FC Tokyo hosts C-Osaka in the first leg of Japanese YBC Levain Cup 1/8 finals. The match will be played on Wednesday, June 19th at Ajinomoto Stadium (Tokyo)
FC Tokyo currently ranks first in the top league of Japan. The team confidently goes with ten wins, three draws and two defeats. But what is remarkable in the game of the club: in the last ten matches, more than two goals were scored only once. And most of the matches were generally ended with whitewashes. Tokyo FC scored 21 and conceded only 8 goals in the fifteen meetings held. But the motivation for the cup match will be at a level lower than in the Premier League. It is logical to understand the motives of the clubs: the winning team will have to continue to play matches rising higher in the draw. Although this cup does not have any value. In March of this year, Tokyo FC just threw two matches of the current cup. I think we will see the standard match of Japanese clubs with a minimum of goals. The main goal of the hosts is to keep first place in the highest division in order to guarantee a place the Champions League for the next season.
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Cerezo Osaka takes the tenth line out of eighteen possible in the top league of Japan. Like its rival, the team ends most of the matches with the number of goals scored less than three. More than goals were scored in just two games out of the last ten. Judging by the scoring activity, C-Osaka scores and concedes a little less than a goal per game. And all the last head-to-head matches with FC Tokyo over the past two years ended with just one goal in each match, although Cerezo Osaka always won. I think we will see about one goal in the current game either. The main aim of Cerezo Osaka is to keep no lower than in the middle of the standings, and the struggle for the cup is a minor matter.
Considering the fact that the current clubs play the majority of their matches with a small number of goals (less than three), I think that we will not see another game from them at the cup.
Prediction for the match: Under 2.5 goals scored