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Sanfrecce Hiroshima vs Kashima Antlers: Tough battle for the home team

Sanfrecce Hiroshima vs Kashima Antlers: Tough battle for the home team

Both teams are top clubs in Japan at the moment, and they will fight for gaining the first victory in the 2020 J1 League season.

Sanfrecce Hiroshima vs Kashima Antlers match information

Time: 13:00 (GMT+8) on February 23rd

Venue: Hiroshima Big Arch

Competition: 2020 J1 League

Last year, Kashima Antlers finished the 2019 season in third place, which made them be able to compete in the 2020 AFC Champions League. However, they disappointed the audience by losing the Australian side Melbourne Victory in the play-off match.

After that, they went on losing Nagoya Grampus in the first game of the J-League Cup last weekend. In other words, it seems that Kashima Antlers does not prepare well for the 2020 season by having bad results in recent matches.

As a result, they will find it very hard to travel to the Hiroshima Big Arch to play the opening game of the 2020 J1 League, taking on the former champion Sanfrecce Hiroshima.

Unlike the opponent, Sanfrecce Hiroshima started the 2020 season very well by beating Yokohama FC in the 2020 J-League Cup last week.

Beating Kashima Antlers will help their players gain more confidence to play the next hard games against Consadole Sapporo and Urawa Reds in the J1 League.

Compared to Kashima Antlers, Sanfrecce Hiroshima has the advantage to play at the home venue, so they will likely attack as much as possible in this match. However, the most possible result that it can happen is a narrow victory for the home team.

Sanfrecce Hiroshima vs Kashima Antlers potential lineups:

Sanfrecce Hiroshima: Takuto Hayashi, Yuki Nogami, Sho Sasaki, Emil Salomonsson, Toshihiro Aoyama, Rhayner, Yoshifumi Kashiwa, Kyohei Yoshino, Gakuto Notsuda, Douglas Vieira, Leandro Pereira.

Kashima Antlers: Kwoun Sun Tae, Atsuto Uchida, Itsuki Oda, Shuto Yamamoto, Bueno, Leo Silva, Leandro, Serginho, Ryota Nagaki, Shoma Doi, Takeshi Kanamori.

Sanfrecce Hiroshima vs Kashima Antlers score predictions: 1-0