AD Guanacasteca vs Santa Ana: Preview and Prediction

Santa Ana have taken just one point from their last three Costa Rica. Segunda Division matches, following last weekend’s 3-1 defeat away to their opponent. Santa Ana are still seventh overall in the table, but the distance between them and the Continental qualification positions is slowly getting bigger. Saturday’s match at home to reigning champions AD Guanacasteca should prove no easy feat either – Santa Ana haven’t won against any Costa Rica. Segunda Division leader since September 2008 and, notably, are without a win against any side currently within the top eight so far this season.

AD Guanacasteca have turned around their “unconvincing” run in style over the past 7 days. AD Guanacasteca dominated and humiliated their opponent with a 8-0 win at home last weekend, which also saw their striker net his first hat-trick of 2017, to become the Costa Rica. Segunda Division’s joint top scorer (19 goals) in the process, before easing their way through to the semi-finals of the national cup at home to opponent during the week (3-0 win).

AD Guanacasteca are clear favourites here at 4/9 with bet365, but we feel that backing “both teams to score” at 21/20 has some decent potential for the following reasons:

Most people know about AD Guanacasteca and their striker, and for good reason too. He is a world class striker and currently in top form, with seven goals from his last four competitive outings. He’s also scored three goals in AD Guanacasteca’s last four on the road so you’d fancy him to continue this run as an anytime goalscorer at 4/7 with bet365. However, Santa Ana are not without a weapon of their own in French striker.Not to mention that he scored against the visitors earlier this season when Santa Ana took a point away from AD Guanacasteca (1-1 draw).

Notably, AD Guanacasteca’s recent domination has in fact come from matches at home. AD Guanacasteca have failed to keep a clean sheet in three of their last four Costa Rica. Segunda Division away matches, including against some much weaker teams than Santa Ana, and the added strain following their mid-week national cup match, where the league leaders fielded a full strength squad, should add even more value to Santa Ana getting one against them.

Regarding a correct score bet, though Santa Ana are unbeaten at home this season (W5 D5), AD Guanacasteca hold the best away record in the Costa Rica. Segunda Division (W8 D2 L1). Santa Ana’s poor track record against much stronger sides, combined with AD Guanacasteca’s return to goal-scoring form, means we feel the AD Guanacastecans could sneak another win here. As such, we feel there’s decent value to be had backing a 2-1 AD Guanacasteca win at 15/2 with bet365.

AD Guanacasteca vs Santa Ana: Preview and Prediction

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