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The Primeira Liga meeting at Estadio Municipal de Portimão on Saturday will see home side Portimonense do battle with Rio Ave.
Full predictions, pre-match stats and user poll for Portimonense v Rio Ave are shown on this page (including the best match odds).
Portimonense head into this fixture following a 1-1 Primeira Liga drawn result against Farense.
In that match, Portimonense had 49% possession and 17 attempts on goal with 6 of them on target. The only player to score for Portimonense was Aylton (79'). For their opponents, Farense got 10 attempts at goal with 3 of them on target.
Fixtures involving Portimonense have tended to be exciting affairs lately with plenty of scoring being the norm. Over their past six clashes, the sum total of 21 goals have gone in for both teams combined (at an average of 3.5 goals per game) with 12 of those belonging to Portimonense. Previous results aside, we will just have to wait and see if that pattern might be maintained in this match.
Heading into this contest, Portimonense have not beaten Rio Ave in their last 5 league matches.
In the game prior to this, Rio Ave drew 1-1 in the Primeira Liga match with Paços de Ferreira.
In that match, Rio Ave had 57% possession and 7 shots at goal with 2 on target. The only player to score for Rio Ave was Fábio Coentrão (48'). For their opponents, Paços de Ferreira had 9 attempts at goal with 3 on target. Uilton Silva (31') scored for Paços de Ferreira.
It is worth noting that Rio Ave have made hard work of scoring goals in their past 6 games, recording the disappointing return of just 4. In those fixtures, Rio Grande have also seen the collective goal tally of opposing teams equal 7.
Their previous form shows that Rio Ave:
- have not lost to Portimonense in away games against them for the last 2 matches in the league.
- haven’t won away from home in the past 4 league matches.
Head to head
A review of their past head-to-head meetings going back to 29/01/2018 shows us that Portimonense have won 1 of these & Rio Ave 4, with the number of drawn games standing at 1.
17 goals were produced between them throughout the course of those matches, with 7 of them for Portimonense and 10 created by Rio Grande . The average number of goals per game works out to 2.83.
The last league fixture featuring these sides was Primeira Liga match day 13 on 08/01/2021 when the final score was Rio Ave 3-0 Portimonense.
In that match, Rio Ave managed 40% possession and 16 shots on goal with 7 on target. The scorers were Pelé (51'), Ryotaro Meshino (54') and Carlos Mané (78').
Portimonense got 13 shots on goal with 3 of them on target.
The referee was Luis Godinho.
Team News: Portimonense
Availability isn’t a big problem, with just the sole fitness concern for the Portimonense gaffer Paulo Sérgio to be concerned with thanks to an otherwise robust squad. Lucas Fernandes (Cruciate Ligament Rupture) is out of contention.
Team News: Rio Ave
Rio Ave boss Miguel Cardoso has to currently contend with reduced team options. Nikola Jambor (Unknown Injury), Fábio Coentrão (Unknown Injury), André Pereira (Cruciate Ligament Rupture), Ivo Pinto (Unknown Injury) and Junio (Fibula Fracture) are those who can’t be considered.
Here, we’re thinking that Rio Ave will have their work cut out to see themselves scoring against this Portimonense side who we think should score & stay on top.
Our tip is therefore for a 1-0 advantage for Portimonense when the full-time whistle blows.
There should be little in it.
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🏟️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Estadio Municipal de Portimão (6,000)
Captain: Dener Clemente
Chairman: José da Rocha
Manager: Paulo Sérgio
Competitions: Primeira Liga position 10
🔑 Key Man: Dener Clemente
Usually playing in the Centre Midfield position, Dener Clemente was born in São Bernardo do Campo, Brazil. Having played his first senior match for São Paulo in the 2011 season, the goalscoring Midfielder has got 4 league goals in this Primeira Liga 2020 - 2021 campaign to date coming from a total of 27 appearances.