Vissel Kobe host Consadole Sapporo at Noevir Stadium for matchday 29 of the J1 League on Saturday.
The home side have not been in action since they played a 1-1 draw against Sanfrecce Hiroshima earlier in the month. Second-half goals from Shunki Higashi and Daiju Sasaki saw both teams split the spoils on that occasion.
Consadole Sapporo fell 2-0 away from home to Cerezo Osaka last Saturday. Two second-half goals in as many minutes from Douglas and Ryota Aoki helped them secure all three points.
That victory helped them climb to 10th place in the table, having scored 39 points from 28 games. Vissel Kobe is in fifth place with 48 points.
Vissel Kobe vs. Consadole Sapporo head to head
Vissel Kobe has nine wins in his last 15 games against Consadolle Sapporo. Two previous matches ended in a share of the loot, while Sapporo won four times.
Their most recent encounter came in March, when Sapporo rallied three goals against to overcome a seven-goal thriller with a 4-3 away win.
The two teams have been in almost identical form and each has two wins in their last five games in all competitions.
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Vissel Kobe vs. Consadole Sapporo team news
There are no known injuries or suspension concerns for the home team.
Chanathip Songkrasin (adductor) and Akito Fukumori (knee) are the only two injury concerns for Consadole Sapporo.
Injuries: Chanathip Songkrasin, Akito Fukumori
Vissel Kobe vs Consadole Sapporo XI scheduled
Vissel Kobe predicted XI (3-5-2): Hiroki Likura (GK); Thomas Vermaelen, Leo Osaki, Ryuko Kikuchi; Ryo Hatsuse, Andrés Iniesta, Sergi Samper, Hotaru Yamaguchi, Gotoku Sakai; Yoshinori Muto, Daiju Sasaki
Consadole Sapporo predicted XI (3-4-3): Takanori Sugeno (GK); Daiki Suga, Yoshiaki Komai, Hiroki Miyazawa; Ryota Aoki, Yoshiaki Komai, Shunta Tanaka, Lucas Fernandes; Tsuyoshi Ogashiwa, Takuro Kaneko, Milan Tucic
Vissel Kobe vs Consadole Sapporo Prediction
The two parts are almost even, although Vissel Kobe has been more consistent throughout the season.
The home advantage could be a factor in favor of the hosts and we are backing them to secure three points in a narrow win.
Prediction: Vissel Kobe 2-1 Consadole Sapporo
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