J.League Division 1 Matchday 27 in 10 stats

  • Leandro’s goalscoring and his importance to Gamba Osaka is self-evident, but less noticed is that the Suita side are yet to lose a J.League match in which he has been part of the starting eleven. His 92nd minute equaliser against Kashima Antlers extends that remarkable sequence of results to eight games.
  • Only Sanfrecce Hiroshima and Urawa Red Diamonds (17) have taken more points from their fixtures than Gamba (16) since Leandro made his first start on Matchday 19. Cerezo Osaka and Shimizu S-Pulse have also taken sixteen points in the same period of time.

  • Leandro’s brace makes Gamba Osaka the division’s top scorers at the end of Matchday 27. Despite this, they remain mired in the relegation places following results elsewhere.
  • Hisato Sato’s brace for Sanfrecce took his tally for the current campaign to twenty, already equalling Ryoichi Maeda’s 2009 season-high total, and with the potential for the greatest number of goals scored in the top flight since Araujo’s 34 for Gamba Osaka in 2005 come the end of the year.
  • Sato may be the top scorer in the division, but on a goals per appearance basis no player in the division rivals Leandro, with an average of 1.375 goals per game. Weighted over a season, this would see a return of 46/47 goals.
  • Sagan Tosu’s late goal at Sanfrecce Hiroshima means the league leaders have failed to post a clean sheet in eight of their last nine league games.
  • With their 4-1 victory over Sagan Tosu, Sanfrecce Hiroshima became the first club in J.League Division 1 to make relegation a mathematical impossibility.
  • Consadole Sapporo’s brief stay in J.League Division 1 is over. Owing to the Matchday 29 fixture between Omiya Ardija and Albirex Niigata and because one of those teams is guaranteed at least a point from the tie, it renders the Hokkaido side’s ability to finish 15th a mathematical impossibility. As such, Consadole are relegated as of Matchday 27 and will return to Division 2 in 2013.
  • The points differential between the league leaders Sanfrecce Hiroshima and Consadole Sapporo (43) is already higher than the largest recorded in two of the seven seasons since the change to a single season, eighteen club format in 2005. By Matchday 34 they could exceed the largest points differential between a winning J.League side and the team finishing last (56), which occurred in 2010 with Nagoya Grampus ending the season on 72 points, and Shonan Bellmare on 16. Furthermore, Consadole Sapporo’s goal difference of -50 is only one digit better than the worst recorded since 2005, again registered by Shonan Bellmare in 2010, a mark certain to be surpassed with seven matches still to play.
  • Albirex Niigata’s 5-0 thumping of Nagoya Grampus was their biggest ever victory, their biggest margin of victory and the first time they have scored five goals in a single match in the top flight.

3 thoughts on “J.League Division 1 Matchday 27 in 10 stats

  1. “They remain on course to break a number of records by Matchday 34, including breaching the record -61 goal difference of Shonan Bellmare in 2010.”

    Actually Bellmare had a -51 goal difference in 2010, not -61. So Sapporo will definitely break this record with the matches versus Urawa Reds and Sanfrecce.

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