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Santa Clara will be facing guests Nacional at Estádio de São Miguel in this Primeira Liga game on Sunday.
All of our predictions, stats and the user poll for Santa Clara v Nacional are shown below - along with the latest match odds.
Santa Clara will be hoping to return to winning ways here following the 2-1 Primeira Liga loss in their previous game against Porto.
In that game, Santa Clara had 38% possession and 5 shots on goal with 3 of them on target. The scorer for Santa Clara was Carlos Júnior (56'). FC Porto had 17 shots at goal with 6 on target. Sérgio Oliveira (49') and Toni Martínez (95') scored for Porto.
In their preceding 6 fixtures, Daniel Ramos's Santa Clara have scored 8 times which gives them an average number of goals scored per match equal to 1.33.
Looking at their past form shows that Santa Clara:
- have not lost a league tie with Nacional in their previous 5 matches.
- have not been beaten in their last 3 league matches at home.
After a loss in their previous game against Portimonense in Primeira Liga competition, Nacional and their travelling supporters will be hoping that they can get a better result in this one.
In that match, Nacional had 42% possession and 12 attempts at goal with 2 on target. The only player on the scoresheet for Nacional was Bryan Róchez (68'). Portimonense had 16 attempts on goal with 9 on target. Beto (33', 54'), Luquinhas (45'), Fali Candé (62') and Fabrício Messias (92') scored for Portimonense.
In a total of 5 of the previous 6 clashes involving Nacional, at least three goals have gone in. The overall average goals scored per game during that spell is 3.33, with the number of goals averaged by Nacional coming out as 0.83.
Going into this game, the form guide shows that Nacional:
- have not emerged victorious against Santa Clara when they've played them away from home in the last 2 league matches.
- are without a win away from home in their last 3 matches in the league.
Head to head
Checking on their past head to head meetings going back to 19/04/2003 tells us that Santa Clara have won 3 of these & Nacional 1, with the number of drawn games being 2.
An aggregate of 20 goals were scored between the two sides in these games, with 13 for Os Açoreanos and 7 belonging to Os Alvinegros. That’s an average goals per game figure of 3.33.
The previous league fixture featuring the two was Primeira Liga match day 9 on 06/12/2020 which ended up with the score at Nacional 1-3 Santa Clara.
That day, Nacional managed 51% possession and 15 shots on goal with 4 of them on target. Their only player to score was Kenji Gorré (36').
Santa Clara had 13 shots at goal with 8 on target. Carlos Júnior (23'), Osama Rashid (34') and Thiago Santana (86') scored.
The referee was Vitor Ferreira.
Team News: Santa Clara
Costinha (Muscle Injury) and Júlio Romão (Knee Injury) will not be able to play for Santa Clara manager Daniel Ramos.
Team News: Nacional
Nacional manager Manuel Machado has not got a full squad to pick from. Daniel Guimarães (Cancer) and Witi (Unknown Injury) will not be playing here.
We believe that Nacional could well find it tough to score goals against this Santa Clara outfit who we reckon should score & stay on top.
We therefore think that it’s going to be a very even contest with a 1-0 victory for Santa Clara at the end of this one.
Looking forward to this.
Our expert partners are tipping under 3.5 goals for this match. Check out their VIP predictions here.
⚽️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Estádio de São Miguel (12,500)
Captain: Fábio Cardoso
Chairman: Rui Miguel Melo Cordeiro
Manager: Daniel Ramos
Competitions: Primeira Liga position 7
🔑 Star Player: Crysan
Usually taking up the Left Wing position, Crysan was born in Sud Menucci, Brazil. Having played his first senior match for Atletico PR in the 2015 season, the talented Forward has accumulated 3 league goals in the Primeira Liga 2020 - 2021 season to date in a total of 16 appearances.