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Rio Ave head to Estádio Cidade de Barcelos on Sunday for the Primeira Liga showdown with home team Gil Vicente.
To see all of our predictions, user poll & stats for Gil Vicente v Rio Ave, scroll down (including the best match odds).
Gil Vicente will be looking to improve on their last outing here following the 2-1 Primeira Liga loss in their previous game against Sporting Lisbon.
In that match, Gil Vicente managed 49% possession and 8 attempts at goal with 3 of them on target. The only player to score for Gil Vicente was Rúben Ribeiro (90'). Sporting CP got 12 shots at goal with 4 of them on target. Wendel (21') and Gonzalo Plata (49') scored for Sporting Lisbon.
It’s been a rare occasion in recent games where Gil Vicente have shown defensive steel. It will be a concern for them that Gilistas have been scored against in 5 of their previous 6 matches, giving up 9 goals on the way.
Coming into this fixture, Gil Vicente have left without a victory over Rio Ave in their previous 4 matches in the league.
Rio Ave will go into this match after a 4-3 Primeira Liga win to defeat Braga in their most recent outing.
In that game, Rio Ave managed 47% possession and 14 attempts at goal with 7 on target. For Rio Ave, the goalscorers were Mehdi Taremi (35', 90'), Nuno Santos (36') and Gelson Dala (41'). At the other end, SC Braga had 10 attempts on goal with 5 on target. Paulinho (21', 81') and Ricardo Horta (27') scored for Braga.
The stats tell the story, and Rio Ave have been scored against in 5 of their last 6 matches, with opponents netting 10 goals in total. Defensively, Rio Grande can certainly do much better.
Going into this game, the form guide shows that Rio Ave:
- are undefeated by Gil Vicente in games played away from home for the previous 4 matches in the league. Away fans have certainly had plenty to cheer about.
- are unbeaten in their last 8 league matches away from home. Travelling very well.
Head to head
A review of their most recent head to head clashes going back to 11/05/2013 shows us that Gil Vicente have won 1 of these games and Rio Ave 3, with the tally of draws standing at 2.
A combined total of 8 goals were scored between the two sides in this period, with 3 of them for Gilistas and 5 for Rio Grande . The average goals per game has been 1.33.
The last league meeting between these clubs was Primeira Liga match day 13 on 09/12/2019 which ended up with the score at Rio Ave 1-0 Gil Vicente.
In that game, Rio Ave managed 58% possession and 8 shots on goal with 2 on target. Their only player on the scoresheet was Mehdi Taremi (62').
At the other end, Gil Vicente had 8 attempts on goal with 3 on target.
The referee was Manuel Oliveira.
Team News: Gil Vicente
Looking at personnel, there is just the sole fitness concern for the Gil Vicente gaffer Vítor Oliveira to be concerned with thanks to an otherwise robust group of players. Fernando Fonseca (Unknown Injury) is out of contention.
In all likelihood, Gilistas will probably make use of the 4-2-3-1 system for this game and select Denis, Rúben Fernandes, Rodrigão, Edwin Banguera, Alex Pinto, William Soares da Silva, Claude Goncalves, Sandro Lima, Ruben Ribeiro, Lourency and Samuel Dias Lino.
Team News: Rio Ave
Rio Ave boss Carlos Carvalhal has to choose from a squad that has some fitness concerns. Nikola Jambor (Knee Surgery) and Junio (Fibula Fracture) miss out here.
It’s our belief that Rio Grande could decide to play in a 4-3-3 formation, giving starts to Pawel Kieszek, Matheus Reis, Aderllan Santos, Toni Borevkovic, Diogo Figueiras, Diego Lopes, Filipe Augusto, Ali Elmusrati, Lucas Piazón, Mehdi Taremi and Nuno Santos.
In our view, Gil Vicente will have a tough ask to break down this Rio Ave team who we reckon should end up scoring and possibly keep a clean sheet as well.
We’re therefore seeing a hard-fought 0-1 winning margin for Rio Ave at the end of this one.
⚽️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Estádio Cidade de Barcelos (12,032)
Captain: Rúben Fernandes
Chairman: Francisco Dias da Silva
Manager: Vítor Oliveira
Competitions: Primeira Liga position 11
⭐ Key Man: Sandro Lima
Usually taking up the Striker position, Sandro Lima was born in Brazil. After making a first senior appearance for Rio Ave in the 2013 - 2014 season, the talented Forward has scored a sum of 10 league goals in this Primeira Liga 2019 - 2020 campaign so far coming from a total of 28 appearances.