Prediction on game
On January 5, São Miguel (Ponta Deglada) will host the match of the 15th round of the Liga Portugal, in which Santa Clara will compete with Braga. The battle will start at 21:15 CET.
The club set its historical record in the last but one season, taking the final 6th place in the Primeira. Moreover, despite the debut in the Conference League, the team was able to finish the previous season in the pretty high 7th place. To say the truth, there is a decline in the new season: “the Azoreans” used to fight for European tournaments, but nowadays, the team is actually busy with its survival. Fortunately, there exist several weaker teams in the division and Santa Clara obviously added in the game closer to the end of autumn, having 4 matches without a defeat. Then, however, there was a fail in the League Cup or, may be, the team got rid of an unnecessary workload. Nevertheless, even after that, there was a 0-1 defeat in the struggle with Gil Vicente in the Primeira.
The team has its own niche in Portuguese football. And this is the 4th place, just right behind the top three local giants. Moreover, the team managed to climb to the 3rd position in the combination with the League Cup trophy in 2019/2020. But then, albeit with a new cup success, there was one step back. Nowadays, “the Archbishops” are demonstrating their traditional level. Moreover, there is a chance to surpass Sporting, which started a new cycle in a very unsuccessful way, one more time. On the other hand, Braga itself had been quite convincing during this season, including November, winning 9 out of 13 matches. The team had hosted Benfica by New Year. That was more than a victory – the giant from Lisbon was defeated with a 3-1 score.
The statistics of head-to-head matches
Braga has been unbeaten for 5 games in a row. But if the match for the cup was easily taken with a 6-0 score in November 2021, then there were 2 draws in the Primeira.
Bookmakers do not believe that Santa Clara will be able to get even a point in this match. It is unlikely that Braga will repeat “the massacre” that happened with Benfica, but “the Archbishops” are obliged to win in the game with a really weak opponent (odd: 1.666).
Prediction on game