Yokohama FC returned to the J1 League after finishing as the J2 League runners-up last season. This is their fourth season in the top flight. Yokohama FC have failed to show consistency in the J1 League, and this season things have not changed for them. They remain one of the three teams in the league that has yet to register a win. With one draw and four losses in the first five games, Yokohama sits at the bottom of the table. They have the worst defence in the league, and this is the biggest concern for the manager. We now look at some of the stats of the team that show why they are struggling on their return to the top flight.
The biggest reason behind this winless start is the leaky defence of the team. They conceded one goal in the opening game. This was followed by two goals in the second match and three goals each in the third and fourth matches. The team conceded four goals in the last game and that leaves them at the bottom of the table. Yokohama FC have won 63.6% of their defensive duels and 43.2% of their aerial duels. They have won most of their defensive duels, but have struggled a bit in the air. Despite having decent stats, the team has failed to stop the opposition from scoring.
Yokohama FC faces 14.4 shots per match and the opposition have had an accuracy rate of 38.9%. The above viz shows that the goalkeeper has failed to stop most of the shots on his left. Most of the teams have targeted the centre or the right side of the goalie. He has made a few saves over there, while the rest of the shots have found the back of the net.
Inconsistency in attack
Yokohama FC have scored five goals this season. They scored two goals in the second match and then one goal each in the last three matches. Yokohama players create 30.4 positional attacks and 1.6 counterattacks per match. They take 11.6 shots with a 31% accuracy rate. The above viz shows that the players have failed to take enough shots from inside the penalty box. They have failed to get into the opposition’s six-yard box to take a shot as well. Most of the shots have been attempted from outside the box, and this has resulted in an inconsistency in front of the goal.
The team has kept 59.9% ball possession in these matches. They attempt nearly 500 passes per match and have an accuracy rate of 80.9%. The players try to put in crosses into the opposition penalty box but haven’t been accurate enough. Yokohama FC averages 16.6 crosses per match and have a 28.9% accuracy rate. The above viz shows their struggle from the right side. Another key observation is that the players have managed to deliver crosses in and around the six-yard box. However, the players have failed to take any chances in these areas.
As per the 1×2 betting odds, the odds for Yokohama FC will rise due to their struggles. As for the over/under goals, the over goals might thrive as the team has struggled to defend their goal.
Yokohama FC needs a boost to improve their poor start to the season. They are winless in five games and might face relegation once again. Their form in front of the goal has been decent but the form at the back is what will concern the manager. Yokohama FC will look to bounce back post the international break.
Visuals via TFA data viz engine