For Cerezo, no news since the last match against Avispa, and they are still missing GK Yamamoto, left-backs Omata and Hirajima as well as Ale in midfield. Aizawa is just as good as Yamamoto though in goal, and on the left-back position they got Gilton, a new signing from Brazil that will step in as well as Niwa in back-up. Instead of Ale, former Nagoya-player Aoyama will start. All those injuries will weaken the squad a bit, but Cerezo got many players to choose to from so they should be well-covered..Sanfrecce are missing a few regulars, but they are well-covered all places so it shouldn’t affect the team’s performance in any way. Both teams are likely to field the same squads as last round according to Yahoo.
Cerezo suffered a huge blow when they lost the match vs Avispa last round with 2 conceded goals in the dying minutes. Before that their form were really good. They played quite good against Avispa too, and lead until only 5 minutes remained. So playing-wise, they seem just as strong as earlier. On the last 6 at home Cerezo only got 2-1-3. Sanfrecce secured the J2 title last round, and doesn’t need to take any more points now really. But that doesn’t mean that they will take the last matches lightly, as they are bound for breaking records if they keep it up like this. They’ve won 5 of the last 6 matches, and away they got 3-1-2 on the last 6. All previous meetings gives us 2-2-4, and earlier this season Sanfrecce won both meetings.
Cerezo got everything to play for, Sanfrecce only records and glory. Therefore the motivation should be alot higher in the home team’s camp. But Sanfrecce is stronger, and ruin Cerezo’s hopes of promotion with a win here. I think it will be close, but the fact that Sanfrecce are already in J1 probably makes them ease down a bit, and that could be the chance Cerezo needs.