Chaves and Rio Ave meet at Estádio Municipal Eng. Manuel Branco Teixeira, in a match for the 15th round of the Primeira Liga. The history of recent direct confrontations is favorable to the visiting team, which has registered 1 win and 5 draws in the last 6 matches. The last direct match between these two teams, on 05-14-2017, ended with a draw by (2-2). Despite being a match between 8th and 6th of the table, it is actually a match between the 13th classified in home matches and the 4th as a visitor.
After 5 wins, 3 draws and 6 losses, the home team is currently in the 8 th position, with 18 points won. In their last match, they have won against Portimonense by (0-1), after in the previous match they have tied (0-0) at home, in a game against Boavista. This is a team that usually gets more positive results in away matches than at home, since they have won 10 points out of 8 and 8 at their stadium, with 8 goals scored and 13 conceded in away matches, against 8 goals scored and 6 conceded at home. For the championship, Chaves won 8 points out of 18 possible, after 2 wins, 2 draws and 2 losses in the last 6 matches played at their stadium.
For this competition, he does not lose in his stadium 4 games ago. Their attack has scored regularly, since they have scored goals in 7 of the last 10 matches for this competition. In 14 matches in the competition, they suffered the first goal 8 times and only managed 1 comeback. In the last 7 home matches for all competitions there is 1 period that stands out: they have scored 3 of their 8 goals between minutes (61′-75 ‘).
After a championship start to forget, Chaves finally seems to start reacting and showing his quality. Therefore, the Transmontano team must have the support of their fans and the good form to win one of the most competitive teams in Portuguese football.
In the last game the players of Luís Castro surprised, when defeating the Portimonense, by 0-1, totaling a total of four games in a row without tasting the taste of defeat in the championship. We remember that Chaves has 2 wins and 2 draws in the last 4 matches played in his stadium.
Injuries have been a problem for Chaves this season, however, the local coach has managed to overcome these difficulties. Even so, Nuno André Coelho, Thiago Galvão, Filipe Melo and Jorge Intima are unavailable, due to injury. On the other hand, Pedro Tiba remains in great prominence in the midfield of Chaves, being a very important player in the defensive and offensive process.
After 7 wins, 2 draws and 5 losses, the away team is currently in the 6 th position of the league, with 23 points won. In the penultimate match, they won in an away match against Tondela, by (1-3). In the last match, they won in a home match against Moreirense, by (2-1). This is a team little affected by the house factor, since it conquered similar results at home and abroad. The team comes to this match after a home win against Benfica by (3-2), at the end of the extra time. For the championship, Rio Ave won 10 points out of 18 possible points, after 3 wins, 1 draw and 2 losses in the last 6 matches as a visitor. In their away league matches the most frequent result at half-time was the 0-1 (3 out of 8 matches). The team allowed goals to the opponent in 8 of the last 10 matches for this competition, so he was not very strong defensively. In 14 matches in this tournament, they have conceded the first goal 6 times and have only won 1 result.
The team from Vila do Conde has successfully achieved the goals proposed for this season, continuing to live in the Portuguese Cup, and occupies the top of the leaderboard. In addition, the Rio Ave has played a very attractive football, placing the expectations of fans very high.
In the last match in the championship, the visitors won a difficult triumph over Moreirense, in a game in which they scored the winning goal in the last minutes. In the middle, there is a win away from home over Tondela and also the great victory over Benfica in the Portuguese Cup. Thus, the excellent moment is visible so that the river Ave crosses in the season.
For this game coach Miguel Cardoso should not have big headaches, as all players are available. In great shape is the left winger Rúben Ribeiro, a player of great technical quality and outstanding in the offensive transition. On the other hand, Hélder Guedes is the best marker of Rio Ave, with 4 goals scored.
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