On the match that will open this 3rd matchday of the Portuguese league, current 4th and 5th placed teams will face off.
Rio Ave and Portimonense have, respectively, 6 and 3 points, with Rio Ave having 2 wins on 2 matches played, while Portimonense has a loss and a win so far.
From the hosts’ side, the team started the season in excellent fashion, with two great triumphs over Belenenses and Boavista, home and away respectively, and they are the only team who has kept up with the “Big 3” (Sporting, Porto and Benfica) in the league table so far.
The team had 2 great exhibitions in Vila do Conde and then at Estádio do Bessa, with game principles well defined and a remarkable quality of football for a team like Rio Ave’s (although they are one of the few who have been doing that in the last couple of years, excluding the “big 3”).
From Portimonense’s side, the team has also shown an interesting footballing ability so far, despite being considered one of the relegation contenders this season.
After a very fortunate match against Boavista (especially in the 2nd half, where they played really well and only allowed Boavista to have 1 shot), Vítor Oliveira’s team also had a good performance in Braga, scoring relatively early and almost being able to snatch some points in one of the toughest grounds in all of Liga NOS.
Considering their recent showings, I believe that this side can be a bit more ambitious and fight for something more other than avoiding relegation from this top tier.
Rio Ave vs Portimonense Pick:
Rio Ave has been one of the teams with better processes and better playing quality so far, just like Portimonense, although with some differences.
In any way, from what we’ve seen of Rio Ave, I believe that the team is clearly evolving and they are already showing some very pronounced concepts applied.
If they are able to maintain their current level, they will make their fans very happy this season.
Playing at home, despite facing an interesting Portimonense side, that has caused their opponents some trouble.
Ithink that Rio Ave will win this encounter (2-0) against this side from Algarve, which will keep them on top of the table.
|Rio Ave AH -1|