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Paços de Ferreira will be taking on visiting rivals Santa Clara at Estádio Capital do Móvel in this Primeira Liga clash on Sunday.
Our full set of predictions, statistics and match poll for Paços de Ferreira v Santa Clara can be seen below - plus the latest match odds.
Paços de Ferreira
Paços de Ferreira won’t want a repeat of their last result here after a 1-0 Primeira Liga defeat last time out to Vitória Guimarães.
In that game, Paços de Ferreira managed 47% possession and 16 attempts at goal with 7 of them on target. Vitória Guimarães had 8 attempts at goal with 1 on target. André André (83') scored for Vitória Guimarães.
It has been all too rare in recent games where Paços de Ferreira have shown defensive steel. The reality is that Os Castores have been scored against in 6 of their previous 6 matches, leaking 9 goals along the way.
Coming into this fixture, Paços de Ferreira have not beaten Santa Clara in their last 2 matches in the league.
In their previous game, Santa Clara drew 0-0 in the Primeira Liga match with Gil Vicente.
In that game, Santa Clara had 51% possession and 11 attempts at goal with 3 on target. The only player to score for Santa Clara was Carlos Júnior (30'). Gil Vicente had 7 attempts at goal with 1 of them on target.
A run of hard-working displays by the Santa Clara defence has seen the number of goals they’ve conceded standing at 4 from their last 6 clashes overall. Over that same time, their forwards have scored 10. That sort of trend isn’t assured to be carried forward into this match, of course.
Ahead of this clash, Santa Clara are unbeaten in their previous 2 league matches away from home.
Head to head
If we look at their past head to head meetings dating back to 13/10/2001, there has been little to separate the clubs with Paços de Ferreira winning 2 of those games, Santa Clara 2 and 2 being draws after 90 minutes of play.
A combined total of 13 goals were scored between the two sides throughout the course of those matches, with 7 from Os Castores and 6 created by Os Açoreanos. The average number of goals per game works out to 2.17.
Team News: Paços de Ferreira
There aren’t many personnel worries, with just one fitness concern for the Paços de Ferreira manager Pedro Pêpa to contend with from an otherwise fully-primed set of players. Jorge Silva (Ligament Injury) will miss out.
Team News: Santa Clara
Santa Clara boss Daniel Ramos has a number of players out of action. Lincoln (Muscle Injury), Fábio Cardoso (Injury to the ankle) and André Mesquita (Muscle Injury) are not ready for selection.
We feel that Santa Clara and Paços de Ferreira could well both score and end up finding themselves in a fairly even game here.
Will be interesting to see how this one goes, with a good chance of a draw. With that in mind, we reckon that it will be a very close game with a 1-1 score draw at the end of this game.
🏟️ Team Focus:
Paços de Ferreira
Stadium: Estádio Capital do Móvel (9,076)
Captain: Pedro Pedrinho
Chairman: Paulo Meneses
Manager: Pedro Pêpa
Competitions: Primeira Liga position 15