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The Primeira Liga fixture at Estádio do Rio Ave on Sunday sees home side Rio Ave take to the field against Casa Pia.
View all Rio Ave v Casa Pia tips, stats and our pre-match poll below - as well as the best betting odds.
Rio Ave head into this match following on from a 0-0 Primeira Liga stalemate versus Porto.
In that match, Rio Ave had 27% possession and 4 shots at goal with 0 on target. Porto had 24 attempts at goal with 5 of them on target.
Under three goals per game were scored during 5 of the last 6 meetings where Rio Ave have been involved. Breaking down the goal weighting from that period, their opponents scored an aggregate of 6 and Rio Ave managed the sum of 4. We shall soon see whether or not that trend can be continued on in this game.
In their previous game, Casa Pia drew 0-0 in the Primeira Liga match with Boavista.
The stats don’t lie, and Casa Pia have been scored against in 5 of their last 6 matches, letting opponents get 17 goals in all. Defensively, Casa Pia certainly have room for improvement.
Head to head
The last league contest featuring the two was Primeira Liga match day 4 on 02/09/2023 which finished with the scoreline of Casa Pia 1-1 Rio Ave.
In that match, Casa Pia managed 48% possession and 12 attempts on goal with 5 on target. Their only player on the scoresheet was Pablo Roberto (13').
Rio Ave got 12 shots on goal with 4 on target. Joca (52') was the scorer.
The referee was David Silva.
Team News: Rio Ave
The Rio Ave boss Luís Freire will be happy not to have any fitness worries to speak of coming into this match owing to a fully injury-free squad available for selection.
We are thinking that Rio Grande will possibly use the 3-4-3 formation for this one, handing starts to Jhonatan, Josue, Aderllan Santos, Miguel Nobrega, Costinha, A. Oudrhiri Idrissi, Joao Teixeira, Fabio Ronaldo, Joao Graca, Abdul-Aziz Yakubu and Umaro Embalo.
Team News: Casa Pia
Casa Pia manager Pedro Moreira has not got a full squad to pick from. Kiki (Knee injury) and Nermin Zolotic (unknown injury) are those who can’t be considered.
We are inclined to think that Os Gansos (The Geese) will likely elect for a 4-3-3 system, giving starts to Ricardo Batista, Gaizka Larrazabal, Fernando Varela, Duplexe Tchamba, Leonardo Lelo, Beni, Angelo Neto, Samuel Justo, Yuki Soma, Clayton and Nuno Moreira.
We’re envisaging that Casa Pia will need to put in a solid display to see themselves scoring against this Rio Ave team who we think will likely score at least once to put them ahead.
With that in mind, we reckon that it will be a hard-fought 1-0 winning score for Rio Ave after 90 minutes.
Should be interesting.
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⚽️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Estádio do Rio Ave (9,065)
Captain: Vítor Gomes
Chairman: António da Silva Campos
Manager: Luís Freire
Competitions: Primeira Liga position 15
⭐ Key Player: Emmanuel Boateng
Mostly deployed in the Striker position, Emmanuel Boateng was born in Accra, Ghana. After making a first senior appearance for Rio Ave in the 2014 - 2015 season, the goalscoring Forward has bagged 5 league goals in the Liga Portugal 2023 - 2024 campaign to date in a total of 16 appearances.