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The Primeira Liga match at Estádio do Rio Ave on Friday will see home side Rio Ave take to the field against Portimonense.
Full predictions, pre-match stats and user poll for Rio Ave v Portimonense are shown on this page - as well as up-to-date odds.
Rio Ave will be looking to improve on their last outing here following a 2-0 Primeira Liga losing effort in their last game against Paços de Ferreira.
In that game, Rio Ave managed 56% possession and 12 shots on goal with 2 on target. At the other end, Paços de Ferreira had 15 attempts at goal with 4 on target. Douglas Tanque (24', 56') scored for Paços de Ferreira.
A common characteristic of recent Rio Ave games is the number of nil scores.
Taking their previous 6 clashes before this one, in as many as 5 of them a wager on "Both Teams to Score" would have been a loser.
A look at their previous results shows us that Rio Ave:
- have not lost a league tie with Portimonense in their last 4 matches.
- are without a win at home for the past 2 league games.
Portimonense will come into the match following a 2-0 Primeira Liga win with the downing of Farense in their most recent game.
In that game, Portimonense managed 62% possession and 13 attempts at goal with 5 of them on target. The scorer for Portimonense was Beto (72', 90'). Farense had 6 attempts on goal with 0 on target.
Throughout their six latest matches, Paulo Sérgio's Portimonense have turned their attacks into goals a total of 5 times thus yielding them the goals scored per game average of 0.83.
Going into this contest, Portimonense are without an away win for the past 4 league matches.
Head to head
Checking on their most recent head-to-head meetings dating back to 18/08/2017 tells us that Rio Ave have won 4 of these and Portimonense 1, with the tally of drawn results being 1.
A combined total of 16 goals were scored between the two sides throughout the course of those matches, with 9 from Rio Grande and 7 netted by Portimonense. The average number of goals per game works out to 2.67.
The previous league encounter featuring the two was Primeira Liga match day 31 on 09/07/2020 which finished with the scoreline of Rio Ave 2-1 Portimonense.
On that occasion, Rio Ave managed 60% possession and 7 shots on goal with 2 on target. The goals were scored by Mehdi Taremi (35') and Filipe Augusto (91').
Portimonense got 8 shots at goal with 1 on target. Ricardo Vaz Tê (6') scored.
The match was refereed by Rui Costa.
Team News: Rio Ave
Nélson Monte (Unknown Injury) and Junio (Fibula Fracture) won’t be able to feature for Rio Ave manager Mário Silva.
Team News: Portimonense
Portimonense manager Paulo Sérgio has a number of players out of action. Lucas Fernandes (Cruciate Ligament Rupture) and Pedro Sá (Unknown Injury) can’t be considered.
Our feeling is that Portimonense will need things to go their way to hit the back of the net against this Rio Ave side who we reckon will win and very possibly keep a clean sheet.
We’re therefore tipping a good battle with a 1-0 winning score for Rio Ave at the end of the 90.
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⚽️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Estádio do Rio Ave (9,065)
Captain: Ricardo Tarantini
Chairman: António Silva Campos
Manager: Mário Silva
Competitions: Primeira Liga position 13, Europa League Qualifiers (Play-Offs)
🔑 Key Player: Lucas Piazón
Customarily playing in the Left Wing position, Lucas Piazón was born in São Paulo, Brazil. Having played his first senior match for Chelsea in the 2012 - 2013 season, the talented Forward has bagged 2 league goals in this Primeira Liga 2020 - 2021 season to date from a total of 8 appearances.