Portimonense vs Santa Clara Match Analysis & Prediction
13/01/2023 11:15 pm
Portimonense and Santa Clara will play their second Primeira Liga game of 2023 at Estadio Municipal de Portimao, as both will be looking to get back to winning ways.
While the hosts enter the contest off the back of a 1-0 away defeat to Benfica, Santa Clara were beaten 4-0 at home by Sporting Braga last time out.
Portimonense have been on a three-game losing streak in the Primeira Liga, with the last time they were successful in the league being on November 4, when they claimed a 2-1 away victory against Gil Vicente.
Paulo Sergio’s side also partcipated in the Taca da Liga in November and December, firstly losing 2-0 at Nacional before claiming a 2-0 home victory over Sporting Covilha. They then went on to lose 3-0 to Gil Vicente on home ground.
After winning just one of their last eight Primeira Liga matches, Portimonense are sitting in 11th place after picking up 19 points from their opening 15 matches.
Santa Clara have also had their share of woes in recent occasions in cup competition and in the league, now winless in their last six matches.
Their last success in the Primeira Liga came on November 14, when they claimed a 3-1 victory over Estoril on home ground after going unbeaten in three league matches.
That victory was followed by four Taca da Liga matches in November and December, firstly losing 2-1 away at Leixoes before playing out a 1-1 draw at home against UD Oliveirense, both in Novemver.
They then went on to lose 4-3 away at Feirense on December 8 before suffering a 2-1 home defeat at the hands of Arouca.
Santa Clara then lost their last game of the year, suffering a 1-0 away defeat at the hands of Gil Vicente in the Primeira Liga on December 29, before going down to Sporting Braga in their first game of the new year last time out.
Portimonense vs. Santa Clara Head to head
In the previous 35 meetings between these two sides across all competitions, Portimonense have claimed seven victories while Santa Clara have won 16, and they have drawn in 12. Santa Clara have scored 43 goals and conceded 30 in the process.
16/06/2020Santa Clara1Portimonense1Primeira Liga
01/11/2020Portimonense1Santa Clara2Primeira Liga
13/03/2021Santa Clara2Portimonense0Primeira Liga
17/09/2021Portimonense2Santa Clara1Primeira Liga
21/02/2022Santa Clara1Portimonense1Primeira Liga
Portimonense Team News
Barring any suspension or injury concerns, Portimonense head coach Paulo Sergio is likely to name a strong XI in their bid to get back to winning ways.
Zie Ouattara, Yago Cariello and Adewele Sapara are expected to start as the front three for the hosts in a likely 4-3-3 formation.
Portimonense's Last 5 Matches
19/11/2022Nacional2Portimonense0Taca da Liga
27/11/2022Portimonense2Sporting Covilha0Taca da Liga
14/12/2022Portimonense0Gil Vicente3Taca da Liga
28/12/2022Portimonense1Casa Pia2Primeira Liga
Santa Clara Team News
Santa Clara will only have one absentee in midfielder Bruno Jordao, who is set to miss out for an unknown period of time with an unspecified reason.
The visitors could also line up in a similar 4-3-3 formation, which could see the trio of Ricardinho, Kyosuke Tagawa and Gabriel Silva start up front.
Santa Clara's Last 5 Matches
29/11/2022Santa Clara1UD Oliveirense1Taca da Liga
08/12/2022Feirense4Santa Clara3Taca da Liga
16/12/2022Santa Clara1Arouca2Taca da Liga
29/12/2022Gil Vicente1Santa Clara0Primeira Liga
05/01/2023Santa Clara0Sporting Braga4Primeira Liga
Portimonense vs. Santa Clara: Odds and Predictions
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