Portimonense vs Rio Ave – Liga NOS: Portimonense is in 13th place with 18 points conquered
Mainly thanks to the points they conquered at home, where they’ve already obtained 14 points.
The inexperience of the team led by Vítor Oliveira is causing them to drop too many important points, like they did on the match against Chaves.
For example, where they lost thanks to a penalty already in injury time, or on the loss against Marítimo with the deciding goal also being scored in injury time, when the team could very well have managed the draw and get another important point.
Fabricio and Nakajima are without a doubt the key pieces of this team. One is very powerful and very good technically while the other is very quick and has a good technique.
Miguel Cardoso’s Rio Ave is in 5th place with 33 points conquered and the departure of Rúben Ribeiro to Sporting didn’t end up hurting the team as much as it was expected.
The team is playing with more player in midfield, and that way they can play with João Novais and Guedes at the same time.
With Novais playing in the role of false nine, dropping to the wing in many occasions, but always being the 2nd man to appear in the box helping out Guedes.
The team has been playing good football, creating good goal opportunities and defensively they are also doing very well, because with the presence of Tarantini, the team wins a lot more balls, on defence.
Portimonense vs Rio Ave – Betting Tip and Prediction:
I think this will be a very interesting match, where victory can go either way.
However, I find Rio Ave collectively much stronger than Portimonense, despite the fact that Vítor Oliveira’s team has been doing well at their own stadium and they have been improving week after week.
Vítor Oliveira tries to alert the team to the naïve mistakes that they make, but in my opinion the key factor of this match might very well have to do with Rio Ave’s speed to get on the counter-attack. Because with only ¾ touches, the team is able to get to the opposing box.
Besides that, this Rio Ave is also very strong on set pieces, so I really don’t expect to see them losing here.
|Rio Ave or draw||