Sanfrecce vs Tokyo prediction, preview, team news and more | J League Cup 2024

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Sanfrecce will entertain Tokyo at Edion Peace Wing Hiroshima on Sunday. Both J1 League sides are renewing their hostilities following a 1-1 stalemate in their previous clash.

Sanfrecce had the last say in the first leg, stunning Tokyo at home 2-1, with Kato and Matsumoto putting the visitors ahead by the 11th minute. Brazilian import Diego Oliveira spared Tokyo’s blushes by pulling one goal back in the 25th minute.

Sanfrecce will hope to build on their away success but must be mindful of Tokyo’s revenge mission. The visitors have claimed two victories against Sanfrecce at Edion Peace Wing Hiroshima of late. Their last visit ended in a 2-1 win.

FC Tokyo sit just below Sanfrecce in the J1 League table, tied at 26 points ahead of matchday 18, but Sanfrecce have one game in hand. Tokyo appear to be struggling for form as they have lost twice in five outings in all competitions. However, they boast an impressive away record, with four wins and one defeat in their last five trips. Tokyo will have to be in their best form to overturn the 2-1 deficit against a highly-motivated Sanfrecce, who are eying a second J League Cup since their first success in 2022.

Sanfrecce will head into the clash on the back of four wins and one draw in all competitions.

Sanfrecce vs Tokyo Head-to-Head

Sanfrecce have won twice, drawn once and lost twice in their last five matches against Tokyo.

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

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

Sanfrecce vs Tokyo News


Centre-back Taichi Yamasaki, who suffered a cruciate ligament injury recently, is not expected back in the squad before January 2025.

Injury: Taichi Yamasaki.

Doubtful: None.

Suspension: None.

Unavailable: None.


Yasuki Kimoto, Renta Higashi, Kosuke Shirai, Tsubasa Terayama and Keita Yamashita will miss the clash due to injury concerns.

Injury: Yasuki Kimoto, Renta Higashi, Kosuke Shirai, Tsubasa Terayama, Keita Yamashita.

Doubtful: None.

Suspension: None.

Unavailable: None.

Sanfrecce vs Tokyo Predicted Xls

Sanfrecce (4-3-3): Goro Kawanami (GK) Pieros Sotiriou, Mutsuki Kato, Yuki Ohashi, Hayato Araki, Naoto Arai, Shuto Nakano, Takaaki Shichi, Sho Sasaki, Taishi Matsumoto, Shunki Higashi

FC Tokyo (4-3-3): Go Hatano (GK), Yuto Nagatomo, Masato Morishige, Henrique Trevisan, Kahsif Bangunagande, Riki Harakawa, Ryotaro Araki, Kuryu Matsuki, Teruhito Nakagawa, Diego Oliveira, Keita Endo

Sanfrecce vs Tokyo Prediction

The two teams have met 44 times in all competitions, with Sanfrecce totalling 17 wins over 16 for Tokyo while 11 games have ended in stalemates.

The hosts’ talisman Yuki Ohashi is the competition’s top scorer with three goals. He will be looking to bail out his side in this tricky clash.

Sanfrecce are expected to come out on top based on form and home advantage.

Prediction: Sanfrecce 2-1 Tokyo

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