Santa Clara vs Benfica
Portugal – Primeira Liga
Date: Friday, 11th January 2019
Kick-off at 19.00 UK/ 20.00 CET
Venue: Estádio de São Miguel (Ponta Delgada).
Santa Clara is going through one of the worst phases in their recent history. The team has put themselves in a real crisis, and what’s curious is that the side has suffered the most at home. The team tried their level best to secure at least a draw in their last home-tie, against Tondela. But the scoreline of 0-0 was altered late into the game. Luis Pedro (Pite) recorded two late goals to snatch the game away from the hosts.
Benfica completed a marvelous comeback in their last game, against Rio Ave, last week. Within the first twenty minutes of the game, Rio had raced to a 0-2 lead. But the home players held on with nerves of steel. They then scored four unanswered goals to take the three points. The team morale will surely be sky-high after this hard-earned win.
Santa Clara vs Benfica Head-to-head (h2h)
- Except for a lone goalless draw, the Eagles have a 100% winning record against Santa Clara.
- Benfica has scored a total of seven goals in their last four away games against the Azoreans.
- The Reds scored two goals each in three of their last four h2h games against this opponent.
- The Glorioso kept clean sheets in five of their total seven official h2h ties against Santa Clara.
Santa Clara vs Benfica Prediction
The Azoreans have lost their last five home ties in a row. The team conceded two or more goals in each of those games. Against Benfica, a team with one of the best away records in the whole league, there seems not much hope.
The Eagles would have had a 100% winning record against Santa Clara if not for a single goalless draw. Also, Joao Henriques’s men have failed to score in five of their last seven official h2h games. That trend will likely be extended this weekend.
Five of the last six wins in h2h matches had a winning margin of one goal. It’s true that Santa Clara is going through a tough phase at home, but they will not make it a walk in the park for the Reds. Most probably the visitors will be able to score only a single goal.
Santa Clara vs Benfica Betting Tips
Clean Sheet: Benfica – YES @ 1.90 (9/10)
Winning Margin: 1 for Benfica @ 3.50 (5/2).
Correct Score: 0-1, Benfica @ 7.00 (6/1).