Rio Ave didn’t have a brilliant pre-season, far from that actually,
and they have a new manager, who brings some new and good ideas.
Why do I think they are good? Because I like managers with this mentality, positive football, with eyes on the opponent’s goal, and Rio Ave plays like that, they have been playing like that for a while…
On the other hand, we have a team and a manager completely different, a defensive-minded team and a fearful manager.
It’s still early days, so it is a bit complicated to predict the outcomes, but one thing is for sure, last season didn’t end 10 years ago, it was only 3 months ago.
So their qualities and flaws are still more or less the same, since none of these sides changed much from last season.
Rio Ave vs Belenenses Pick :
There have been some changes in both teams, but I see more quality in the home side, especially with players like Chico Geraldes, Rúben Ribeiro and Nuno Santos, an offensive midfield trio with great quality.
Belenenses didn’t have a great pre-season as well. They got smashed 4-0 against Vitória de Guimarães B in a friendly tournament and they were also eliminated from the league cup against Real Massamá.
In this match, home advantage and Rio Ave’s quality makes me believe that we will have an home win here.