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Ponte Preta vs Santos Predictions, Betting Tips and Match Previews

Ponte Preta

12th October
21:00
Estádio Moisés Lucarelli

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Santos

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Santos visit Ponte Preta in Thursday’s Brazilian Serie action. A close game is anticipated as the two fight for important points. Read on for our preview, tip and predictions.

Ponte Preta vs Santos Predictions

Draw at 21/10
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Draw 1-1 at 5/1
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Reason For Ponte Preta vs Santos Betting Tips

Santos make the short trip to Campinas as they face off with Ponte Preta in Thursday’s Brazilian Serie A clash. A close game is expected as both sides fight for important points.

Hosts Ponte are just one of a number of teams involved in the relegation battle and currently sit 15th, 1 point clear of the drop zone. Macaca’s hopes of avoiding the drop were boosted a few weeks ago, when Eduardo Baptista, the man who lead them to an 8th placed finish last term, returned to the dugout after failed spells at Palmeiras and Atletico PR.

Baptista lead the side to 13 wins from 19 outings in front of the home crowd last term, and home form is going to be imperative if his team are to avoid playing in Serie B next season. The 47 year old has been in charge for 3 games now, narrowly losing on the road at Chapecoense and Cruzeiro, but picking up where he left off at the Estádio Moisés Lucarelli with a 1-0 win over Flamengo last week.

Meanwhile, Santos have responded perfectly to their recent Copa Libertadores quarter final exit, picking up back to back league wins over Atletico PR and Palmeiras, as they seek to cut runaway leaders Corinthians margin for error at the top.

Levir Culpi has lead Peixe well throughout the campaign, but a slow start under predecessor Dorival Júnior has left Santos playing catch up, and they still trail their state rivals by 8 points as we enter the latter stages of the campaign.

The two teams look too hard to separate. Prior to Baptista’s return to Ponte you’d have fancied the visitors to pick up the three points, but it’s going to be a far more complicated affair, given how strong the side are in Campinas under his watch.

Backing the draw certainly looks appealing and that’s where our money is going. Ponte will make themselves difficult to break down as they seek to grind out a result, and Santos are not a particularly expansive side themselves on the road and should find it difficult to pick up the win they so desperately need. The visitors have drawn 5 of their last 7 league games away from home, and we see that becoming 6 from 8 in a 1-1 draw.

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Head To Head

June's league match between the two ended in a 0-0 draw.

Ponte Preta vs Santos Stats

Ponte Preta picked up 71.9% of the points available on home soil last season under Eduardo Baptista, and he won on his return to Campinas last week against Flamengo. Santos have drawn 5 of their last 7 league matches on the road and have also lost just 1 of the last 11 on visiting territory.

Ponte Preta Team News

Defensive midfielder Elton is suspended whilst left Artur is out injured alongside Reynaldo, Joao Vitor and Renato Caja.

Santos Team News

Vitor Bueno, Vladmir and Nilmar are the only absentees.

Ponte Preta vs Santos Predictions

Draw at 21/10
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Correct Score Prediction

Draw 1-1 at 5/1
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