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Betting tips for Santa Clara VS Benfica 11.01.2019

In the São Miguel Stadium, Santa Clara and Benfica measure forces, in the one that is the second game of Bruno Lage in the technical command of the eagles. Incarnates are 7 points behind the lead, so the margin of error is almost nil. They face a Santa Clara who has been one of the sensation teams of Liga NOS, but that lost important players, namely Rashid, who is in the service of his selection, and Fernando who went to FC Porto. The answer was good, in the first game, with these absences, with a result (2-2) in Santa Maria da Feira. But against Benfica, will Santa Clara be able to remain equally competitive, as it did for example against FC Porto and Sporting?

Santa Clara can no longer be considered a surprise, considering that we are in the 17th round, and the opposing teams are already well advised, for the quality of the islanders. With João Henriques bringing a very positive approach, this Santa Clara has a habit of playing "eyes in the eye" with any opponent. This promotes the show, and it is not by chance that the Azorean attack is among the best in the NOS League with 26 goals scored. Better alone the quartet of the front (FC Porto, Sporting Braga, Benfica and Sporting).

Santa Clara has provided busy placard games, and in 8 games played at the Estádio de São Miguel, 7 had more than 2.5 goals. All these games counted on the contribution of both teams for the march of the marker. However, one of the greatest figures of this Santa Clara, the Brazilian Fernando, who scored 4 goals in 13 games, placing himself as the best scorer of the islanders, along with Zé Manuel, is no longer in the club, since he transferred for FC Porto. Even so, the response was very good, and in a complicated stadium, like Marcolino de Castro, Santa Clara showed their positive football again, and tied (2-2). He was still in the lead for (0-2), but could not hold the advantage.

Also important is the fact that this team of João Henriques have beaten in a very competent, in games to hurt. Received FC Porto, Sporting and Sporting Braga. With the top two they lost by the minimum margin (1-2), and with Sporting de Braga tied with two balls, "stealing" 2 points to Abel Ferreira's team. The expectation is great for this game.

Benfica will play their second game under the guidance of Bruno Lage, after beating Rio Ave by (4-2). In this game, the defensive weaknesses that marked the time of the incarnates were still visible. They conceded 6 goals, exactly 2 in each game, and it took a lot of inspiration from the incarnation to reverse the result of (0-2) that was recorded in the 20 minutes in the last game.

Seferovic and João Félix gave the "back to the text" with two great quality exhibits. It is a case to ask where the quality of this Swiss was, and why John Felix did not play in his position. Back to 4-4-2, although with some nuances, what was seen under the guidance of Bruno Lage was very positive, and even promising.

A new response is expected from Benfica players who want to "turn a page" after Rui Vitoria's exit. With or without Bruno Lage, players want to show themselves and prove they have value, or not many of them champion for the waters. Working time is short, but the differences are already beginning to notice, and this Benfica will appear with rates of motivation, confidence and even completely different for better, after the "comeback season" they achieved in the last game. Jonas remains out on injury.



Benfica promises to continue to make goals but also to suffer, despite the work that Bruno Lage is doing to correct much of the defensive deficit of the eagles. Benfica have no margin for error, and they need to win the game, so they have to score goals, and at least two, given the Santa Clara's ability to score. It is not yet expected that there will be a "break" in the income of the islanders, even more so after what was seen in the last game in Santa Maria da Feira.
 

Santa Clara VS Benfica  Prediction: X/2 4.80

Santa Clara VS Benfica  Betting Tip: Over 2.5 Goals @ 2.00

Santa Clara VS Benfica  Score Recommendations: 1-2 10.00