Clara (@1.16) vs Cappincur (@5.5)

Our Prediction:

Clara will win

Clara – Cappincur Match Prediction | 15-09-2019 11:30

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For example, if Shamrocks beat Cappincur in the final round, they will have had an extraordinary summer, picking up three wins and six points, but Ferbane, Edenderry and Tullamore win their final round ties, Shamrocks will not only miss out on a quarter-final, but worse still, will land themselves in a relegation play-off.

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Santa Clara raised some decent money with the sale of Kaio to the Russian side Krasnodar but have only brought in a series of free transfers during the summer. Santa Clara possess the better of the two squads on paper and their guests have signed a lot of young players and have seen a lot of experienced heads leave the club, which ultimately could prove their undoing this season.

Repeat fixtures are ruled out by virtue of the criss-cross system which will ensure those two teams did not meet in the round-robin phase. Those quarter-finals will be contested by the runners-up and third-placed teams in each group with the runners-up in Group A playing the third-placed team in Group A. At the end of this phase, the top team in each group will go straight into opposite semi-finals while their opponents will be decided by two quarter-finals. The second quarter-final will be formed in the same way from Group B.

The hosts are the bookmakers favourites against their newly-promoted guests, head into the game as the form favourites, and are looking to make it four straight wins this weekend. However, Famalicao have been playing well of late and carry an unknown threat that often applies to newly promoted clubs that havent played in the top flight for a few years, so we expect the visitors to have their chances during the ninety minutes. Were confident that Santa Clara will win on Saturday and have predicted a final scoreline of 2-1.

Without casting aspersions on any of the teams involved, it's possible for one team to lose all four of their round-robin games and still make it to a quarter-final by virtue of score difference over another winless rival in the same group. It all sounds fair enough until you break down the permutations.

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Santa Clara have won three of their last six matches, only losing once, have scored no more than two goals in any of those matches and have managed to keep just two clean sheets during that period. In terms of a final score, were leaning towards a 2-1 victory in favour of the hosts because four of the pairs last six encounters have seen both teams score and over 2.5 goals, and three of those six meetings have ended 2-1.

This one isnt likely to be a thriller or one to remember, as were expecting a tight and tense ninety minutes. Both teams have been involved in a large number of low scoring matches of late, with Belenenses failing to score in their last four matches and Santa Clara struggling for goals against the newly-promoted sides. Were confident that we wont see both teams score in Sundays match and have predicted a final scoreline of 0-0.

A team could win two or three games of a four-game round-robin phase and be left in a relegation match while another team could get beaten four times on the trot and take a quarter-final place. This is not about predicting any results and by all means, the games left will be competitive but the fact that this is a possibility makes a mockery of the championship.

The recent performances of both of these sides also suggest there will be a lack of goals in Sundays match as both teams have scored in just one of Santa Claras and one of Belenenses last five matches, with the visitors last away game ending in a goalless draw. Santa Clara have only lost one of their last six matches and Belenenses are yet to win in the league or cup this season, so the best chance of any points for the visitors this weekend appears to be via a draw.