Porto vs Rio Ave – Liga NOS: Thinking about a match between Sérgio Conceição’s FC Porto and Miguel Cardoso’s Rio Ave is trying to imagine a scenario
Where two forces with strategies that don’t match up well facing off inside a football pitch. Where the Dragons have energy and effort, the visitors tend to favour lightness and technique.
Therefore, with more or less difficulties, FC Porto has won the 2 matches they’ve already played against Rio Ave.
This match, however, has a precedent that affects what was expected. The rout imposed by Liverpool at Estádio do Dragão, with the English side battering the Dragons by 5 unanswered goals, had to affect Sérgio Conceição’s team.
Not exactly lacerating the heart of a team that is in 1st place of Liga NOS but removing them one of the fields where they had been asserting themselves, like an European competition.
The following day to that match will always be intense. Looking at the previous experience on the season, playing at home, we should expect an FC Porto more energetic,
without sparing no efforts, looking to pressure high up the pitch and make Rio Ave tremble on their own midfield. Although the team from Vila do Conde still has some weapons to deal with that threat, that will surely not be their main strength.
Porto vs Rio Ave – Betting Tip and Prediction:
The best that could happen to Miguel Cardoso’s team was for FC Porto to look in grief in this match.
Just like they managed to do in the first half, at Estádio da Luz, Rio Ave’s team might have a strategy that allows them to have some superiority at the central corridor.
But to make that solid, they won’t be able to tremble like they’ve done in that match, during the 2nd half. Considering that, FC Porto has all the favouritism to win in this match, although Rio Ave might be able to score a goal.
|Team totals: Porto Over 2.5 goals||