Chaves vs Santa Clara
Portuguese Primeira Liga
Date: Sunday, 3 March 2019
Kick-Off at 15:00 UK / 16:00 CET
Venue: Estadio Municipal Eng. Manuel Branco Teixeira (Chaves).
Chaves had a very tough schedule in the last couple of weeks. They can blame it for a run of two defeats and a draw in last three league ties given losses came against the likes of Sporting Braga and Benfica. Flavienses thus lost the momentum after back-to-back wins over Portimonense and Maritimo more than a month ago.
These wins earned Chaves a glimmer of hope in the battle for avoiding relegation. They currently sit second from bottom but are just four points shy of the safe zone and 15th place held by Nacional. Nevertheless, Tiago Fernandes’ men will have a tough task returning to winning ways on Sunday when they take on in-form Santa Clara.
Chaves vs Santa Clara: Head-to-head
This will be the third head to head encounter between these two likes this season.
Santa Clara took a 1-0 victory in the league tie in October last year, while Flavienses came on top when teams met each other in late-November in the 4th round of Taca da Portugal (1-2 on the road).
Chaves will rely on the positive trend in home matches against Santa Clara (5 wins, 3 draws and just 2 defeats in 10 outings).
Only two of past five H2H meetings saw goals scored at both ends.
Chaves vs Santa Clara: Prediction
The visitors proved they have what it takes to stay competitive in the top flight football after joining it from Segunda Division last season. They are miles away from the relegation scrap sitting comfortable at sky-high 8th position after 23 rounds.
Os Acoreanos will come into this affair in high spirits following fine displays in back-to-back wins over Rio Ave and Nacional. However, they shipped at least a goal in each of last four league games on the road.
The match has a much greater importance for the hosts who can’t afford a failure if they are to keep hopes of saving the elite class status alive. Based on everything written above, the draw looks to be the most likable of three outcomes.
Chaves vs Santa Clara: Bet Tips
Draw @ 3.10 (21/10)
1-1 Correct Score @ 6.00 (5/1).