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The battle for the AFC Champions League crown enters round two of group stages when Nagoya Grampus go head to head with Pohang Steelers. This will be an interesting match given that both teams won their first game of the competition. Find out more in our detailed fixture preview, which includes free betting tips.
Our Top Free Predictions for Nagoya Grampus vs Pohang Steelers
Soccer tips at Football Ground Guide have no bias and feature detailed insights of every match we preview. Here are the best three tips for the round two match-ups between Nagoya Grampus against Pohang Steelers in the AFC Champions League.
- Both teams to score
- Match result
- Total goals
- Under 2.5
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We expect an open play in this match. Both sides were highly offensively in their first match. Nagoya Grampus had three shots on target, six shots inside the box and four shots outside the box. They missed two big chances which should have put them 3-0 ahead in the first game. Pohang Steelers had nine shots on target in their first game, nine shots inside the box and five shots from outside the six-yard box. With such offensive displays, there is a good chance both sides will find the net in this fixture.
Draw at full-time
Both teams are likely to share the spoils in this fixture. Both teams have emerged are the frontrunners to top group G in the AFC Champions League and should fight for points in this match. We expect a nail-biting match where regardless of which side scores first, the match will end up in a draw.
Few goals expected
We don't expect a lot of goals in this matchup between Nagoya Grampus and the Pohang Steelers. Both teams are strong offensively and have kept two consecutive clean sheets before this fixture. Given what is at stake for both sides, a tense but cautious approach from both sides should yield fewer than three goals.
Match Preview: The Battle for AFC Champions League Group G Leaders Kicks-offs
It is a battle for the top spot in Group G. Both Nagoya Grampus and Pohang Steelers were phenomenal in their first matches Our match preview has more details.
Hiroyuki Abe slotted home from a low cross in the six-yard box to put Nagoya Grampus ahead at the hour mark in their first AFC Champions League match against Johor Darul Ta’zim. Now second in Group, Nagoya Grampus hopes to get a second victory in the competition when they play South Korean side, Pohang Steelers on Friday 25th June 2021. In their first game, Nagoya Grampus had 59% ball possession in the first half but fell to 44% in the second half. They managed three shots on target and converted one to emerge with a one-nil victory at full-time. However, six shots inside the box and four from outside did not materialize into any more goals. Moreover, the Japanese side comes into their second game with three yellow cards and we expect some tactical changes by Massimo Ficcadenti. The Italian tactician prefers the 4-2-3-1 formation, a system that has earned him points. The only three defeats in the last nine matches were surprisingly lost when the manager switched to a 4-3-3 formation.
Twenty-seven-year-old Ukrainian, Borys Tashchy, headed home to put Pohang Steelers ahead at the 11th minute. South Korean forward, Sang-hyeob Lim would later put the icing on the cake with the second goal at the 81st minute. Thirty-two-year-old Sang-hyeob Lim has been a regular goalscorer for Pohang Steelers and we expect him to lead the attacking line on Friday. With a one-goal advantage against Nagoya Grampus in Group G, Pohang Steelers hope to continue their spirited fight for the AFC Champions League crown after being out of the competition since 2016. Their last crown was in 2009. A 2-0 victory against first-timers Ratchaburi should give Di Dong Kim and his squad some confidence before Friday. Di Dong Kim prefers the 4-2-3-1 formation, averages 1.74 points after 81 games and should, therefore, be a tough match for Italian Massimo Ficcadenti who averages 1.81 points after 64 games at the helm.
Top Team Stats, Form and History
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Frequently Asked Questions
Which team currently leads Group G?
Pohang Steelers are at the top with 3 points after a 2-0 victory in their first game.
Where is Nagoya Grampus ranked in Group G of the AFC Champions League?
Nagoya Grampus is second after a 1-0 victory in their first match.
What is the kick-off for this match?
The game will start at 13:00 GMT +3.