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The Primeira Liga tie at Estádio de São Miguel on Saturday will see home team Santa Clara do battle with opponents Benfica.
Our predictions, user poll and statistics for Santa Clara v Benfica can be found here (inc. the best betting odds).
Santa Clara go into this match following on from a 0-0 Primeira Liga draw against Portimonense.
In that game, Santa Clara managed 25% possession and 10 shots on goal with 2 of them on target. At the other end, Portimonense had 24 attempts on goal with 4 of them on target.
Santa Clara have not been in good attacking form of late. Their ‘goals for’ figure stands at just 4 against opposing sides over their last six outings. In those meetings, Santa Clara have also seen the tally of goals scored against them total 7. It will be interesting to see if that trend will be sustained in this game.
Ahead of this meeting, Santa Clara have not beaten Benfica in their previous 4 league matches.
In their last game, Benfica drew 2-2 in the Primeira Liga tie with Sporting Lisbon.
In that game, Benfica managed 58% possession and 14 shots on goal with 8 of them on target. For Benfica, the scorers were Alexander Bah (27' Own goal) and Gonçalo Ramos (37', 63'). On the other side, Sporting CP had 8 attempts at goal with 3 of them on target. Pedro Gonçalves (52') was the scorer for Sporting Lisbon.
Proving their partiality to fruitful matches, the back of the net has been hit 25 times in the last 6 matches in which Benfica have taken to the field, giving a mean average of 4.17 goals per fixture. Their opponents have managed 8 from this total.
Head to head
A review of their most recent head-to-head clashes going back to 09/11/2019 tells us that Santa Clara have won 1 of these and Benfica 4, with the tally of drawn games standing at 1.
There were also goals galore in those games, with 23 overall which averages out at 3.83 goals per match.
The last league contest between these clubs was Primeira Liga match day 22 on 12/02/2022 which ended up with the score at Benfica 2-1 Santa Clara.
In that game, Benfica managed 69% possession and 16 attempts at goal with 4 of them on target. Their only player on the scoresheet was Darwin Núñez (59', 61').
For their opponents, Santa Clara had 7 attempts on goal with 4 on target. Mohammad Mohebi (20') was the scorer.
The referee was Hélder Malheiro.
Team News: Santa Clara
Anderson Carvalho (Unknown Injury), Tomás Domingos (Unknown Injury) and Marco Pereira (Knee Injury) aren’t available for Santa Clara boss Jorge Simão.
Team News: Benfica
With a completely healthy squad available for selection, the Benfica manager Roger Schmidt does not have any fitness concerns to report coming into this game.
We’re inclined to think that Benfica are likely to be in control for long periods of time and should be able to convert a few of their chances.
However, Santa Clara will not find it easy scoring goals- but, we do see them managing to get on the scoresheet here.
Our tip is for a comfortable 1-3 margin for Benfica at the end of the 90 minutes.
Our expert partners are tipping over 1.5 goals for this match. Check out their VIP predictions here.
⚽️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Estádio de São Miguel (12,500)
Captain: Anderson Carvalho
Chairman: Ricardo Pacheco
Manager: Mário Silva
Competitions: Primeira Liga position 15
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