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Kitchee and Cerezo Osaka meet on matchday six in Group J to determine who enters the knockout phase of the AFC Champions League as section winners. Read our predictions and find the latest odds for the game below in our expert match preview.
Kitchee vs Cerezo Osaka Top Free Betting Tips
The two dominant teams in Group J clash on matchday six when Kitchee lock horns with Cerezo Osaka. Here are our top three expert predictions for Friday’s fixture between Kitchee and Cerezo Osaka.
- Match Result
- Cerezo Osaka to Win
- Both Teams to Score
- Anytime Goalscorer
- Tiago Pagnussat
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Cerezo Osaka to Win
Cerezo Osaka have been dynamite in Group J so far, pocketing an impressive 13 points from the first 15 available to lead the section ahead of Friday’s opponents Kitchee. The Sakura came from behind to beat the same team 2-1 in June and hit eight goals without reply in their last two fixtures against Guangzhou and Port. With momentum to burn, Osaka should be armed with enough confidence to end the group stage on a winning note.
Both Teams to Score
Cerezo Osaka had to be at their best to overturn a first-half deficit to topple Kitchee 2-1 last month and we expect Friday’s rematch to be equally competitive. The Bluewaves have scored in 100% of their Group J matches to date and bettors are advised to back both teams to find the net this week as a result.
Tiago Pagnussat to Score Anytime
Brazilian forward Tiago Pagnussat has registered a notable three times in just four AFC Champions League appearances this season and the Brazilian poacher got his name in lights when Cerezo Osaka came from behind to beat Kitchee last month. The 31-year-old is a savvy operator and having notched against The Bluewaves in the group already, he’s a prime candidate to get among the goals again.
Kitchee vs Cerezo Osaka: Match Preview
Hong Kong outfit Kitchee have been strong performers in this season’s Champions League, cementing their place in the knockout phase with a game to spare. Their success has been built on strong defensive foundations; indeed they have conceded just three times in five matches overall. Averaging just 1.2 goals per 90 minutes however, Kitchee could never be called prolific.
Japanese heavyweights Cerezo Osaka have enjoyed smooth sailing in Group J, winning all but one of their first five fixtures in the section under the leadership of experienced manager Levir Culpi. The Sakura have really started to express themselves in the final third and their haul of eight goals in their last two matches highlights the goal-getting power in their ranks.
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Kitchee vs Cerezo Osaka Coverage and Frequently Asked Questions
What stadium will the match be played at?
Friday’s fixture will be played at the Chang Arena in Buriram.
When does this fixture kick off?
The match will start at 12:00 CET (GMT +1) on July 9.
Which team is favourite to win this week?
Cerezo Osaka are the bookies’ favourite to beat Kitchee this week. The Japanese outfit have won four and drawn one of their five Group J fixtures so far.
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