Aves vs Santa Clara
Portuguese Primeira Liga
Date: Saturday, 27 October 2018
Kick-Off at 15:30 UK / 16:30 CET
Venue: Estadio Clube Desportivo das Aves (Vila das Aves).
Santa Clara are enjoying their time as they returned to the top flight football after a 15-year absence. They sit sky-high 6th after seven rounds of the competition and will come into Saturday’s clash with the rock-bottomed Desportivo Aves in high spirits following back-to-back clean sheet wins over Nacional and Chaves.
Os Acoreanos kept the good form going by dispatching the lower-division Maria da Fonte in the last weekend’s early Taca da Portugal action 1-2 on the road. Can they make it four victories on the bounce in all competitions on Saturday afternoon against Desportivo Aves?
Aves vs Santa Clara: Head-to-head
Aves have a positive head to head record with 13 wins, 10 draws and 8 defeats in 31 encounters against Os Acoreanos.
The two teams played each other this season as the second round of Taca da Liga (League Cup) draw put them together.
Aves advanced on penalties after a 2-2 draw in the regular time in late-July this year.
Four of last six head to head outings brought goals at both ends.
Aves vs Santa Clara: Prediction
Jose Mota’s men seem to have found the right shape after a horrendous start to the new season. They clinched their maiden league win in sixth round dispatching Portimonense 3-0 at home. The success was followed with a narrow 1-0 loss away at Boavista, but Aves further grew in confidence with back-to-back cup wins in last two games.
The hosts first stormed past Rio Ave 3-0 in front of their fans to take the very top of their respective Taca da Liga group standings (Benfica and Pacos de Ferreira also feature the same group). They then eased past lower-division Sacavenense in the last weekend’s Taca da Portugal tie (1-3 on the road).
However, in spite of such a fine Aves’ form, we can hardly see the value in the 2.05 odds offered for the home win pick here. The visitors notched three victories on the spin across competitions and they will certainly be a tough nut to crack here on the occasion.
We’ll thus go for the draw at 3.30 as the main betting option, while you can alternatively push for the draw at the half time at 2.10.
Aves vs Santa Clara: Bet Tips
Draw @ 3.30 (23/10)
Draw at the half time @ 2.10 (11/10).