Tondela vs Santa Clara
Portuguese Primeira Liga
Date: Sunday, 5 May 2019
Kick-Off 15:00 UK / 16:00 CET
Venue: Estadio Joao Cardoso (Tondela).
Tondela will be desperate to snatch salvation points on Sunday afternoon when they play host to Santa Clara at Estadio Joao Cardoso. The hosts are level on 31 points with Chaves who are in the red zone with just three games left to play.
Auriverdes are to visit the capital for the Sporting Lisbon clash in the next round, meaning a slip-up here could cost them the opportunity to play top flight football in the next season.
Pepa’s troops generally played hot and cold in the last couple of months. They were pretty consistent in front of the home crowd though.
Tondela won each of last two home outings against Portimonense and Boavista. They should have a nice chance to make it three home victories on the spin here against out-of-form Santa Clara side.
Tondela vs Santa Clara: Head-to-head
Tondela lead the head to head tie by two wins coming into 11th encounter with Os Acoreanos.
Auriverdes won three of four home clashes with Santa Clara.
Interestingly, each of last five head to head encounters saw goals scored at both ends.
Tondela vs Santa Clara: Prediction
The visitors sit 9th in the league ladder and are healthy seven points above the red zone. We can say they enjoyed an overwhelming Primeira Liga campaign having just joined the elite class football last season.
Nonetheless, Joao Henriques’ troops did struggle for creativity in the final third in recent matches and they might face troubles breaking the stern defensive line of Tondela’s on Sunday.
The match has a much bigger importance for the hosts who won three, drew one and lost one (to Porto) of past five home clashes in the league.
Auriverdes also won three of four H2H games with Os Acoeranos on the home patch. We will thus back the home win as the main betting option at 1.80 odds.