The J.League's leaders, Sanfrecce Hiroshima, will be eyeing a sixth league win in a row when they travel to Urawa Reds on Saturday.
Hajime Moriyasu's side have not lost in the league since May 6, and sit three points ahead of Omiya Ardija after beating them 3-1 on Wednesday
They will travel to the Saitama Stadium, with the Reds having won just one of their last five games in all competitions, dropping out of title contention as a result.
The fourth-placed side are one of only three times to beat Sanfrecce this season and, despite their patchy recent form, will look to move back into the AFC Champions League spots by repeating the trick.
If Mihailo Petrovic's side can do the double over the leaders, they could overtake third-placed Yokohama F Marinos who travel to lowly Shonan Bellmare, who have not put back-to-back league wins together all campaign - and beat Kawasaki Frontale last time out.
A Reds win would also allow Ardija to catch up with the leaders on 39 points, provided they beat Kashima Antlers.
Ardija have won just once in the last five games and are on a three-match losing streak, with Antlers' eight-goal dangerman Yuya Osaka likely to pose the biggest threat to them keeping pace with Sanfrecce.
At the bottom of the table, Oita Trinita will remain rooted the bottom even if they get three points against Tokyo, although Ventforet Kofu can move out of the drop zone, provided they register their first win in nine league games.
Kofu's slump has seen them drop to 16th but revenge against Cerezo Osaka will boost their survival hopes.
Levir Culpi's side scored 10 minutes from time to secure a 2-1 victory in the sides' last meeting in March.
Jubilo Iwata can leapfrog Kofu with a win against in-form Nagoya Grampus Eight, who have won four of the last five, while Kawasaki Frontale will look to the league's joint-top scorer, Yoshito Okubo, to keep up his scoring exploits and boost their top-three hopes against Vegalta Sendai.
Albirex Niigata, in 12th, take on 13th-placed Shimizu S-Pulse while Sagan Tosu can build on their 3-2 win over rock-bottom Oita on Wednesday and pull away from the four teams below them against Kashiwa Reysol, who are unbeaten in four.
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