Rio Ave vs Sporting – Liga NOS: Sporting hopes to prove in Vila do Conde that they are capable of conjugating their Liga NOS’ ambitions with the Champions League…
If on the last season the doubts and problems of the team have arisen in a busier period of the calendar, this season Jorge Jesus’ team are trying to put an end to the speculation.
It is not about seeing Sporting rotating their players more on different matches but rather about utilizing their resources in a smarter way.
On the defensive line, the options that Jorge Jesus has this season give him a lot more insurances on the defensive aspect, as well as more consistency on the transition to attack.
At the same time, the possibility of using Battaglia or a 2nd striker closer to Bas Dost have also been allowing some adaptations to the match’s context.
The 5-1 win over Desportivo de Chaves showed that more dominant side, with Daniel Podence deserving some recognition, on a more offensive approach,
allowing Bas Dost his return to scoring, in a match where Acuña has also shown his goal scoring prowess.
In Vila do Conde, it will be acceptable to think that the team might present itself with a less offensive approach,
but it will be up to Sporting to take on the responsibility of having more ball possession.
Rio Ave present themselves, on this match, with several absences that will jeopardise their playing style.
Without Francisco Geraldes, on loan from Sporting, they lost part of their creativity on the midfield,
and without Marcão and Bruno Teles, who were both sent-off on their last match, the team will have to make a lot of changes on their defence.
Overcoming that will be the first challenge for Miguel Cardoso on this reception to Sporting.
Rio Ave vs Sporting – Betting Tip and Prediction:
From now on, the expectations point to a Sporting with more ball, more opportunities and, especially, more pressure to fulfil their responsibility to win.
To Rio Ave, even because of the constraints, this match will be interesting to try to understand how much can their team still improve.
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