Santa Cruz take on visitors Ponte Preta on Brazilian Serie A matchday 12. The match will be played in Recife at Arruda Stadium on Friday, July 1st.
Santa Cruz still struggle to adjust for the level of competition in elite Brazilian division. The hosts of the match have recorded three defeats in their last three matches with only two goals scored and six allowed. The team has gained 11 points in 11 matches and sit on 18th place in the league with 14-15 goal difference. Six home matches got the hosts nine points with 9-6 goal difference.
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Ponte Preta are experienced in battles in top division and have firm place in the middle of the standings for past several seasons. The visitors have 14 points gained in 11 matches and currently sit on 13th place in the table. The team is also struggles lately with only one point gained in last three matches. The team doesn’t show solid results on the road, taking only five points in six matches with 3-9 goal difference.
The opponents have played eight head-to-heads in their history. Santa Cruz have recorded only one win, three matches ended with draws and four time Ponta Preta were victorious. Both teams lack points and another defeat might put a loser to difficult situation. This is why we can expect to see defensive football from both sides and small number of goals in the match.
Prediction for the match: Under 2.5 goals.