As part of the 17th round of the Portuguese championship, Sporting goes to visit one of the outsiders Santa Clara. For Sporting, this is a great opportunity to bypass Porto and take the first place in the standings, as the dragons will have to play with a much more serious opponent. The football match Santa Clara – Porto starts on January 7 at 21:30 Moscow time.
Santa Clara is 15th in the Portuguese Primeira table, with only 13 points and a one-point lead from the relegation zone. At the same time, Santa Clara has one of the worst statistics in the Portuguese championship. In 16 matches played, Santa Clara has scored 14 goals and conceded 32. In both cases, this is the second worst result.
However, in the last month and a half, Santa Clara has gotten in good shape. Of the last 5 matches played, they managed to win two victories and draw once. At the same time, Santa Clara beat Guimaraes and took Estoril’s glasses.
The only serious loss before the match with Sporting CP was the disqualification of defender Rafael Ramos. In the previous match, he received a second yellow card in the 90th minute and was sent off. On the eve of the game with one of the strongest teams in Portugal, this could be a big problem.
Santa Clara’s rise in performance is associated with the return of captain and one of the main center-backs Mikel Villanueva. The Venezuelan recovered, returned to duty, after which his team began to gain points. And the last match against Pacos de Ferreira became the 50th in his career as a football player for the club.
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Sporting is second in the Portuguese championship, behind only Porto. Green and white are inferior to dragons only on the difference between goals scored and conceded. Sporting also has the best defense in Primeira – 7 goals conceded.
Sporting has not lost a single match in the Portuguese championship, only two draws. The last time the green-whites did not win the domestic championship was in September. All defeats this season are in the Champions League only.
However, Sporting has a number of serious roster problems. Several players of the first team are in the infirmary at once. The only one who can appear in the match from the list of injured is Feddal. The defender missed the last 6 matches due to muscle injury, but returned to the general training group.
The broadcast of the match will be available on the official website of the Fonbet bookmaker. You can follow the text broadcast of the match on the website flashscore.ru.
- Sporting is the clear favorite of the match. The odds for the victory of Santa Clara is 8.7, for the victory of Sporting – 1.39.
- All five of the last head-to-head meetings ended in Sporting’s victory. The last time Sporting did not beat Santa Clara was in 2001.
- Sporting’s best striker Paulinho recovered from injury and scored a hat-trick in the last match.
- The forecast for the match is Sporting’s victory with a handicap (-1) for 1.66.
Main Prediction Santa Clara – Sporting CP