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Nov 7, 2020 at 3pm UK at Estádio João Cardoso
TondelaTondela
2-0
Santa ClaraSanta Clara
Agra (35'), Gonzalez (67')
Augusto (20'), Murillo (29')
FT(HT: 1-0)

Nene (17'), Ramos (41'), Cardoso (85')

Preview: Tondela vs. Santa Clara - prediction, team news, form guide

Sports Mole previews Saturday's Primeira Liga match between Tondela and Santa Clara, including predictions, team news and form guides.

Struggling Tondela welcome Santa Clara to the Estadio Joao Cardoso on Saturday looking for back-to-back home wins.

Pako Ayestaran's side currently sit 16th - just one place and one point above the relegation zone - whereas their visitors are flying high in fifth place after five games.


Match preview

Pako Ayestaran, now in charge of Tondela, pictured in 2016© Reuters

Tondela have flirted with relegation pretty much every season since winning promotion in 2014-15, and the beginning of the 2020-21 campaign has offered few signs that this term will be any different.

Ayestaran, who learned his trade as assistant to Rafael Benitez at Valencia and Liverpool, has endured a difficult start to life in the Tondela dugout, most recently losing 4-0 at leaders Sporting Lisbon.

There is no shame in defeat to one of Portugal's 'big three', but the result leaves Tondela hovering perilously close to the relegation zone once again, with the worst goal difference in the league to boot.

Only Belenenses have scored fewer goals than their four in six games, while only Famalicao have shipped more than Tondela's 12, which includes two 4-0 defeats already.

The victory over Portimonense in their most recent home game will offer them some cause for optimism heading into this match, although they have not won back-to-back home league games since April 2019.

The hosts face a difficult test in a Santa Clara side that is newer to the top flight than them but have seemingly adapted quicker, making steady improvements since reaching the top flight in 2017-18.

As things stand Daniel Ramos's side sit in an impressive fifth place, with 10 points from their opening six games - level with Porto.

Another victory, to follow up last weekend's win at Portimonense, would temporarily lift them up to third place - a notable achievement for Ramos early in his second stint as boss.

Recent defeats to Pacos de Ferreira and Sporting mean that Santa Clara will not be getting carried away with their start, but they will still be confident of coming away with all three points from this match.

Tondela Primeira Liga form: DLLDWL

Santa Clara Primeira Liga form: WWDLLW


Team News

Daniel Ramos, now in charge of Santa Clara, pictured as Boavista boss in June 2020© Reuters

Tondela

Out: Ricardo Alves (muscle)

Santa Clara

Doubtful: Andre Mesquita (muscle)


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We say: Tondela 1-2 Santa Clara

Santa Clara are perhaps punching above their weight at the moment and would do very well to still be among the European spots at the end of the campaign, but given Tondela's current form we can see the visitors continuing their bright start to the season here.


Top betting tip

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Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Benfica77001941521
2Porto75201641217
3Sporting Lisbon7520113817
4Estoril PraiaEstoril641194513
5Braga7331106412
6PortimonensePortimonense732274311
7BoavistaBoavista62228808
8Gil Vicente72238808
9Pacos de FerreiraPacos de Ferreira622257-28
10Vitoria de GuimaraesGuimaraes71427617
11Vizela7142612-67
12Maritimo713369-36
13TondelaTondela72051014-46
14MoreirenseMoreirense71331016-66
15AroucaArouca7124714-75
16Santa ClaraSanta Clara7124515-105
17FamalicaoFamalicao7034712-53
18BelenensesBelenenses603338-53

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