Estádio de São Miguel: Santa Clara vs Nacional Primeira Liga preview

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Competition: Portugal Primeira Liga
Competition: Sun 11.April
Match begins: 14:30 (UTC)
Venue: Estádio de São Miguel (13277 seats)

With their 11 point advantage in the league table, Santa Clara fans are hoping to see their team collect maximum points from this game against Nacional.

Insights:
  • Santa Clara have the fewest dropped points from leading position (0) in Primeira Liga
  • Nacional is in the worst form (0-0-6)

There should be plenty of energy on the pitch in this game, as both sides have had time to recuperate from their last game. Let's hope both teams are ready to give it all.

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Santa Clara form and stats

When playing at home in the Primeira Liga, Santa Clara have managed 4 wins, 3 draws and suffered 5 defeats from 12 games.

Santa are hoping to put things right at home after a defeat in their previous match, the score 1-2 away versus Porto. Before that, Santa drew at home versus Tondela.

The defeat against Porto was especially painful as the deciding goal against was scored five minutes into stoppage time (by Martinez Toni).

The home team are moderate favourites in this game. How does Santa handle that role? We have found ten games in our database similar to this one, based on the home odds. The stats for these games are four wins, three draws and three defeats.

Santa has scored 13 league goals at home this season, in 12 matches. 12 goals have been conceded. There's been improvement defensively lately, as only 1 of these goals has been conceded in their last 3 home matches.

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Nacional form and stats

The hunting on away grounds haven’t been very fruitful for Nacional so far with only 9 points returning home. The records show 2-3-7 (win-draw-lose). Football is a nightmare at the moment for Nacional who have suffered through a seven match losing streak. If there's light at the end of the tunnel it's certainly not visible for the supporters. Three might be a magic number, but there's been little wizardry in Nacional's last three away games as they have all been lost.

This game can not go any worse than the last one, a Primeira Liga home defeat versus Portimonense with 1-5 on the scoreboard. It was a defeat before that one as the away game against Gil Vicente wasn't a success with a 0-2 loss.

Nacional lost the plot completely in their previous game, as mentioned above. They need to recover quickly from that 1-5 beating and focus on this one.

Nacional are the outsiders in this one, but not by much. Their performance in similar games (being the away team and moderate outsiders) is one win, one draw and nine defeats. From a total of eleven matches.

Many goals are not expected from the visiting Nacional as they have only managed to score 7 times from 12 away games in the league. As opposed to that, Nacional have seen the ball go into their own net 15 times on the road.

Head 2 Head

These teams' last encounter with each other was the Nacional - Santa 1-3 earlier this season. Head-2-head stats last six meetings: four - two - zero (Santa wins - draws - Nacional wins). As for goals, four matches ended with three or more goals (over 2,5), two had two or less.

Top Goalscorers

Santa ClaraC. Carvalho da Silva Junior
C. Carvalho da Silva Junior
9 goals
NacionalJ. Riascos Valencia
J. Riascos Valencia
5 goals
NacionalB. Rochez Mejia
B. Rochez Mejia
5 goals

Santa Clara missing players

Nacional missing players

Santa Clara Nacional
Total Home vs low Statistics Stat vs mid Away Total
25 12 3 Played P 4 12 25
9 4 1 Won W 0 2 5
5 3 1 Drew D 1 3 6
11 5 1 Lost L 3 7 14
28 13 4 Scored S 1 7 23
28 12 3 Conceded C 5 15 39
96% 92% 100% Over 0.5 O 0.5 75% 83% 88%
76% 75% 100% Over 1.5 O 1.5 50% 58% 72%
44% 33% 33% Over 2.5 O 2.5 25% 33% 48%
8% 8% 0% Over 3.5 O 3.5 0% 8% 20%
0% 0% 0% Over 4.5 O 4.5 0% 0% 12%
52% 33% 67% BTTS BTTS 25% 42% 56%
24% 42% 33% Clean Sheets C S 25% 33% 24%
28% 33% 0% Failed to Score F T 75% 42% 32%
 
0 0 0 Corners for (avg) C F 0 0 0
0 0 0 Corners against (avg) C A 0 0 0
2.9 2.7 4.3 Yellow cards (avg) Y C 2 2.8 2.8
2 2 2 Red cards R C 2 2 3
 
10.3 10.5 13.7 Shots (avg) S ( 13.2 9.7 11.3
3.2 3 3.7 Shots on Target (avg) S O 3.2 3.1 3.7
35% 36% 36% Goal Efficiency G E 8% 19% 25%
Key stats in Primeira Liga this season:
  • Nacional have conceded at least twice as many goals as they have scored away.
  • Nacional is in the worst form (0-0-6)
  • Santa Clara have the fewest dropped points from leading position (0) in Primeira Liga

  Total Home Away  
# Team MP W D L F A MP W D L F A MP W D L F A +/- P
1 Sporting CP 24 20 4 0 46 11 12 10 2 0 23 6 12 10 2 0 23 5 35 64
2 Porto 25 17 6 2 53 24 13 9 3 1 27 12 12 8 3 1 26 12 29 57
3 Benfica 24 15 6 3 42 17 12 9 2 1 22 8 12 6 4 2 20 9 25 51
4 Sporting Braga 24 16 2 6 44 25 12 9 1 2 21 10 12 7 1 4 23 15 19 50
5 Pacos de Ferreira 24 13 5 6 33 23 12 9 2 1 21 9 12 4 3 5 12 14 10 44
6 Vitoria Guimaraes 24 10 5 9 29 30 12 5 1 6 15 20 12 5 4 3 14 10 -1 35
7 Santa Clara 25 9 5 11 28 28 12 4 3 5 13 12 13 5 2 6 15 16 0 32
8 Moreirense 24 7 9 8 23 30 12 3 7 2 15 16 12 4 2 6 8 14 -7 30
9 Gil Vicente 25 8 4 13 24 31 12 4 2 6 10 12 13 4 2 7 14 19 -7 28
10 Rio Ave 25 6 9 10 19 28 13 4 4 5 11 12 12 2 5 5 8 16 -9 27
11 Portimonense 25 7 5 13 27 31 12 5 3 4 15 10 13 2 2 9 12 21 -4 26
12 Belenenses 24 5 11 8 14 21 12 3 5 4 10 13 12 2 6 4 4 8 -7 26
13 Tondela 24 7 4 13 23 39 12 7 2 3 13 10 12 0 2 10 10 29 -16 25
14 Famalicao 24 5 8 11 24 37 12 1 6 5 11 21 12 4 2 6 13 16 -13 23
15 Farense 24 5 7 12 23 32 12 3 4 5 14 14 12 2 3 7 9 18 -9 22
16 Boavista 24 4 9 11 24 37 12 3 2 7 10 17 12 1 7 4 14 20 -13 21
17 Nacional 25 5 6 14 23 39 13 3 3 7 16 24 12 2 3 7 7 15 -16 21
18 Maritimo 24 6 3 15 21 37 12 2 2 8 7 20 12 4 1 7 14 17 -16 21

Read more about Primeira Liga

The Primeira Liga, also known as Liga NOS, is the top level of football in Portugal. It has 18 teams each playing 34 fixtures to decide the final league table. Portuguese football is dominated by “The Big Three”: Benfica, Porto and Sporting CP (Lisbon). These three clubs generally end up in the top three positions.