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J1 League | Gameweek 20
Jun 26, 2024 at 11am UK
Grenada National Stadium

FC Tokyo
1 - 0

Anzai (84')
Oliveira (90')
FT(HT: 0-0)

Tanaka (37'), Okamura (58'), Nishino (76'), Baba (90+2')

Preview: FC Tokyo vs. Consadole Sapporo - prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews Wednesday's J1 League clash between FC Tokyo and Consadole Sapporo, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.

FC Tokyo can keep themselves in the hunt for the top three in the J1 League standings if they prevail against Consadole Sapporo on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, the visitors to the Ajinomoto Stadium currently sit six points adrift of safety and desperately require a return from the fixture in the capital.

Match preview

FC Tokyo boss Peter Cklamovski in May 2024.© Imago

After an 11th-placed finish during 2023, FC Tokyo have been much improved in their efforts to challenge for the continental spots this time around.

That is despite being on a run of just two victories from seven matches, each of those wins coming away at relegation-threatened teams.

A 1-1 draw was posted against 16th-placed Jubilo Iwata in between, and it means that momentum is not necessarily with Peter Cklamovski's side.

As many as four fixtures have been played without Tokyo winning at their home ground, while their last clean sheet here came on April 7.

Nevertheless, there have been no more than two goals in any of their last five fixtures, suggesting that a competitive match could be in store here.

Consadole, though, have been on an horrendous run of form themselves, losing seven of their most recent eight games themselves.

Thirteen goals have been conceded in their last five games, albeit just three being shipped during defeats to Kyoto Sanga and Yokohama F. Marinos.

On a visit to the capital to play Tokyo Verdy recently, Mihailo Petrovic's side would score three times, yet they succumbed to a 5-3 defeat.

Coincidentally, Consadole have not posted an away victory in the J1 League since they defeated FC Tokyo 3-1 back in November.

FC Tokyo J1 League form:

Consadole Sapporo J1 League form:

Team News

Consadole Sapporo head coach Mihailo Petrovic in May 2024. (IMAGO).© Imago

Although Shuhei Tokumoto came off the substitutes' bench to score Tokyo's winner at Shonan Bellmare, the left-back may remain among the replacements.

Diego Oliveira could return to the attack to take the spot of Ryotaro Araka, while Soma Anzai is another creative player who may be recalled.

Having given a strong account of themselves against Yokohama, it would come as no surprise if Petrovic selected the same Consadole side.

Tatsuya Hasegawa and Rei Ieizumi are both in contention to return on the left flank and in a back three respectively.

FC Tokyo possible starting lineup:
Nozawa; Nakamura, Morishige, Oka, Nagatomo; Koizumi, Ko; Araka, Matsuki, Tawaratsumida; Oliveira

Consadole Sapporo possible starting lineup:
Sugeno; Takao, Okamura, Nakamura; Kondo, Baba, Komai, Suga; Kobayashi, Suzuki, Hasegawa

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We say: FC Tokyo 3-1 Consadole Sapporo

With Tokyo not always the tightest at the back, Consadole will fancy their chances of at least breaching their hosts' backline. Nevertheless, we can only back the home side to come through with three points.

For data analysis of the most likely results, scorelines and more for this match please click here.

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