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will do battle with visiting club Braga
at Estádio de São Miguel in the Primeira Liga fixture on Friday. Full predictions, pre-match stats and user poll for Santa Clara v Braga are shown on this page (plus the best game odds).
Santa Clara enter this match coming off the back of a 1-1 Primeira Liga stalemate versus Gil Vicente. In that match, Santa Clara managed 53% possession and 4 attempts on goal with 2 of them on target. The only player on the scoresheet for Santa Clara was Thiago Santana (74'). Gil Vicente had 9 shots on goal with 3 of them on target. Bozhidar Kraev (49') was the scorer for Gil Vicente.
João Henriques's Santa Clara have scored a sum total of 7 times over their last 6 outings. The corresponding number of goals that they have conceded in those same fixtures amounts to 6.
Going into this contest, Santa Clara haven't won against SC Braga in their last 5 league matches.
Braga will go into the match after a 3-1 Primeira Liga win against Portimonense in their most recent match. In that game, SC Braga had 58% possession and 19 shots at goal with 9 on target. For SC Braga, the goals were scored by Trincão (31'), Raúl Silva (45') and Ricardo Horta (47'). Portimonense got 13 attempts on goal with 5 of them on target. Aylton (94') scored for Portimonense.
The numbers tell their own story, and Braga have been scored against in 5 of their last 6 games, with opponents netting 7 goals in total. Defensively, Os Arcebispos can certainly do much better.
Looking at the pre-match facts, SC Braga:
- haven't beaten Santa Clara in away games against them for the last 3 league games.
- haven't been beaten by Santa Clara in away games against them for the last 2 league games.
- are unbeaten in their previous 5 league matches away from home.
Head to head
Looking at their most recent head to head meetings dating back to 17/02/2002 tells us that Santa Clara have won 1 of these games and Braga 2, with the tally of drawn matches standing at 3.
A total of 12 goals were yielded between them in this period, with 5 of them from Os Açoreanos and 7 coming from Os Arcebispos. The average goals per game has been 2.
The last league fixture featuring the two was Primeira Liga match day 8 on 28/10/2019 when it finished Braga 2-0 Santa Clara. On that day, Braga managed 56% possession and 20 attempts on goal with 12 on target. The goals were scored by Wilson Eduardo (13') and Ricardo Horta (58'). At the other end, Santa Clara got 8 attempts at goal with 5 of them on target. The match was refereed by Rui Costa.
Team News: Santa Clara
Santa Clara manager João Henriques will be thankful to have no fitness concerns to speak of before this game with a completely injury-free squad available to select from.
In all likelihood, Os Açoreanos could use the 4-3-3 formation for this one, handing starts to Marco Rocha, Zaidu Sanusi, Fabio Cardoso, João Afonso, Pierre Sagna, Osama Rashid, Anderson Carvalho, Francisco Ramos, Zé Manuel, Thiago Santos Santana and Lincoln.
Team News: Braga
Due to a fully healthy group ready to go, Braga boss Custódio Castro has no fitness concerns at all coming into this match.
We believe Os Arcebispos appear most likely to begin the game with a 3-4-3 lineup, settling for Matheus Lima, Bruno Viana, David Carmo, Raúl Silva, Ricardo Esgaio, João Palhinha, Fransergio, Pedro Amador, Francisco Trincão, Paulinho and Ricardo Horta.
Our feeling is that Santa Clara might have a difficult job to register a score against this Braga outfit who we think will end up scoring and possibly keep a clean sheet as well. Therefore, we predict a 0-1 win for Braga when all is said and done. Should be interesting.