Preview: Boavista vs. Santa Clara
Sports Mole provides an overview of Monday’s Primeira Liga clash between Boavista and Santa Clara, including predictions, squad news and possible rosters.
Boavista play host to Saint Clare On Monday night, they look to build on their impressive 3-0 win over Pacos de Ferreira in their final Primeira Liga game.
While this result brought the home team to eighth place in the standings, Santa Clara starts the third day with a 16th place after collecting just one point in their first brace.
After losing 3-0 to Gil Vicente in the opening weekend of the season, Boavista boss Joao Pedro Sousa was stunned considering his team’s level of performance in the Taca da Liga.
However, Os Axadrezados quickly got this result out of his system with the 3-0 demolition of Pacos de Ferreira, outscoring and outclassing the team fifth last season.
The objectives were shared between Yusupha Om Njie, Javi garcia and Jeriel de Santis, but Sousa would have taken greater pride in a third clean sheet in four games.
Despite several of the league’s heavy hitters coming in before the end of October, the immediate schedule is in Boavista’s favor as they try to establish distance between them and the bottom three.
Regardless of whether 2021-22 is in its early stages, Sousa will want to make sure the club don’t have another campaign similar to the one before.
As far as Santa Clara is concerned, this game could be seen as a distraction as they try to advance to the group stages of the Europa Conference League.
Nevertheless, the dramatic end of their meeting with Moreirense left Daniel ramos and his team being required to give full attention to this game.
Although they conceded twice in added time in their previous league game, they showed their fighting skills by beating Partizan Belgrade by a score of 2-1 on Thursday.
A tough trip to Serbia will follow the full-time whistle on Monday, and it remains to be seen whether a seventh game in just over three weeks will wreak havoc in the coming days.
Boavista Primeira Liga form:
Boavista form (all competitions):
Santa Clara Primeira Liga form:
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Boavista is likely to be forced into at least one change with Sebastien perez come out injured last week.
If the Colombian does not pass an aptitude test, Tomas reymao Where Miguel reisinho should be brought to midfield.
Santa Clara Guardian Marco is pushing for a recall between the sticks after recovering from the coronavirus, but a number of players remain on the sidelines.
Carlos Junior left Santa Clara to join Al Shabab, a departure that could see Ricardinho used on one of the sides.
Boavista possible starting line-up:
Bracali; Awaziem, Garcia, Porozo; Nathan, Makouta, Remao, Hamache; Gorre, Njie, Sauer
Possible starting line-up in Santa Clara:
Fernandes; Ramos, Afonso, Villanueva, Mansour; Nene, Morita, Carvalho; Patrick, Costa, Ricardinho
We say: Boavista 3-1 Santa Clara
Santa Clara finds himself in the same situation as Pacos de Ferreira, potentially distracted trying to make further progress in Europe. That gives us enough reason to predict a home win, a result that would put Boavista in contention for the top six.