Cerezo Osaka are currently in fifth place in the J1 League standings and have been inconsistent this season. They edged out Kawasaki Frontale 2-1 last week and will look to achieve a similar result in this fixture.
The Kashima Antlers, on the other hand, are second in the league table, having stepped up to the plate this year. They beat Kashiwa Reysol 2-1 in their previous game and will be confident ahead of this match.
Kashima Antlers vs Cerezo Osaka Head-to-Head
The Kashima Antlers have an impressive record against Cerezo Osaka, having won 22 out of the 33 matches played between the two teams. Cerezo Osaka have managed eight victories against Kashima Antlers and will want to cut the deficit on Wednesday.
The previous meeting between the two teams took place in April this year and ended in a 3-0 victory for the Kashima Antlers. Cerezo Osaka were poor on the day and have a point to prove this week.
Kashima Antlers form guide in the J1 League: W-D-W-L-D
Cerezo Osaka form guide in the J1 League: W-D-L-W-W
Kashima Antlers vs Cerezo Osaka Team News
Ryotari Araki and Shintaro Nagi are recovering from injuries at the moment and have been ruled out of the fixture. The Kashima Antlers are unlikely to make drastic changes to their team for this match.
Injured: Ryotari Araki, Shintaro Nagi
Yusuke Maruhashi and Ryosuke Yamanaka are injured and will play no part on Wednesday. With both their left-backs injured, 21-year-old Ryuya Nishio is set to feature against the Antlers.
Injured: Yusuke Maruhashi, Ryosuke Yamanaka
Kashima Antlers vs Cerezo Osaka Predicted XI
Kashima Antlers Predicted XI (4-4-2): Kwoun Sun-Tae; Koki Anzai, Kim Min-Tae, Kento Misao, Rikuto Hirose; Ryuji Izumi, Diego Pituca, Arthur Caike, Hayato Nakama; Yuma Suzuki, Ayase Ueda.
Cerezo Osaka Predicted XI (4-4-2 ): Jin Hyeon Kim; Ryuya Nishio, Matej Jonjic, Koji Toriumi, Hirotaka Tameda; Riki Harakawa, Hiroshi Kiyotake, Seiya Maikuma, Hiroaki Okuno; Riki Matsuda, Bruno Pereira Mendes.
Kashima Antlers vs Cerezo Osaka Prediction
The Kashima Antlers are in impressive form at the moment and are unbeaten in their last three league games. They have historically been a dominant force in this fixture and will look to maintain their impressive streak on Wednesday.
Cerezo Osaka can pack a punch on their day but have plenty of work to do to correct their poor record against the Kashima Antlers, who are the better team on paper and should be able to win the game.
Prediction: Kashima Antlers 2-1 Cerezo Osaka