Gamba Osaka will host Vegalta Sendai at the Panasonic Stadium in a J1 League game on Sunday.
The home side entered the game after a 4-0 loss to city rivals Cerezo Osaka in the second leg of their League Cup quarter-final. Four different men signed up on the scoresheet to help Cerezo advance with an overall victory of 4-1.
Vegalta Sendai suffered a narrow 1-0 loss to Sagan Tosu on home turf before the international break. Brazilian striker Eduardo scored the game-winning goal in the 66th minute.
The defeat left Vegalta Sendai in 18th place with 19 points and they need to start racking up points to avoid the fall. Gamba Osaka is quite comfortable in 13th place having collected 30 points in 27 matches.
Gamba Osaka vs Vegalta Sendai Head to Head
Gamba Osaka has 11 wins in their last 23 matches against Vegalta Sendai. Six matches have resulted in a share of the booty while Sendai has won six times.
Their last meeting was in August when Gamba Osaka claimed a 1-0 away win in a rescheduled Matchday 5 game. Patric scored the winning goal in the first half.
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Gamba Osaka vs Vegalta Sendai Team news
The hosts have three players excluded for injuries. Haruto Shirai (cruciate ligament), Jun Ichimori (hamstring) and Wellington Silva (adductor) have all been sidelined by fitness issues. There is no suspension problem for Gamba Osaka.
Injuries: Jun Ichimori, Wellington Silva, Haruto Shirai
There are no known injuries or suspension issues for the visitors.
Gamba Osaka vs Vegalta Sendai Predicts XI
Gamba Osaka Predicts XI (3-4-3): Masaaki Higashiguchi (GK); Hiroki Fujiharu, Shunya Suganuma, Genta Miura; Keisuke Kurokawa, Yuya Yamamoto, Kohei Okuno, Ko Yanagisawa; Takashi Usami, Shinya Yajima, Patrick
Vegalta Sendai Predicts XI (3-4-3): Jakub Slowik (GK); Naoya Fukumori, Kyohei Yoshino, Hiashi Tawiah; Takayoshi Ishihara, Rikiya Uehara, Shingo Tomita, Takumi Mase; Shuhei Akasaki, Kunimitsu Sekiguchi, Cayman Togashi
Gamba Osaka vs Vegalta Sendai Prediction
Neither team have been in their best form lately, but Gamba Osaka has been more consistent throughout the season.
The hosts struggled on their own ground, but that could be offset by Vegalta Sendai’s struggles on the road. We expect a narrow victory for Gamba Osaka.
Prediction: Gamba Osaka 1-0 Vegalta Sendai