- Sporting have won each of their last six matches against Santa Clara.
- Sporting are unbeaten in their last seven league games.
- Sporting have won 11 of their 15 home games.
- Sporting score an average of 1.60 goals per home game and concede an average of 0.87 goals.
Sporting have found their form during the business end of the season
Sporting were held to a goalless draw away at Moreirense last time out, extending their unbeaten run to seven Primeira Liga matches. Santa Clara lost 1-0 for the second successive match as they played host to Maritimo last week, but a win in Lisbon could move the visitors into the top eight.
When these two sides locked horns for their reverse league fixture in December, Sporting ran out 4-0 winners that’s to a brace from Phellype and a goal apiece from Bolasie and Fernandes. Friday’s hosts head into the pairs’ latest encounter as the clear form favourites with four wins and two draws from their last six matches, as Santa Clara have lost two, won two and drawn two games during that same period.
Santa Clara are safe from relegation and will be pushing for a top-half finish
Our prediction for a home win on Friday is backed up by plenty of statistics. Sporting have won all of their last six matches against Santa Clara and have never lost against this particular opponent. The hosts average 2.20 points per home game and have won 11 of their 15 matches at the Estádio José Alvalade, while Santa Clara have lost five of their 15 away trips.
Sporting are in fine form right now having won five and drawn two of their last seven league games, while Santa Clara have lost their last two matches, both against teams located in the bottom half of the table. As for a final scoreline, we’re predicting a 2-0 win for Sporting who have scored at least two goals in four of their last six matches.
Sporting haven’t lost any of their nine previous matches against Santa Clara
Santa Clara have conceded two or more goals in three of their last six league games and have failed to score in their last two outings, while Sporting have kept clean sheets in three of their last five matches. The hosts score an average of 1.60 goals per home game and only concede 0.87 goals, which ties in nicely with our final scoreline prediction. Sporting have kept clean sheets in 47% of their home games so far this season and Santa Clara have failed to score in 33% of their away games, so you can see why we have backed a clean sheet for the hosts this Friday.
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