Preview: Belenenses vs. Santa Clara
Sports Mole presents Sunday’s Primeira Liga clash between Belenenses and Santa Clara, including predictions, squad news and possible rosters.
Belenenses and Santa Clara face off on Sunday, as they fight to secure a place in the top six of the Primeira Liga table with two games to go.
Currently, the eighth-ranked hosts only sit below their opponents due to Santa Clara’s 2-0 win over Belenenses earlier in the season, according to the Primeira Liga’s priority over head-to-head results, while the two teams are only two points away from the sixth. -placed Vitoria de Guimaraes.
The Belenenses enter Sunday’s game with back-to-back wins, putting them in contention for a top-six spot.
SmallThe team recorded an impressive 3-1 away win over Tondela last time around, in an important mid-table clash, as Mateo cassierra hug and a Miguel Cardoso penalty canceled Mario gonzalezfirst objective for the hosts.
This followed a 1-0 home win over Portimonense, as Cassierra was back on the scoresheet to seal all three points for his side.
Having already been threatened with relegation, O Belem has quickly dragged to the top of the table with four wins and 13 points in their last six games, meaning they are now in contention to finish in the top six of the league. Portuguese elite.
Only behind Santa Clara due to the head-to-head result earlier in the season, Petit’s men will lead their opponents and potentially lead sixth-place Vitoria de Guimaraes with what would be another impressive victory on Sunday.
Their opponents will also be looking for a win to consolidate their place and push to pass over Vitoria before the last day of the season.
Santa Clara shattered a five-game winless inning with a narrow victory over wrestlers Rio Ave on Tuesday.
Carlos scored the only goal of the game at the start of the second half, while Daniel ramosThe team held on to secure all three points to maintain their position in seventh place.
This followed a five-game winless streak in the Portuguese top flight, collecting just two points during that span.
However, they have managed to stay within easy reach of an inconsistent Vitoria side, and two wins from their last two matches should see them seal a place in the top six at the end of the campaign.
Belenenses Primeira Liga form:
Form of Santa Clara Primeira Liga:
Belenenses will enter this match without a midfielder Silvestre Varela, who will miss his suspension after receiving his fifth yellow card of the season last time.
Mateo Cassierra will lead the line with great confidence, having scored three goals in his last two games to bring his tally to 10 goals in 30 league appearances this season.
At the other end of the pitch, Petit should line up with the three familiar backs of Goncalo Silva, Thibang phete and Tomas ribeiro, protecting the reliable Stanislav Kritsyuk between the sticks.
Santa Clara will remain without Julio Romao by injury, while the left rear Mansur will also be missing due to the suspension.
Ramos will likely keep the majority of his squad unchanged after last time’s positive result, with Mikel Villanueva and Fabio Cardoso partner at the back during Rui costa could lead the line again with the support of Carlos and Allano.
Belenenses possible starting line:
Kritsyuk; Silva, Phete, Ribeiro; Esgaio, Sousa, Sithole, Lima; Cardoso, Cassierra, Teixeira
Possible starting line-up from Santa Clara:
Ferreira; Ramos, Villanueva, Cardoso, Lucas; Lincoln, Nene, Morita; Carlos, Costa, Allano
We say: Belenenses 2-1 Santa Clara
Belenenses comes into this game with a lot of momentum after quickly climbing the ranks, and we see them take another impressive victory on Sunday to see them move into the top seven.
Although the visitors made a crucial comeback to victory last time around, we see them fail against a side from Belenenses who hit form at a good time and will be full of confidence.