Moreirense – Santa Clara : Preview & Prediction
Moreirense and Santa Clara are fighting at the Comendador Joaquim de Almeida Fr Sports Park in a meeting for the Portuguese Cup (Eighth Finals). There is only one recent direct showdown between these two teams, on 04-28-14, which ended with Moreirense’s (0-1) victory. Special attention is needed for the home / away condition, since both teams present significantly different results in their home and away games.
Analysis of Moreirense
Until reaching this phase of the Portuguese Cup (Round of 16), the home team had to eliminate: Felgueiras 1932 and Canelas 2010. This is a team affected by the home factor, stronger when you play in front of your fans, since in the last 30 appearances 3 wins, 6 draws and 6 losses as a visitor, with 14 goals scored and 21 conceded, against 6 wins, 6 draws and 3 defeats at home, with 19 goals scored and 14 conceded. The team arrives at this meeting after a defeat away with Rio Ave by (2-1). Moreirense won 4, drew 4 and lost 2 of his last 10 home games for all competitions. Defensive solidity has not been his strong point, having conceded goals in 9 of the last 10 games. There are 2 periods in the last 10 home games in all competitions: he scored 6 of his 11 goals in the minutes (31′-45 ‘); suffered 4 of his 10 goals in the minutes (76’-90 ‘).
Sérgio Vieira’s players arrive for this round with a defeat at Rio Ave by 2-1, adding the third game without winning in several competitions: the only goal of the team was scored by Ronaldo Peña. Now for the Portuguese Cup, the coach of the home should align the team in 4-3-3 with Ronaldo Peña the man responsible for creating dangerous moves on the defensive line of the opponent. Rafael Costa is one of the best finishers of the Moreirense team with 2 goals scored. For this game the coach can not count on Dramé and Ença Fati, both injured.
Analysis of Santa Clara
Until reaching this stage of the Portuguese Cup (Round of 16), the visiting team eliminated: Chaves, Belenenses and Gondomar. This is a team affected by the home factor, stronger when they play with the support of their fans, since in the last 30 games has recorded 6 wins, 1 draw and 8 defeats as a visitor, with a total of 19 goals scored and 22 suffered. Already inside the home, it won 9 wins, 3 draws and 3 losses, with a total of 25 goals scored and 13 conceded. The team arrives in this match after a defeat away with the Famalicão by (5-2). In the last 10 matches played in all competitions, Santa Clara won 5 and lost 5. Defensive solidity has not been their strong point, having conceded goals in 8 of the last 10 games but their attack has regularly scored , having scored goals in 9 of the last 10 games.
The Santa Clara team is going through a difficult period of the season and at this moment they add three consecutive games without winning. In the last game the team lost away from home against the Famalicão by 5-2. In this away game, coach Carlos Pinto should keep his team in 4-4-2, opting for a more defensive strategy, exploring only the counterattack: João Reis is a very fast and excellent player in driving the ball for the attack . It is worth mentioning that Thiago is Santa Clara’s top scorer with 9 goals scored. Apparently there are no embezzlements for this game.
Moreirense – Santa Clara : Betting Tips
Moreirense – Win Odds: 1.65
Both teams to score / YES – Odds: 1.70
Over 2.5 Goals – Odds: 1.70