Kyoto Sanga made a poor start to the 2023 J1 League season. The team escaped relegation last season by winning the playoffs. This season, they started with two consecutive defeats. However, the team turned around its fortune and registered three consecutive wins in the league before the international break. Kyoto made a huge comeback in these three matches and now sits fifth in the league table. We now look at the stats of the team to see how they have improved during the season.
Struggles in the first two games
Kyoto Sanga began the 2023 campaign with a 2-0 defeat against Kashima Antlers. This was followed by a 1-0 loss against Nagoya Grampus.
Kyoto Sanga players had more than 55% of the possession in the first two games. They created 31 positional attacks in the first match and 27 in the second match. In the first match, the players attempted six shots, but only one was on target. Against Nagoya Grampus, Kyoto attempted eight shots with three on target. They failed to take their chances and were unable to score a goal.
Kyoto Sanga players like to deliver crosses in the match. They averaged 12 crosses in the first two games, with 16 coming in the first one. Only three crosses found a teammate inside the penalty box in these two games. These crosses were misfired, and the opposition’s defenders dealt with the threat easily.
The opposition were allowed to take 27 shots in these two games. Of these 27 shots, ten were on target. Three shots found the back of the net and the rest were saved. By looking at the above viz we can observe that the shots attempted to the left of the goalkeeper found the back of the net.
Comeback in the last three games
Kyoto Sanga started the comeback with a 2-0 win over FC Tokyo. This was followed by another 2-0 win over Shonan Bellmare. Kyoto were dominant in their last game and won the match 4-1 against Yokohama FC. The team showed massive signs of improvement and took three points in these games. They created 28 positional attacks in the first game and then 24 in the next game. In their last game, the team created 31 shots. Their average number of shots in these games was 10.67 per match, and the accuracy rate was 43.75%. The players were clinical with their finishing and were on target on most occasions.
There was also a massive improvement in the number of crosses that were delivered. Kyoto Sanga players attempted 15, 13, and 12 crosses in these three games. They delivered six crosses each in the first two games and then eight crosses in the last game. Overall, there was a massive improvement in accuracy and the successful crosses came from both flanks.
Kyoto Sanga showed massive improvements in defence. They kept two clean sheets and conceded only one goal. The goalkeeper improved on his left side and only conceded one goal on that particular side.
Kyoto Sanga’s recent return to form will lower their odds rate in the coming matches. As for the over/under lines, the over lines might thrive as the team is finding its goal-scoring touch in the league.
Kyoto Sanga will be looking to move up in the league table and hope to secure safety way before they did last season. They will also look to extend their winning run and finish high up in the table.
Visuals via TFA data viz engine