FC Porto vs Santa Clara
Portugal – Cup
Date: Thursday, 19 December 2019
Kick-off at 19:15 UK/ 20:15 CET
Venue: Estádio do Dragão (Porto).
Porto will be heavy favorites this Thursday in the Fifth Round of the Taca de Portugal, considering their home advantage, and their sheer stature in Portugal. Add in the current form of Santa Clara into the mix, and a Porto win becomes almost a certainty.
FC Porto vs Santa Clara Head-to-head (h2h)
- Since 2002, Porto are on a winning streak against this opponent.
- From the previous six games, Santa Clara have managed to score a single goal.
- At this venue, Porto hold a 100% winning record over the visitors.
- It’s been 17 years since Porto have conceded a goal at home.
FC Porto vs Santa Clara Match Preview
While Porto still hold clear superiority over any other team in Portugal, Benfica have been a thorn on their eyes for quite some time. Last season, Porto had to concede the league title after being in the race till the very last match-day.
Even this campaign, whatever Porto have done, Benfica have done better. Despite Porto holding a nine-point lead over the team just below in standings in the Primeira Liga, they are lagging behind toppers Benfica by four points.
Likely, the league crown cannot be expected to come easily, and to ensure some silverware at the end of the season, the Taca de Portugal needs to prioritized.
FC Porto vs Santa Clara Prediction
Porto had to take on Setubal in the previous round of the competition, and aided with the home advantage, they delivered a massive 4-0 victory then. The early red card to the guests probably helped Porto’s cause.
Meanwhile, Santa Clara too recorded a crushing win in the prior round. They were on the road against Leixoes, and inflicted a 1-4 victory over the hosts.
This Thursday, take into account the respective form, and stature of teams in the country. Disregarding European competition, the last loss Porto had suffered came back in August. As of now, they are on an eight-game unbeaten run, of which seven were wins.
At home, the team has not suffered a loss since March other than in the Champions League. They are on a 12-fixture invincible run here, of which 11 were victories. They had also scored 12 goals in their previous four matches here, and kept clean sheets in nine of their last twelve.
On the other hand, Santa Clara are placed just above the relegation zone in the league table, and they have managed a total of one win from their previous eight match-ups. On the road, the team could return just five wins from their preceding twenty-one trips.
In addition, Porto are on a winning run against this opponent in the past 17 years, and have won every such game at this venue in the past two decades. Moreover, they have conceded a total of one goal from the prior six h2h clashes, and have kept a clean sheet in every encounter here since 2002.
Consequentially, count on the hosts Porto to deliver a massive win this Thursday, and anticipate their stupendous defense to play a part in that as well.
FC Porto vs Santa Clara Betting Tips
To Score in First Half: FC Porto @ 1.40 (2/5)
Half Time/ Full Time: FC Porto/ FC Porto @ 1.70 (7/10)
FC Porto to Win & Over 2.5 Match Goals @ 1.75 (3/4)
FC Porto to Win to Nil @ 1.80 (4/5).