Porto vs Rio Ave – Taça da Liga : Porto is a Portuguese team that occupies the 1st place of Liga NOS with 39 points in 15 matches
FC Porto is still present in all competitions. In the league, they are leaders, in the Champions League they are on the round of 16, in Taça de Portugal they are in the quarter finals and in Taça da Liga they still have chances to qualify for the semi-finals.
On the début of this group stage, they drew 0-0 with Leixões on a match where Porto’s reserves didn’t really justify the opportunity they were given and even Sérgio Conceição criticized that in the post-match analysis.
Still, FC Porto can still advance, but they must win this match, preferably with goals that can end up being important.
Rio Ave is a Portuguese team that occupies the 6th place of Liga Nos with 24 points in 15 matches.
Rio Ave is a team that always puts some effort into the Cups, and on the Portuguese cup they are in the quarter-finals, with clear chances of reaching the final, since they will avoid FC Porto and Sporting on that path to the final.
Rio Ave is a team that plays good football, that likes to have the ball and have the initiative whenever possible, which is a remarkable attitude for a smaller club.
Rio Ave is coming off a 1-1 draw in Chaves and Marcelo was sent off in that match, which means he will miss this match.
Rio Ave started the group stage with a 1-1 draw in Paços de Ferreira, and in order to keep their dream of advancing alive, they would need to get at least a draw here.
Porto vs Rio Ave – Betting Tip and Prediction:
FC Porto has to win this match, otherwise they might not depend solely on themselves. Even if they win, they won’t solely depend on themselves, since Leixões already has 4 points in this group.
FC Porto knows they have to win here and they are taking this match seriously, so much that after the 3-1 victory over Marítimo, the players that were in the bench were practising in order to gain some rhythm for this match.
Some rotation is expected, with Iker Casillas, Oliver, André André and Soares possibly returning to the starting line-up, which means the team’s dynamic might be affected.
Rio Ave is a very positive team and I believe that the first half of this match will be more balanced, which means I only expect, at most, 1 goal during the first 45 minutes.
|Under 1.5 goals HT||