Our prediction for this Portugal Primeira Liga match:
Following a 1-1 draw with Gil Vicente, Arouca will look to move closer to the Conference League berth when they take on Santa Clara on Saturday. Arouca produced a fine performance in a 1-1 draw with Gil Vicente, and it is no wonder the bookies see them as favourites to beat Santa Clara in front of home fans. Top scorer Oday Dabbagh should continue to lead the line for the hosts, while midfielder Vitinho remains on the sidelines with injury.
Os Acoreanos, on the other hand, sit in the relegation zone with only 15 points in their pocket, meaning that this match is of big importance for the visiting team. Santa Clara, though, have been struggling on the travels on the road, and we do not believe that they are capable of spoiling Arouca’s party at Estadio Municipal. The good news for the visitors is that both Adriano Firmino and Matheus Babi are back from suspensions.
Highlighted Team (Santa Clara):
Santa Clara are a professional football club that compete in the Portuguese Primeira Liga. Os Acoreanos (The Azoreans) play their home games at Estadio de Sao Miguel, the venue which can hold up to 13,277 people.
Estadio de Sao Miguel was built in 1930. Santa Clara are the only team from the Azores Islands to compete in the Primeira Liga. Os Acoreanos are well known for its close connection with famoust Portuguese club Benfica, with the two teams sharing the very same crest until recently.
Santa Clara wear red shirts and white shorts when playing at home ground, whilst white is the dominant colour of their away kit. Os Acoreanos participated in the Intertoto Cup in the 2002/2003 season, with the team beating FC Shirak in round 1 5-3 on aggregate, while suffering a loss to Teplice 2-9 on agg. in round 2. CD Operario from Lagao are considered Santa Clara’s fiercest rivals.