Both sides finished in the middle of the table during the regular season in Japan and now will search glory in the Emperor's CUP.
Cerezo Osaka won over strong home side Sendai, away from home after 1:1 in the regular time and 2:4 after penalties. That will boost their confidence for sure and I expect them strong motivated to use their home advantage in this game against poor Shizumi S-Pulse. Cerezo got advantage as they won their last 2 matches against Shizumi at home. Cerezo is typical home side, recording 7-0-3 in their last 10 home games. They are offensive minded team, making 11 overs in their last 12 games here.
Shizumi S-Pulse elminated low division JEF, after 2:0 at home. Away from home Shizumi are quite weaker, as they got 0-5-6 in their last 11 visits. Anyway they are not having scoring problems on the road, and having in mind the shaky hosts defense and that guests have nothing to lose, I expect Shizumi searching the goal. They did it in 6 of their last 7 away matches.
Both sides are offensive minded and 3 of their last 4 meetings finished with over 3.5 goals, so I expect another over here