Our prediction for this Portugal Primeira Liga match:
After failing to spoil Porto’s party at Estadio do Dragao, Santa Clara will look to put an end to their nine-game losing run in the Primeira Liga when they face Chaves on Matchday 29. Os Acoreanos are low on confidence ahead of Sunday’s clash, and given their slim survival chances, home win should not be considered. Forward Kyosuke Tagawa is pushing for a rare start after scoring as a substitute in the 2-1 loss to Porto, while defender Paulo Henrique is back from suspension.
Os Valentes, on the other hand, aim to build on a hard-fought 1-0 win over league leaders Benfica, and we predict that they will take advantage of Santa Clara’s shaky defence. Both Nwankwo Obiorah and Jonathan Arriba are major doubts, while there are no suspended players in the visiting team ahead of the trip to Ponta Delgada.
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.