Santa Clara predictions with latest odds and stats
- Number of Bets: 20
- Winning Bets: 7
- Average Odds: 2.57
- Overall Stake : 129
- Profit: 94.46
- Yield: -26.78 %
Santa Clara betting
Santa Clara Odds
If you’ve been paying attention to Portuguese football at all, you might know that Santa Clara are currently one of the more noted up-and-coming teams.
They came back into the top flight 2 years ago, and have recorded increasingly improved results ever since. They even managed to crack the top half last season, and show a full intention of continuing the upward trend.
That said, the harsh reality of Primeira Liga betting is that everything below the first 3 or 4 spots is not exactly stable. The ultimate goal of every Portuguese team is to one day challenge the Big 3, and that’s quite distant for Santa Clara. Not many bookmakers offer odds on anything but the winner, and this team’s chances are next to nothing.
Even a Top 3 finish is priced at around 301.00. Sadly, outright Santa Clara betting is not a real option for bettors.
Santa Clara Key Players
The Azoreans are not exactly a big club. This leaves them with a very limited budget for transfers, as one might imagine. Interestingly, though, a lot of their key players have been drawing a lot of attention. Comprised of young and promising internationals, the Santa Clara squad can be deceptively dangerous.
Overall, it’s quite a balanced lineup. Centre-back Fábio Cardoso is the defence’s unofficial leader, yet remains an incredibly versatile player with even a few goals under his belt. His primary role, however, is to set up opportunities for the team’s relatively aggressive midfielders.
For instance, attacking midfielder Lincoln and team captain Osama Rashid form the crux of almost all offensive movements.
Santa Clara Rivalry
Positioned in the town of Ponta Delgada, on the island of Sao Miguel in the archipelago of Azores, just under 1,000 miles in a straight line west of Portugal’s Atlantic coast, Santa Clara have an ongoing rivalry with C.D. Operario from Lagoa, a little to the east of Ponta Delgada. However, the rivalry is strictly of local character at the moment, due to the fact that Operario compete in the Segunda Divisao, the third tier of Portuguese football.
There is also a rivalry between Santa Clara and the two clubs from the island of Madeira, south of the Azores archipelago – C.S. Maritimo and C.D. Nacional.
Maritimo competes in the Primeira Liga and therefore, its rivalry with Santa Clara will likely pick up interest, while Nacional play in the Liga Pro, the second tier in Portugal.
Santa Clara History
Founded in 1921, Santa Clara are best known in Portugal by their connection with Benfica, the country’s most successful club. In fact, the two teams shared the same crest until quite recently.
Santa Clara first requested to be admitted to the Football Association in the summer of 1927, and they played their first official game later that year. They earned promotion to the Primeira Liga for the first time in their history in 1999, but were relegated instantly. They came back up in 2001, and that was the first time they linked two seasons in the top tier. The 2002/03 season saw them break into a European competition – UEFA’s Intertoto Cup, where they managed to beat Armenian side FC Shirak in the first round, before being knocked out by Teplice from the Czech Republic. They ended up relegated again in 2003, and only came back in 2018.
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