Santa Clara vs Sporting CP
Portugal- Primeira Liga
Date: Sunday, 4 November 2018
Kick-Off at 17:30 UK/ 18:30 CET
Venue: Estádio de São Miguel (Ponta Delgada).
The league is tightly contested with only 4 points between the leaders Porto and 6th place Santa Clara.
Joao Henriques and his boys have taken to the league by surprise. The newly-promoted side is 6th in the league table with 4 wins in 8 rounds of matches. They are third in terms of goals scored with 16 goals.
The team from the Azores are on a 4 game winning streak in all competitions and that includes a 3 game streak in the league. They have lost only once in the last 8 matches overall and 7 of those games had over 2.5 goals in total.
But at home, they are not consistent. In the last 6 games at home turf, they have won and lost 2 games each and 4 of their last 5 home matches had over 2.5 goals at the final whistle.
The Lions will feel their opponents breathing behind their necks with just 2 points separating them. The team from Lisbon are 5th in the table with 5 wins and 2 defeats. They are a far better defensive side than their opponents for Sunday, with just 8 goals conceded.
The team managed by Vacant has 3 wins and defeats each in their last 6 games and 5 of those games had a scoreline of over 2.5 goals.
With the league, just 8 rounds old, a win here would give the team which wins a mental advantage over the other when they play the reverse fixture. If the home side wins it will raise questions about the tactics of Vacant.
Santa Clara vs Sporting CP: Head-to-head (h2h)
- There have been 6 h2h clashes between them and The Azoreans are yet to win a game.
- Sporting has 4 wins in those games and 4 games from those 6 had over 2.5 goals.
- In the 3 games at the home of Santa Clara, 2 have been won by the Lions.
- Over 2.5 goals have come in 2 of those 3 games.
Santa Clara vs Sporting CP: Prediction
Sporting has had an uneven run in the last 6 games with 3 losses in them. But they have been playing at the top level of Portuguese football for a long time now. It would be no less than a miracle if the home side beat Sporting in this game. The hosts had some easy home games against teams like Chaves and Boavista who are currently at the bottom of the table. So I don’t see the underdogs winning this match. Thus we can bet on Sporting to win at 1.58 odd.
In h2h stats, over 2.5 goals were scored at the home of Santa Clara in 2 of the 3 matches played there and 4 of the overall 6 matches between them had the same trend. It was no different in 4 of the last 5 home games of the Azoreans and the last 3 away games of Sporting. So it is safe to bet on a score with more than 2.5 goals at 1.87 odd.
Santa Clara vs Sporting CP: Betting Tips
Sporting win @ 1.58 (4/7).
Over 2.5 goals @ 1.87 (7/8).