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Kashima Antlers Seek to End Winless Streak Against Urawa Red Diamonds in Hope of Asian Tournament Qualification

Kashima Antlers will be hoping to end their three-round winless streak and boost their hopes of Asian tournament qualification when they host Urawa Red Diamonds in the 31st round of the Nippon Professional League on Saturday.

Antlers are currently sixth in the table with 47 points, six behind third-placed Red Diamonds, with four rounds remaining. Their home record is solid, with seven wins, three draws, and four losses in 14 league matches. However, their unbeaten run of nine games at home came to an end in their last league match, when they lost 1-2 to Yokohama Marinos.

Red Diamonds suffered their first defeat in the AFC Champions League group stage in midweek, losing 0-2 at home to Pohang Steelers, but they beat Kashiwa Reysol 2-0 at home in their last league match. Their defense has been excellent this season, conceding just 22 goals in 30 league matches, the fewest in the J1 League. This solid defense has been a key factor in their success on multiple fronts.

Kashima Antlers Seek to End Winless Streak Against Urawa Red Diamonds in Hope of Asian Tournament Qualification

In the past ten encounters between the two sides, Antlers have a slight edge, with four wins, four draws, and two losses. They drew 0-0 away to Red Diamonds in the first matchup of this season. Will they be able to get the desired result at home this time around?

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