Rio Ave and Desportivo Aves meet at Estádio do Rio Ave Futebol Clube, in a match for the 24 th round of the Primeira Liga. In the last direct confrontation for this edition of the league, on 09-24-2017, the two teams tied (0-0). The record of recent direct confrontations between these two teams could not be more balanced, as there were 2 draws and 1 win for each team in the last 4 matches they played. The last direct confrontation between these two teams, on 10-01-2018, ended with the victory of Desportivo Aves by (4-5), in the shoot-off on penalties. The condition home / away deserves particular attention, because despite this being a match between 5 th and 14 th of the league table, it is actually a match between the 5th classified in home games and the 8 th as a visitor.
After 11 wins, 3 draws and 9 losses, the home team is currently in the 5 th position, with 36 points won. In their last match, they lost with Porto out by (5-0), after in the previous match they won by (3-0) at home, in a match against Marítimo. This is a team that usually makes good use of the home advantage, since they have won 22 points in away matches, with 13 goals scored and 22 conceded, against 19 points won at their stadium, with 18 goals scored and 9 conceded. In the last 10 home league matches Rio Ave has a record of 6 wins, 1 draw and 3 losses, so they have won 19 points out of 30 possible.
For this competition, record a sequence of 4 victories in their last home matches. In their home league matches the most frequent result at half-time was the 0-0 (6 out of 11 matches). They have not been very strong defensively, since they have suffered goals in 8 of the last 10 matches, but their offense has scored frequently, since they have scored goals in 9 of the last 10 matches for this competition. In 23 matches in the competition, they suffered the first goal 9 times and only managed 1 comeback.
The Rio Ave comes to this game with a heavy defeat in the field of FC Porto, by 5-0, adding in this way the third snub in the last four games played. In this way, the locals let the Chaves approach in the fight for the 5th position of the championship. For this game coach Miguel Cardoso must continue to line up in 4-2-3-1, benefiting possession of the ball and the successive organizing attacks: Chico Geraldes is the star of the team. On the other hand, Hélder Guedes is one of the great highlights of Rio Ave, with 8 goals scored. Absences will not be a problem for this game.
After 5 wins, 6 draws and 12 losses, the away team is currently in the 14 th position of the league, with 21 points won. In their last match, they tied with Marítimo at home (0-0), after in the previous match they won away, in a match against Belenenses, by (2-5). This is a team that usually gets more positive results in away matches than at home, since they have won 12 points in away matches and 9 at their stadium, with 15 goals scored and 18 conceded in away matches, against 9 goals scored and 17 conceded at home. In the last 10 away matches for the championship, Desportivo Aves has 3 wins, 2 draws and 5 losses, so they have won 11 points out of 30 possible. The team allowed goals to the opponent in 8 of the last 10 matches for this competition, so it was not very strong defensively. In 23 matches in this competition, they only won 1 comeback in the 14 matches in which they suffered the first goal.
The Bird comes to this game with a goalless draw against the Sea, adding the third game in a row without tasting the taste of defeat in the championship. It should be noted that visitors are 1 point from the descent zone. In this game against Rio Ave coach José Mota should not flee much from his usual game model, benefiting the organization of his block and successive rapid transitions. Without major absences due to injury, we highlight the quality in the finalization of Paulo Machado, a player who already scored 4 goals in this competition.
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