2020 Japanese J1 League – Cerezo Osaka vs Oita Trinita Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is Cerezo Osaka vs Oita Trinita taking place? Saturday 22nd February, 2020 – 06:00 (UK)

Where is Cerezo Osaka vs Oita Trinita taking place? Yanmar Stadium Nagai

What television channel is Cerezo Osaka vs Oita Trinita on? FreeSports will televise some J1 League matches this season so it is worth checking their schedule

Where can I stream Cerezo Osaka vs Oita Trinita? If the match is televised on FreeSports, Premier Sport subscribers will be able to stream the match live via Premier Player. Alternatively, Bet365 customers can stream the match live on their website

Where can I get tickets for Cerezo Osaka vs Oita Trinita? Ticket information can be found on each club’s official website

THE TEAM NEWS

CEREZO OSAKA

  • Cerezo Osaka come into this new campaign desperate to improve on last season’s fifth-placed finish but they know that if they are to challenge for honours, they will have to score more goals having only scored 39 in 34 games despite having the best defensive record in the division.
  • They will be hoping Brazilian striker Bruno Mendes can improve in front of goal after tallying six goals last term, but he made a bright start in the cup last weekend as he scored twice in a 4-1 win over Matsumoto Yamaga.
  • His compatriot Lucas Mineiro has joined the club in the off-season and the defensive midfielder will help form a strong partnership with Argentine Leandro Desabato, but they will hope they can create against a solid Oita Trinita defence.

OITA TRINITA

  • Oita Trinita made a strong start to the 2019 season which was one of the key reasons why they survived in their first season back in the top flight after five years out of it, but they will have to notably improve on their form in the second half of last season which arguably was that of a relegation candidate.
  • Barring reserve keeper Mun Kyung-Gun who is South Korean, the entirety of the rest of the squad is comprised of Japanese players only so they will rely on local talent throughout the campaign.
  • Their task for survival could be made all the harder due to the fact that last season’s top scorer Ado Onaiwu has departed to join Yokohama F. Marinos so they will hope loanee Kei Chinen can hit the ground running after joining from Kawasaki Frontale.

THE PREDICTION

Oita Trinita did ever so well last season to avoid relegation after their promotion to the top flight after five years away from it but it could be even harder to avoid trouble this time around. Their squad had been weakened and goals look difficult to come by. They face a tough opener against Cerezo Osaka who will be motivated to make a fast start to the campaign. They have a rock solid spine to their team once again and they can take all three points as well as keeping a clean sheet in this one.

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