sapporo. They have been accurate in front of the goal and will look to convert more chances in this game.
Visuals via TFA data viz engine