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head to Estádio do Rio Ave on Tuesday for the Primeira Liga game with home team Rio Ave
. View all Rio Ave v Braga tips, stats and our pre-match poll below (plus the best game odds).
Rio Ave are hoping to win again following a 1-2 Primeira Liga triumph versus Vitória Setúbal. In that match, Rio Ave had 69% possession and 17 shots at goal with 7 on target. For Rio Ave, the scorers were Mehdi Taremi (27') and Gelson Dala (80'). Vitória Setúbal got 8 shots on goal with 3 on target. Hélder Guedes (25') was the scorer for Vitória Setúbal.
Carlos Carvalhal's Rio Ave have managed to score a sum total of 7 times in their past 6 outings. The corresponding number of goals that they have conceded in those games is 7.
Looking at the pre-match facts, Rio Ave:
- have not emerged victorious against SC Braga in their previous 3 matches in the league.
- are without a home win in the past 5 matches in the league. Things will have to change soon.
Braga come into this clash following a 3-2 Primeira Liga win in the defeat of Vitória Guimarães in their previous match. In that game, Braga had 54% possession and 14 attempts on goal with 3 on target. For Braga, the goalscorers were Paulinho (1'), Trincão (42') and Galeno (65'). Vitória Guimarães got 16 shots at goal with 4 of them on target. André André (15') and Bruno Duarte (35') scored for Vitória Guimarães.
The numbers tell their own story, and Braga have been scored against in 5 of their last 6 games, with opponents netting 8 goals in all. In defence, Os Arcebispos just haven’t been too solid at all. We will just have to see whether or not that trend will be sustained in this game.
Coming into this clash, Braga haven’t won away from home in the past 2 league matches.
Head to head
A review of their most recent head to head meetings stretching back to 02/02/2017 shows us that Rio Ave have won 2 of them & Braga 3, with the number of drawn results standing at 1.
An aggregate of 12 goals were scored between the two sides in this period, with 5 of them from Rio Grande and 7 created by Os Arcebispos. That’s an average goals per game of 2.
The previous league match featuring these clubs was Primeira Liga match day 12 on 02/12/2019 when it ended Braga 2-0 Rio Ave. That time, Braga had 58% possession and 12 attempts on goal with 4 on target. The goalscorers were Paulinho (41') and Ricardo Horta (80'). Rio Ave got 9 attempts on goal with 2 on target. The match was refereed by Nuno Almeida.
Team News: Rio Ave
There aren’t many personnel worries, with just one fitness concern for the Rio Ave gaffer Carlos Carvalhal to be concerned about from of an almost fully healthy squad. Nikola Jambor (Knee Surgery) is out of contention. Suspended players who are serving a ban for this game are Al Musrati, Nuno Santos and Diogo Figueiras.
Team News: Braga
Braga boss Custódio Castro has to contend with a number of unavailable players. Vítor Tormena (Muscle Injury) and Wallace (Muscle Injury) are those who can’t be considered.
Our thinking is that Rio Ave will need things to go their way to breach the defence of this Braga lineup who we reckon should end up scoring and staying ahead. With that in mind, we reckon that it will be a very competitive encounter with a 0-1 advantage for Braga at the end of this one. A close call.
⚽️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Estádio do Rio Ave (9,065)
Captain: Ricardo Tarantini
Chairman: António Silva Campos
Manager: Carlos Carvalhal
Competitions: Primeira Liga position 6
⭐ Key Player: Gelson Dala
Regularly played in the Striker position, Gelson Dala was born in Luanda, Angola. Having made his senior debut playing for Sporting CP in the 2016 - 2017 season, the talented Forward has got 5 league goals in this Primeira Liga 2019 - 2020 campaign to date in 9 appearances.