Ponte Preta vs Santos FC
Brazil – Serie A
Date: Thursday, 12th October 2017
Kick-off at 21:00 UK/ 22:00 CET
Venue: Estadio Moises Lucarelli (Sao Paulo).
Ponte Preta are struggling at the bottom half of the Serie A table after managing just 1 win from their last 11 matches. The team lost 2-1 to Cruzeiro last time up and this was their fourth defeat in the space of six games.
Yet, the things at the bottom half of the table are quite tight that a couple of good results could lift Ponte Preta to the Sudamericana qualification zone. The worse side is that they are not looking like a team capable of doing so.
Truth to be told, if Ponte Preta are to achieve anything this season, this has to come through their results at home. However, they started to slip up after impressing in first half of the season.
Santos have completely differently objectives at sight when the take the field at Estadio Moises Lucarelli on Thursday night. They are second in the league and are looking to cut the deficit with leaders Corinthians, who are at an 8-point distance. They are coming in good shape with 3 wins from the last 4, while losing the other.
The team managed by Levir Culpi is known for its defensive strength. They are not a high scoring team, which had often caused them troubles in away games.
Santos scored 27 goals this season, which placed them 16th in the goal-scoring chart. Away from home, it is 11 from 13 games, which means they have to rely on their defense if they are to get a positive result against Ponte Preta.
Ponte Preta vs Santos: Head-to-head
We saw a boring goal-less draw when the teams met in the reverse leg of the corresponding fixture earlier this June.
Santos won in 4 of their previous 5 duels in all competitions, while losing the other.
Ponte Preta have a good record against Santos while playing at home, with 6 wins from the last 8 in all competitions while losing the other two.
Ponte Preta vs Santos: Predictions
Ponte Preta are a decent home team, but I doubt if they got the goods to stay up against a quality team like Santos. Their main struggle will be to break down the superior defense of the visitors, who are arguably the best in the leagues.
Meantime, Santos do not score a lot a goal, therefore I could see this match being decided by a solitary goal.
Correct Score Prediction: 1-0 away win for Santos at 7.50 odds.
Ponte Preta vs Santos: Bet Tips
- FT – Santos to win for 2.55 odds.
- Under 2.5 match goals for 1.55 odds seems like a potential banker.
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