Sporting CP vs Santa Clara
Portugal – Primeira Liga
Date: Friday, 15th March 2019
Kick-off at 20.30 UK/ 21.30 CET
Venue: Estádio José Alvalade (Lisabon).
Sporting is at home, and that alone is a dangerous proposition. On top of that, they are in excellent form. The team is sitting comfortably at the fourth position, with sights set on Europe. But unbeknownst to them, a scope for complacency is creeping in.
The team has a lead of ten points over their next competitor, and catching Porto and Braga, who currently occupies the Champions League spots, seems out of the question. This sense of calm might just act against them if Santa Clara is willing to take advantage of it.
But the same could be said of Clara too. They are in the mid-table, and with just nine rounds remaining, are not in any immediate danger. Also, the nearest European spot is at least 20 points above.
Nerves should not be a factor in this tie, and it’s just a question of who wants the win more.
Sporting CP vs Santa Clara Head-to-head (h2h)
- Sporting won the last four games in a row.
- Five of the last seven games saw Sporting scoring two or more goals.
- Santa Clara has never won at this venue.
- The combined scoreline for the last three meetings at this stadium is, 6-2, in favor of the hosts.
Sporting CP vs Santa Clara Prediction
Sporting is an entire class above Santa Clara and has the additional home advantage to rely upon. These facts give an almost accurate idea about the victor of this upcoming tie. Moreover, Santa has never won against Sporting. A 100% unbeaten record.
Also, Sporting won 15 of their last 20 home ties, while Santa Clara was winless in four of their last five away games. On the basis of these, the inference is a home win. The team has scored two or more goals in ten of their last twelve home ties, and they will easily get on the scoresheet in the first half itself.
Coming to goals, Sporting might have recorded a very high number of wins in their recent home fixtures, but the number of clean sheets is very low. They had their defense breached in 11 of their last 15 attempts at home, and in 11 of their last 13 overall games.
Combined to these, when it’s taken into account that, the fixture is not that crucial for the hosts, their backline need not be on the toes the whole ninety minutes.
The visitors will take advantage of this scenario, and record at least one goal this Friday.
Sporting CP vs Santa Clara Betting Tips
Both Teams to Score @ 2.20 (6/5)
Sporting to Score in the First Half @ 1.44 (4/9).