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Sporting Lisbon will be hosting away team Rio Ave at Estádio José Alvalade in the Primeira Liga meeting on Friday.
All Sporting Lisbon v Rio Ave game predictions, stats and user poll are shown below - along with the latest match odds.
Sporting Lisbon will be looking for a repeat result of a 0-2 Primeira Liga victory vs Nacional.
In that match, Sporting Lisbon had 58% possession and 24 attempts on goal with 5 on target. For Sporting Lisbon, the scorers were Nuno Santos (43') and Jovane Cabral (90'). On the other side, Nacional had 6 shots on goal with 1 of them on target.
Their more recent scorelines really do illustrate the point that it has been a great time for the Sporting Lisbon defence. Sportinguistas have been stingy, resulting in the total number of goals that have gone in at their end over the course of their past 6 outings standing at 4.
Taking a look at their past results, Sporting Lisbon:
- have not won against Rio Ave in their previous 2 league games.
- are undefeated in their last 15 league matches at home. What a fantastic run.
Rio Ave head into the game following a 3-0 Primeira Liga win with the eclipse of Portimonense in their last fixture.
In that game, Rio Ave had 40% possession and 16 attempts at goal with 7 of them on target. For Rio Ave, the scorers were Pelé (51'), Ryotaro Meshino (54') and Carlos Mané (78'). Portimonense had 13 attempts at goal with 3 of them on target.
The trend of at least one team not managing to score in games featuring Rio Ave has become fairly consistent in recent matches. Checking on their last six meetings reveals that it’s happened 5 times. During those clashes, their opponents have hit a goal total of 10 and Rio Grande have scored 4. We shall soon find out whether or not that trend will end up being sustained here.
Heading into this fixture, Rio Ave haven’t won away from home in the past 4 matches in the league.
Head to head
Checking on their most recent head-to-head meetings going back to 27/10/2017 shows us that Sporting Lisbon have won 4 of them & Rio Ave 1, with the tally of drawn matches standing at 1.
A combined sum of 17 goals were produced between them in this period, with 12 of them from Sportinguistas and 5 for Rio Grande . This gives an average number of goals per game equal to 2.83.
The last league encounter between these clubs was Primeira Liga match day 21 on 15/02/2020 and the score finished Rio Ave 1-1 Sporting Lisbon.
On that day, Rio Ave had 54% possession and 15 attempts on goal with 6 of them on target. Their only player to score was Lucas Piazón (2').
For their opponents, Sporting Lisbon had 7 shots at goal with 2 of them on target. Jovane Cabral (84') was the scorer.
The referee was Fábio Veríssimo.
Team News: Sporting Lisbon
Andraz Sporar (Corona virus), Luiz Phellype (Cruciate Ligament Rupture), Luís Neto (Corona virus) and Nuno Mendes (Corona virus) are unavailable for Sporting gaffer Rúben Amorim.
Team News: Rio Ave
Thanks to a mainly available group, there is only a single fitness issue for the Rio Ave gaffer Mário Silva to be concerned with. Junio (Fibula Fracture) won’t be playing here.
It’s looking like Rio Ave will surely find it tough to find the net against a Sporting Lisbon lineup who look likely to fashion the chances to find the net multiple times while not conceding.
We’re going for a very comprehensive 3-0 winning margin for Sporting Lisbon by the conclusion of the match.
Our expert partners are tipping under 3.5 goals for this match. Check out their VIP predictions here.
⚽️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Estádio José Alvalade (50,095)
Captain: Sebastián Coates
Chairman: Frederico Varandas
Manager: Rúben Amorim
Competitions: Primeira Liga position 1, Europa League Qualifiers (Play-Offs)
⭐ Key Player: Nuno Santos
Typically played in the Right Wing position, Nuno Santos was born in Trofa, Portugal. After making a first senior appearance for Benfica in the 2015 - 2016 season, the talented Forward has struck 4 league goals in this Primeira Liga 2020 - 2021 season to date coming from a total of 13 appearances.