Cerezo Osaka vs Sanfrecce prediction, preview, team news and more | J1 League 2023-24

Sanfrecce face Cerezo Osaka on Sunday
Sanfrecce face Cerezo Osaka on Sunday.

Cerezo Osaka and Hiroshima Sanfrecce trade tackles in a J1 League matchday 16 clash on Sunday (May 26). The hosts are coming off a 1-0 win at Ryukyu in the YBC Levain Cup.

Yuichi Hirano broke the deadlock for Cerezo in the sixth minute before they were reduced to 10 men following Justin Hubner's 17th-minute red card. Despite their numerical disadvantage, they held on to advance to the next round.

Cerezo now turn their focus back to the league, where their last game saw them claim a 3-0 win at Avispa Fukuoka.

Sanfrecce, meanwhile, advanced at the expense of Tokyo Verdy with a 3-2 away victory in the YBC Levain Cup. Yuki Ohashi scored a first-half brace, while Takumu Kawamura added a third in the 78th minute. Tomoya Miki scored a second-half brace for Verdy.

Michael Skibbe's side now turn their focus to the league, where their last game was a 5-0 away thrashing of Kyoto Sanga. The victory left them in ninth spot, having garnered 22 points from 14 games, while Cerezo are seventh with 23 points.

Cerezo Osaka vs Sanfrecce Head-to-Head

Sanfrecce have 46 wins from their last 103 head-to-head games with Cerezo, who have won 40 times. Their most recent clash in October saw the two sides play out a goalless stalemate.

Cerezo Osaka form guide (all competitions): W-W-L-L-L

Sanfrecce form guide (all competitions): W-W-L-L-D

Cerezo Osaka vs Sanfrecce Team News

Cerezo Osaka

Ryosuke Shindo and Kyohei Noborizato are sidelined with hamstring injuries, while Justin Hubner is suspended.

Injuries: Ryosuke Shindo, Kyohei Noborizato

Doubtful: None

Suspension: Justin Hubner


Taichi Yamasaki, Douglas Vieira and Ezequiel have been sidelined with injuries.

Injuries: Taichi Yamasaki, Douglas Vieira, Ezequiel

Doubtful: None

Suspension: None

Cerezo Osaka vs Sanfrecce Predicted XIs

Cerezo Osaka (4-3-3): Jin-Hyeon Kim (GK); Kakeru Funaki, Koji Toriumi, Ryuya Nishio, Hayato Okuda; Shunta Tanaka, Hiroaki Okuno, Masaya Shibayama; Hirotaka Tameda, Hiroto Yamada, Jordy Croux

Sanfrecce (3-4-2-1): Keisuke Osako (GK); Sho Sasaki, Hayato Araki, Shuto Nakano; Takaaki Shichi, Gakuto Notsuda, Takumu Kawamura, Naoto Arai; Taishi Matsumoto, Yuki Ohashi; Pieros Sotiriou

Cerezo Osaka vs Sanfrecce Prediction

Cerezo have won their last two games across competitions after going winless in six, losing four.

Meanwhile, six of Sanfrecce's last seven competitive games have produced at least three goals, with five games witnessing goals at both ends. Expect the two sides to cancel each other out in a low-scoring stalemate.

Prediction: Cerezo 1-1 Sanfrecce

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