Santa Clara vs Maritimo
Portugal – Primeira Liga
Date: Saturday, 19th January 2019
Kick-off at 20.30 UK/ 21.30 CET
Venue: Estádio de São Miguel (Ponta Delgada).
October was such a great month for the Azoreans that they posted four straight wins in the league. But since then it has been a freefall for them and they are desperately trying to hold on any branch they could hold. The objective has not been met so far, but the team hopes they could turn a new leaf starting from this home-tie.
The squad from Funchal has won their last two games, and though things look like they are slightly in the upper side, they still have to navigate the rough waters that are their away trip to Ponta Delgada.
The Lions of Almirante Reis also holds the “distinguished” record of scoring the least number of goals in the whole league. Aves, the last-placed team in the table, has found the back of the net seven times more than Armando Teixeira’s men.
Santa Clara vs Maritimo Head-to-head (h2h)
- The team from the Azores are unbeaten against this opponent, at home.
- In the last five games, the side hosting the tie scored at least a goal.
- The last nine meetings saw the team on the road scoring a total of three goals.
- In their entire h2h history, an away win has never been posted.
- Seven of the last nine ties saw under 2.5 match goals.
Santa Clara vs Maritimo Prediction
Every time these two took the pitch, the visitors were on the backfoot. In fact, dating back to 1999, there has never been an away win in h2h ties. Another peculiar stat that clearly seems apparent is that games have always been dull and low goal-scoring in nature.
Either of these teams is going through bad patches of form, and right now they do not have the ability nor the mood to go against set trends. Back the Under 2.5 Match Goals with your mind at peace.
It’s true that the Green-and-Reds won their last two games. But one of them was at home, and the other was against Boavista, a team languishing in the relegation zone. I expect them to struggle against the hosts, and in all likelihood, the Azoreans will grind out a win.
Just to be on the safer side, taking into account the comparative bad form Joao Henriques’s men have been in, opt for the Draw No Bet.
Santa Clara vs Maritimo Betting Tips
Draw No Bet: Santa Clara @ 1.60 (3/5)
Under 2.5 Match Goals @ 1.50 (1/2).