Vissel Kobe vs Shimizu S-Pulse prediction, preview, team news & more
Vissel Kobe is set to face Shimizu S-Pulse at Kobe City Misaki Park Stadium on Wednesday in the J1 League.
Vissel Kobe came into this game after a 2-0 win over Kenta Kawai’s Sagan Tosu in their last game. A second-half brace from former Mainz and Newcastle United striker Yoshinori Muto secured victory for Takayuki Yoshida’s Vissel Kobe.
Shimizu S-Pulse, meanwhile, lost 5-3 to Kevin Muscat’s Yokohama F. Marinos in their last league match. Goals from striker Takuma Nishimura and former Arsenal striker Ryo Miyaichi and a hat-trick from Brazilian striker Leo Ceara secured victory for Yokohama F. Marinos.
Goals from midfielder Yuta Kamiya, Brazilian striker Thiago Santana and winger Eiichi Katayama proved to be mere consolation for Shimizu S-Pulse.
Vissel Kobe vs Shimizu S-Pulse Head to Head
In 31 face-to-face meetings between the two teams, the record is fairly equal. Shimizu S-Pulse has won 13 games, lost 11 and drawn seven.
The two clubs last faced each other earlier this year, with the match ending in a 0-0 draw.
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Vissel Kobe vs. Shimizu S-Pulse Team News
Vissel Kobe will be without former Barcelona midfielder Sergi Samper and experienced striker Noriaki Fujimoto. Other than that, there are no known issues and caretaker manager Takayuki Yoshida should have a fully fit squad at his disposal.
Injured: Noriaki Fujimoto, Sergi Samper
Meanwhile, Shimizu S-Pulse manager Ze Ricardo will not be able to bring in the services of Brazilian midfielder Renato Augusto and goalkeeper Togo Umeda, while doubts remain over midfielder Katsuhiro Nakayama’s availability.
Injured: Renato Augusto, Togo Umeda
Doubtful: Katsuhiro Nakayama
Vissel Kobe vs. Shimizu S-Pulse Predicted XI
Vissel Kobe Predicted XI (4-2-3-1): Hiroki Iikura, Tetsushi Yamakawa, Ryuho Kikuchi, Yuki Kobayashi, Gotoku Sakai, Hotaru Yamaguchi, Yuya Nakasaka, Yutaro Oda, Andres Iniesta, Koya Yuruki, Yoshinori Muto
Shimizu S-Pulse Predicted XI (4-4-2): Shuichi Gonda, Teruki Hara, Yugo Tatsuta, Yoshinori Suzuki, Reon Yamahara, Eiichi Katayama, Ryohei Shirasaki, Kota Miyamoto, Kenta Nishizawa, Yuta Kamiya, Thiago Santana
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Vissel Kobe vs Shimizu S-Pulse Prediction
Vissel Kobe are bottom of the table and have won two of their last five league games. Andres Iniesta is the star and the Spanish midfielder will be key.
Shimizu S-Pulse, meanwhile, is 17th in the championship, three points ahead of Vissel Kobe.
A tight game, but Vissel Kobe will emerge victorious.
Prediction: Vissel Kobe 1-0 Shimizu S-Pulse
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