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The YBC Levain Cup play-offs sees Shimizu S-Pulse hosts in-form Kashima Antlers at the IAI Stadium Nihondaira. Kashima Antlers have roughly twice the points than S-Pa in the J1 League, but everything is up for grabs in this 1/8 playoff fixture. We have done extensive research for this preview, so we can help you out with a few free betting tips.
Free Match Tips from Punditfeed for Shimizu S-Pulse vs Kashima Antlers
Here are some bias-free tips we have put together for Shimizu S-Pulse vs Kashima Antlers.
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Kashima Antlers to Win
Both Shimizu S-Pulse and Kashima Antlers are in the whereabouts of the same league places they finished last season in. The visitors have twice the number of points as S-Pa but it is their recent forms that should help has gauge the upcoming result. Antlers have won three of their last five away fixtures while the hosts have one once in the same period. With disparaging differences between both sides, the smart money should be on the Kashima Antlers to secure the victory on the road.
Total Goals Over 2.5
In the last five fixtures at the IAI Stadium Nihondaira, four ended with a conclusion of three or more goals. Kashima’s away fixtures are also dominated with high scoring affairs, with three ending in the Over 2.5 coming true. History is also in favour of our selection, with four of the last five H2H matches seeing it come true.
Both Teams to Score: Yes
S-Pa have conceded in four of their last five fixtures at home, and gotten on the scoreboard the same number of times. Kashima Antlers have kept three clean sheets in the same number of away fixtures. With both sides struggling to keep their rivals at bay and the attackers giving a good account of their abilities, we should see goals on either side of the pitch.
Shimizu S-Pulse vs Kashima Antlers Fixture Preview
Miguel Angel Lotina has a tough task on his hands as four teams slated for demotion after the 2020/21 campaign. S-Pa are one point adrift of safety in the J1 League and will be looking to put all those woes behind them in this YBC Levain Cup fixture. Thiago Santana has impressed in S-Pa colours this season with six goals in 16 J1 League appearances and will be the hosts main protagonist to continue in the domestic cup competition.
The Antlers are flying high in the J1 League but have suffered two defeats in their last three outings. It is still better than their rivals, who have lost four of their last five matches in all competitions. The record Japanese champions are off Kawasaki Frontale’s pace and the YBC Levain Cup is their only hope for silverware. Naoki Soma is the caretaker manager but will be fully aware of what the competition means for Kashima Antlers. Both Ryotaro Araki and Ayase Ueda have impressed with six goals to their names. However, it is the latter at just 22 years of age who continues to impress despite his young years.
Best betting odds for Shimizu S-Pulse vs Kashima Antlers
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FAQ about Shimizu S-Pulse vs Kashima Antlers
When is the kick-off time?
The match will be played on June 02, at 12:00 GMT.
Where is the game being played?
The game is played at the IAI Stadium Nihondaira.
Who is the favourite?
Kashima Antlers are favourites in the fixture @ odds of 22/25.