Football predictions – Santa Tecla vs Sonsonate – El Salvador 15.01.18

Sonsonate have taken just one point from their last three El Salvador. Primera Division matches, following last weekend’s 3-1 defeat away to their opponent. Sonsonate 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 Santa Tecla should prove no easy feat either – Sonsonate haven’t won against any El Salvador. Primera Division leader since September 2008 and, notably, are without a win against any side currently within the top eight so far this season.

Santa Tecla have turned around their “unconvincing” run in style over the past 7 days. Santa Tecla 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 El Salvador. Primera 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).

Santa Tecla 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 Santa Tecla 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 Santa Tecla’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, Sonsonate are not without a weapon of their own in French striker.Not to mention that he scored against the visitors earlier this season when Sonsonate took a point away from Santa Tecla (1-1 draw).

Notably, Santa Tecla’s recent domination has in fact come from matches at home. Santa Tecla have failed to keep a clean sheet in three of their last four El Salvador. Primera Division away matches, including against some much weaker teams than Sonsonate, 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 Sonsonate getting one against them.

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

Football predictions – Santa Tecla vs Sonsonate – El Salvador 15.01.18

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