Santa Clara vs Nacional Predictions and Match Preview

Santa Clara vs Nacional
Portugal – Primeira Liga
Date: Sunday, 24th February 2019
Kick-off at 15.30 UK/ 16.30 CET]
Venue: Estádio de São Miguel (Ponta Delgada).

These two teams cannot figure out a way, for the life of them, to keep their backlines secure. Every time they line up on the pitch, goals come in one after the other and has really dented their chances to figure in the top half. Forget top tier, Nacional has the relegation threat just behind them, and if their form doesn’t pick up from here on, this season could end disastrously for them.

The team will still be having nightmares about the last road trip they took. Against Benfica, they were humiliated with ten goals going into their nets, and could not even return a single one. They tried to restore their pride by taking out their frustration on poor, old Feirense. Buoyed with the home advantage this time, the players slotted four past their visitors.

Fans can call it whatever they want. But that would not count as revenge. You don’t pop your collar after beating up your bully’s little brother.

Santa Clara vs Nacional Head-to-head (h2h)

  • Both teams found the back of the net in all their meetings at this venue.
  • Santa Clara registered two or more goals in two of their last three home ties.
  • Six of the last seven matches had over 2.5 goals.
  • Santa Clara has never failed to score in an h2h tie.
  • The team recorded three or more goals in their last two attempts.

Santa Clara vs Nacional Prediction

Goals have been the highlight of these two teams’ games this season. Santa Clara conceded in 12 of their last 13 home ties and received two or more in ten of these. Coming to Nacional, four of their last five fixtures had over 2.5 goals, and their last two alone had 14 in total. The team also had their backlines breached in 20 of their last 22 matches on the road, and in their last ten in a row. Their last nine alone had 36 conceded goals combined.

H2h ties also show a similar nature. Only one encounter between these teams has ever gone without over 2.5 goals. And 100% of meetings at this venue witnessed goals at either end of the pitch.

Taking all these into account, the most logical conclusion is that the upcoming fixture will be a goal-fest. There’s all the probability in the world for the first 45 minutes to see at least a goal, and for the match to have at least three.

Santa Clara vs Nacional Betting Tips

  • Over 0.5 First Half Goals @ 1.40 (2/5)
  • Over 2.5 Match Goals @ 2.00 (1/1).