Competition: Portugal League Cup
Market: Santa Clara win
Odds: 1/2 @ 888sport
Looking to make an immediate return to winning ways on Tuesday night, Santa Clara will welcome Oliveirense to the Estadio de Sao Miguel for a League Cup showdown.
Starting with the hosts, after suffering a downbeat second-half collapse away at Leixoes last week, Santa Clara will be glad to make a return to home soil here. Turning their attention to League Cup duties due to the World Cup’s festive break, Mario Silva’s men will be smelling the chance to make an immediate return to winning ways on Tuesday night. Despite watching their four-match unbeaten run come to an abrupt end last time out, the Primeira Liga outfit have their sights set on mounting a European charge this season. Looking to lay down a marker in midweek, it should be noted that Santa Clara have largely impressed at the Estadio de Sao Miguel. Including a thumping 3-1 victory against Estoril last time out in Ponta Delgada, it should be noted that Silva’s side have lost just a pair of their last 17 straight contests on home soil.
As for the visitors, although Oliveirense might have opened their League Cup adventure with a 0-0 stalemate at home against Feirense last weekend, it does not cover what has been an extended rut. While the Unionists might have picked up a much-needed 3-1 win against Tondela last month, it appears that was just a minor boost for Fabio Pereira’s men. In fact, including back-to-back defeats against Leixoes and Estrela earlier in the month, the Reds have picked up just a single win from any of their previous nine matchups across all formats – a run that stems all the way back to October 2nd. Knowing that they will face a tough task when they make the trip to Ponta Delgada in midweek, Oliveirense should also be worried by their most recent meeting against the top-flight outfit. Suffering a 2-1 loss when they last faced off against Santa Clara back in 2018, we’re backing a similar home victory on Tuesday night.
Bet: Santa Clara 1/2 to beat Oliveirense in Tuesday’s Portugal League Cup contest @ 888sport