Santa Clara vs Chaves
Portuguese Primeira Liga
Date: Friday, 5th October 2018
Kick-Off at 18:00 UK / 19:00 CET
Venue: Estadio de Sao Miguel (Ponta Delgada).
Santa Clara were expected to struggled own in the relegation scrap in their maiden top flight season in 15 years. However, they well confounded pre-season ambitions and sit as high as 7th coming into the 7th round tie with Chaves at Estadio de Sao Miguel.
The visitors got off to a somewhat slower kick off to the new campaign, but they seem to have caught the wanted rhythm. Flavienses moved on to 10th place in the league ladder after winning four points in two very tough fixtures against Boavista (1-2 win on the road) and Benfica (2-2 draw at home).
Which of the two sides will be in position to maintain the fine spell of form on Friday evening in Ponte Delgada?
Santa Clara vs Chaves: Head-to-head
Santa Clara have a positive record in head to head matches against Flavienses.
Os Acoreanos were dominant in home fixtures against Chaves, beating them 6 times and losing just 2 of 11 games at Estadio de Sao Miguel.
The two sides met each other almost a year ago in Taca da Portugal when Santa Clara stunned Flavienses 2-0 on the home patch.
Three of last five head to head encounters produced goals at both ends.
Santa Clara vs Chaves: Prediction
The hosts have been thriving in the final third of late. They average more than two goals per game in the season (13 goals in 6 matches so far) and they’ll come into this off the back of a demolishing 0-3 victory away at Nacional last weekend.
Fernando, Osama Rashid and Denis Pineda were on target in the victory at Estadio da Madeira. Knowing that Chaves also played some high-scoring contest in the last couple of weeks, including the mentioned 2-2 draw against heavyweights Benfica, we have to go for the BTTS bet as the main option at the odds of 1.80.
As for the outcome, the value is with the visitors not to lose at 1.61.
Santa Clara vs Chaves: Bet Tips
BTTS @ 1.80 (4/5)
Chaves or Draw @ 1.61 (8/13).