OSA vs KAW Match Update: Cerezo Osaka and Kawasaki Frontale will face each other in a crucial match of the J League on Friday, September 1, 2023. Both teams are in the top four of the league table and are looking to challenge for the title. The match will be played at the Yanmar Stadium Nagai in Osaka and will kick off at 7:00 pm local time.
Cerezo Osaka: A strong contender for the title
Cerezo Osaka has been one of the most consistent teams in the J League this season. They have played 25 matches, won 13, lost 9, and drawn 3, scoring 41 goals and conceding 32. They are currently third in the league table with 42 points, six points behind the leaders Yokohama F. Marinos.
Cerezo Osaka has a balanced squad with experienced players and young talents. Their attack is led by Hiroshi Kiyotake, who has scored 10 goals and provided 8 assists this season. He is supported by Tatsuhiro Sakamoto, Riki Harakawa, and Yuta Toyokawa, who have also contributed with goals and assists. Their defense is anchored by Ryuya Nishio, Ayumu Seko, and Kim Jin-hyeon, who have been solid and reliable.
Cerezo Osaka has also shown their quality in the Asian Champions League, where they have reached the quarter-finals after topping their group. They will face Al Hilal of Saudi Arabia in the next round.
Kawasaki Frontale: A resilient team with a fighting spirit
Kawasaki Frontale has been one of the most exciting teams to watch in the J League this season. They have played 25 matches, won 9, lost 10, and drawn 6, scoring 34 goals and conceding 33. They are currently fourth in the league table with 33 points, 15 points behind the leaders Yokohama F. Marinos.
Kawasaki Frontale has a dynamic squad with players who can create and score goals. Their attack is spearheaded by Leandro Damiao, who has scored 12 goals and provided 4 assists this season. He is accompanied by Kaoru Mitoma, Akihiro Ienaga, and Yu Kobayashi, who have also chipped in with goals and assists. Their defense is led by Shogo Taniguchi, Jesiel, and Jung Sung-ryong, who have been steady and dependable.
Kawasaki Frontale has also impressed in the Asian Champions League, where they have reached the quarter-finals after finishing second in their group. They will face Persepolis of Iran in the next round.
What to expect from the match
The match between Cerezo Osaka and Kawasaki Frontale promises to be a thrilling clash between two teams who are hungry for success. Both teams have shown their ability to score goals and entertain the fans with their attacking style of play. However, both teams also have some weaknesses in their defense that can be exploited by their opponents.
The match could be decided by the individual brilliance of some of the key players on both sides. Kiyotake and Damiao are the leading scorers for their respective teams and could make the difference with their finishing skills. Mitoma and Sakamoto are the creative sparks for their respective teams and could provide the crucial assists for their teammates. Taniguchi and Nishio are the defensive leaders for their respective teams and could make some vital interceptions and blocks to prevent goals.
The match could also be influenced by some external factors such as the weather, the pitch condition, and the referee’s decisions. The weather forecast for Osaka on Friday is sunny with a high of 31°C and a low of 24°C. The pitch condition at the Yanmar Stadium Nagai is expected to be good. The referee for the match is Yudai Yamamoto, who has officiated 12 matches in the J League this season, showing 40 yellow cards and 2 red cards.
The match is expected to attract a lot of attention from the fans and the media as it could have a significant impact on the title race. The match will be broadcast live on FanCode, SportsTiger, and other platforms.
Based on the current form, performance, and statistics of both teams and their players, here is a possible Dream11 team for this match:
Goalkeeper: Jung Sung-ryong (KAW)
Defenders: Shogo Taniguchi (KAW), Jesiel (KAW), Ryuya Nishio (OSA), Ayumu Seko (OSA)
Midfielders: Kaoru Mitoma (KAW), Akihiro Ienaga (KAW), Tatsuhiro Sakamoto (OSA), Riki Harakawa (OSA)
Forwards: Leandro Damiao (KAW), Hiroshi Kiyotake (OSA)
Captain: Hiroshi Kiyotake (OSA)
Vice-Captain: Leandro Damiao (KAW)