Paços de Ferreira are the guests at Estádio de São Miguel on Saturday for the Primeira Liga fixture with home team Santa Clara.
For all of our match predictions, pre-game poll and statistics for Santa Clara v Paços de Ferreira, scroll down - plus the latest match odds.
Santa Clara will be looking to improve on their last outing here after the 1-0 Primeira Liga defeat in their last game at the hands of Gil Vicente.
In that match, Santa Clara had 49% possession and 10 shots on goal with 1 on target. For their opponents, Gil Vicente got 11 attempts on goal with 3 on target. Pedrinho (93') was the scorer for Gil Vicente.
It has not been often in recent games that Santa Clara have kept a clean sheet. In fact, Os Açoreanos have seen their defence breached in 5 of their previous 6 clashes, giving up 5 goals on the way. That pattern might not be carried forward into this match, of course.
Paços de Ferreira
Paços de Ferreira go into this encounter following on from a 2-1 Primeira Liga win vs Vitória Guimarães in their previous game.
In that match, Paços de Ferreira managed 58% possession and 8 shots on goal with 3 on target. For Paços de Ferreira, goals were scored by João Pedro (33') and Hélder Ferreira (62'). Vitória Guimarães got 10 attempts at goal with 3 on target. Óscar Estupiñán (23') was the scorer for Vitória Guimarães.
Throughout their 6 previous matches, Pedro Pêpa's Paços de Ferreira have had reason to celebrate scoring 9 times therefore earning them a goals scored per game average of 1.5.
Head to head
Looking over their past head-to-head clashes dating back to 03/03/2002 shows us that Santa Clara have won 2 of these and Paços de Ferreira 3, with the tally of draws being 1.
14 goals were shared by the two clubs throughout the course of those matches, with 6 for Os Açoreanos and 8 created by Os Castores. The average number of goals per game works out to 2.33.
The last league contest featuring these sides was Primeira Liga match day 4 on 18/10/2020 when the final score was Paços de Ferreira 2-1 Santa Clara.
In that match, Paços de Ferreira managed 45% possession and 12 attempts on goal with 3 of them on target. Goals were scored by Oleg Reabciuk (35') and Douglas Tanque (72').
Santa Clara got 15 attempts at goal with 5 of them on target. Thiago Santana (69') scored.
The match was refereed by Vitor Ferreira.
Team News: Santa Clara
Júlio Romão (Knee Injury), Costinha (Muscle Injury) and Cristian González (Unknown Injury) will not be able to play for Santa Clara manager Daniel Ramos.
Team News: Paços de Ferreira
Paços boss Pedro Pêpa has a number of players out of action. Jorge Silva (Ligament Injury) and Mohamed Diaby (Achilles tendon surgery) are names that won’t be on the team sheet.
Our feeling is that Paços de Ferreira and Santa Clara could well both score and end up finding themselves in a fairly even game here.
A close call, and we think a draw is quite likely. We therefore see a tight encounter, finishing with a 1-1 scoreline at the end of the 90.
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)
Chairman: Rui Miguel Melo Cordeiro
Manager: Daniel Ramos
Competitions: Primeira Liga position 8
🔑 Star Man: Crysan
Mostly playing in 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 got 2 league goals in this Primeira Liga 2020 - 2021 campaign so far from a total of 12 appearances.