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Rio Ave will take to the pitch with the visiting Famalicão at Estádio do Rio Ave in the Primeira Liga match on Sunday.
Our Rio Ave v Famalicão tips, poll and stats can be seen in full below - as well as the best betting odds.
Rio Ave are hoping to win again after their last result, a 1-3 Primeira Liga triumph over Vitória Guimarães.
In that match, Rio Ave had 37% possession and 5 attempts on goal with 3 of them on target. For Rio Ave, goals were scored by Carlos Mané (23'), Rafael Camacho (32') and Gelson Dala (74'). On the other side, Vitória Guimarães had 14 shots at goal with 7 of them on target. Ricardo Quaresma (70') scored for Vitória Guimarães.
It has been all too rare in recent games where Rio Ave haven’t conceded. The facts show that Rio Grande have failed to prevent opponents from scoring in 5 of their previous 6 matches, shipping 7 goals along the way. Such a pattern might not be continued into this next game, though.
Analysis of their past results shows that Rio Ave:
- haven't been beaten in the league by Famalicão in their previous 2 games.
- haven't been defeated in their previous 2 league matches at home.
Last time out, Famalicão drew 0-0 in the Primeira Liga match with Belenenses.
In that game, Famalicão had 60% possession and 6 attempts on goal with 0 on target. Belenenses got 15 attempts on goal with 2 on target.
Looking at their form, and Famalicão have been scored against in 5 of their last 6 matches, conceding 8 goals in all. In defence, Famalicenses have seen their frailties exposed.
Heading into this fixture, Famalicão haven’t won away from home in the past 2 matches in the league.
Head to head
The previous league clash featuring these sides was Primeira Liga match day 3 on 04/10/2020 which finished with the scoreline of Famalicão 1-1 Rio Ave.
In that match, Famalicão had 49% possession and 13 attempts at goal with 5 on target. Their only player to score was Rúben Lameiras (21').
Rio Ave had 13 shots at goal with 4 of them on target. Aderllan Santos (78') was the scorer.
The match was refereed by Artur Soares Dias.
Team News: Rio Ave
Junio (Fibula Fracture), Nikola Jambor (Unknown Injury) and André Pereira (Cruciate Ligament Rupture) will be missing for Rio Ave gaffer Miguel Cardoso.
Team News: Famalicão
Famalicão boss Jorge Silas has not got a full squad to pick from. João Neto (Unknown Injury), Leonardo Campana (Hamstring Injury) and Gustavo Assunção (Hamstring Injury) are those who can’t be considered.
We’re thinking that Famalicão are likely to find the back of the net against this Rio Ave outfit, however it probably shouldn’t be as many as the goals that they could concede.
Our selection here is for a very close game with a 2-1 victory for Rio Ave by the conclusion of the game. There shouldn’t be much in it, either way.
Our expert partners are tipping under 3.5 goals for this match. Check out their VIP predictions here.
⚽️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Estádio do Rio Ave (9,065)
Captain: Ricardo Tarantini
Chairman: António Silva Campos
Manager: Miguel Cardoso
Competitions: Primeira Liga position 9, Europa League Qualifiers (Play-Offs)
⭐ Key Player: Gelson Dala
Mostly used in the Striker position, Gelson Dala was born in Luanda, Angola. Having made a first senior appearance for Sporting Lisbon in the 2016 - 2017 season, the accomplished Forward has scored 2 league goals in this Primeira Liga 2020 - 2021 campaign so far in a total of 17 appearances.