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Tondela will take to the pitch with visiting team Rio Ave at Estádio João Cardoso in the Primeira Liga tie on Sunday.
All Tondela v Rio Ave game predictions, stats and user poll are shown below (including the best match odds).
Tondela, who won their previous game, will hope for a similar result following a 1-2 Primeira Liga triumph versus Moreirense.
In that match, Tondela had 33% possession and 14 attempts at goal with 4 of them on target. For Tondela, the goals were scored by João Pedro (45') and Pepelu (90'). At the other end, Moreirense had 10 attempts on goal with 3 on target. João Aurélio (70') scored for Moreirense.
It has been seldom in recent times where Tondela have kept a clean sheet. It will be a concern for them that Auriverdes have seen their defence breached in 5 of their previous 6 matches, letting in 9 goals during that time.
Rio Ave will go into this encounter following on from a 0-2 Europa League Qualifiers win with the eclipse of Borac Banja Luka in their most recent fixture.
A run of reliable displays by the Rio Ave defenders has resulted in their ‘goals against’ tally amounting to 4 from their past 6 fixtures in total. Over that same period, their own forwards have managed to score 8. Such a pattern won’t necessarily be carried forward here, though.
Head to head
A glance at their prior head-to-head clashes going back to 02/12/2017 shows us that Tondela have won 1 of these games and Rio Ave 2, with the tally of draws standing at 3.
A total of 21 goals were produced between them throughout the course of those matches, with 10 from Auriverdes and 11 being from Rio Grande . The average number of goals per game works out to 3.5.
The last league encounter featuring these sides was Primeira Liga match day 22 on 22/02/2020 which finished with the scoreline of Tondela 1-2 Rio Ave.
On that occasion, Tondela managed 41% possession and 7 shots on goal with 4 on target. The scorer was João Pedro (82').
On the other side, Rio Ave had 9 attempts on goal with 3 of them on target. Gelson Dala (74', 90') was the scorer.
The match was refereed by Manuel Mota.
Team News: Tondela
Tondela boss Pako Ayestarán will be thankful to have no fitness worries to speak of ahead of this game thanks to a fully healthy group available to choose from.
In our view, Auriverdes look set to opt for a 4-3-3 system for this one, utilising Pedro Trigueira, Filipe Ferreira, Ricardo Miguel Martins Alves, Yohan Tavares, Roberto de Jesus Machado Bebeto, João Pedro Machado, Pedro Augusto, João Lamine Jaquité, Ruben Fonseca, Tomislav Strkalj and Jhon Murillo.
Team News: Rio Ave
Rio Ave manager Mário Silva has to contend with a number of unavailable players. Nikola Jambor (Knee Surgery), Junio (Fibula Fracture) and Ronan (Unknown Injury) are those who can’t be considered.
There’s a good chance that Rio Grande could decide to utilise a 4-3-3 formation with a starting lineup of Pawel Kieszek, Ivo Pinto, Toni Borevkovic, Nélson Monte, Pedro Amaral, Tarantini, Nikola Jambor, Filipe Augusto, Lucas Piazón, Gelson Dala and Gabrielzinho.
We’ve got the feeling that Tondela will have to perform well to hit the back of the net against this Rio Ave side who we think will likely get the vital goal that wins it.
We’re therefore tipping a hard-fought contest, finishing with a 0-1 win for Rio Ave at the end of this game.
We’re expecting it to be that close.
⚽️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Estádio João Cardoso (5,000)
Captain: Cláudio Ramos
Chairman: Gilberto Neves Coimbra
Manager: Pako Ayestarán