Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo and Albirex Niigata have both struggled of late, but they have a chance to jumpstart a turnaround when the two sides meet on Saturday at 1 pm JST in a match that will be streamed live on the J.League International YouTube channel.
Consa have only won one of their last six, struggling with their typically faulty defense. It has been four months since they kept a clean sheet and with their attack only scoring at a good clip, and not the historically excellent rate that they were at one point, the wins have dried up. But they still have an attack that can lead them to victory on any day and they will be hoping that happens for them on Saturday.
Albi have struggled similarly, with one win in their last seven, but it hasn’t been entirely because of the defense. Their back line has held up in several matches, but the attack let them down, as was the case in a 1-0 loss to Vissel Kobe last week. The departure of Ryotaro Ito to Europe has made things more difficult, but Shunsuke Mito continues to play well beyond his age of 20 years old and could be the man to lead them going forward.
The J.League announced that up to four matches will be streamed live each week for the 2023 season, bringing one of Asia’s top league’s to fans around the world. The streams will be free to view on the J.League International YouTube channel in any country that does not have an existing rights agreement.