SL Benfica vs. CD Santa Clara 6/23/20 Primeira Liga Soccer Pick, Odds, and Prediction
SL Benfica 20-4-3, CD Santa Clara 9-8-10
6/23/20 2:15 pm
Over 2.5 (-154), Under 2.5 (+120)
SL Benfica is welcoming CD Santa Clara to Estadio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica in round 28 of Portuguese Primeira Liga.
Benfica has taken over the top of the Primeira Liga, but only because they have a better goal differential. In their three games since the restart, Benfica has 2 draws and one win, 4 scored goals, and 3 conceded goals. Overall, Benfica is the best team in the Primeira Liga with 56 scored goals, which is an average of over 2 scored goals per game, and with only 17 conceded goals, which makes them the best defensive team in the Primeira Liga. Vinicius and Pizzi are the two top goal scorers for Benfica with 15 goals each, while Silva added 5 goals. Pizzi also has 7 assists. Grimaldo and Jardel are both injured and will most likely not play again this season. In their last Primeira Liga match against Rio Ave on the road, Benfica was the better team with 53% of ball possession, 4 shots on goal, 10 corner kicks, and 80% of the correct passes. Benfica has won this game 1-2, but only after Rio Ave conceded 2 red cards in the second half. This win is move in the right direction for Benfica and I expect them to stay on this course until the end of the season.
Santa Clara is also having a good season and they are in 9th place in the standings with 35 points, but only 25 scored goals, and 31 conceded goals. With only 2 losses in their last 10 games, Santa Clara is in a good form, and since the season restarted, Santa Clara hasn’t lost any of their last three games. Santa Clara has conceded at least one goal in their last 6 goals, but they also scored in all those six games. In their last Primeira Liga game against Portimonense at home, Santa Clara has had a solid match with 45% of ball possession, 5 shots on goal, 13 corner kicks, and 72% of the correct passes. Santa Clara was losing 0-1 late in the second half, and then they even conceded a red card in 75th minute, but by some miracle, Santa Clara was awarded a penalty and tied the game in 81st minute. This match ended in a 1-1 draw. There are no injuries in Santa Clara, but Lincoln is suspended for this game. Carvalho and Santana have both scored 5 goals for Santa Clara this season, while Lincoln added 6 assists. Santa Clara is a decent team, and they are huge 14 points away from the relegation zone, which is all that matters to Santa Clara.
Benfica and Santa Clara have played 6 times against each other in the past, and Benfica has won all of those games. Benfica was struggling in the first two games since the restart, but their latest win has brought a much-needed dose of confidence and I see Benfica getting another win here.