Santa Clara will take on Estoril. The match will take place at Estadio de Sao Miguel in Ponta Delgada on Monday, November 14.
Saint Clara is not part of the greats of Portuguese football. However, he reached his peak in the last season. A historic record was then set with 6th place in Primeira’s final standings. It was even possible to get into the Conference League. The “Azoreans”, who were waiting for a Balkan tour, were there. They cleared both the Macedonian and Slovenian “Shkupi” without difficulty. Partizan proved to be stronger than the Serbian Grand, but only a 2-1 defeat at home. Santa Clara moved to 7th place in the championship. Now, it is actively involved in the fight for survival. It has seen some success recently. Mario Silva’s wards won 1-0 against Vizela after a loss in the cup and 1 point in four rounds. This was only the second victory in this championship. Then came a thrilling 1-1 against Porto. Unfortunately, the score was not equalized in time and Porto did not respond. The game ended in a goalless draw against Chaves on Monday.
Estoril is the capital. Or, in other words, it’s one of the Lisbon suburbs. There are no periodic rises from Segunda in the list of their merits. The Segunda won the 2nd division again in the previous year. The newcomer also managed to finish at top of the 2021/2022 standings. The maximum density was however, and the difference in the 8th and 13th places was only 1 point, 39 to 38. The statistics for the “canaries”, however, are almost identical. They started off well with 4 wins and 4 losses in the first nine rounds. Things got worse towards the end of October. It was still a draw with “Portimonense”, 1-1. But “Braga and Benfica had defeated them, and without even the slightest chance of winning, 0-2, and 1-5.
Estoril has won just once in 12 head-to-head matches over the past decade. Santa Clara has 4 wins and lost 2-0 in their most recent match in April. Bookmakers think that Santa Clara can win again, as they play at home. Both clubs aren’t very good so the “under 2.5 goals” bet seems like a passable option.
Prediction: The match will be played with goals of less than 2.5.