Rio Ave and Moreirense meet at Estádio do Rio Ave Futebol Clube, in a match for the 14th round of the Primeira Liga. In this stadium, the history of direct confrontations is favorable to the visiting team, which records 2 wins, 1 draw and 1 loss in the last 4 matches. However, the last time these two teams played a match at this stadium was on 03-12-2017, for the Primeira Liga, which ended with the victory of Rio Ave by (3-2). The goals of the match were scored by Gil Dias (28 ‘), Rafa (44’) and Guedes (54 ‘), for Rio Ave, and Alex (38’) and Roberto (62 ‘), for Moreirense. Despite being a match between 6 th and 17 th of the table, it is actually a match between the 10 th best team in home matches and the 13 th best in away matches.
The home team is currently in the 6 th position of the league, with 20 points won, after 6 wins, 2 draws and 5 losses. In the penultimate match, they lost in a home match against Vitória Guimarães, by (0-1). In the last match, they won in an away match against Tondela, by (1-3). This is a team little affected by the home factor, that is, usually conquer as many points at home as outside. In his last games he scored 7 goals and suffered 6 at home, against 7 scored and 4 suffered as a visitor. For the championship, Rio Ave conquered 10 points out of 21 possible, after 3 wins, 1 draw and 3 losses in the last 7 home matches. The team allowed goals to the opponent in 8 of the last 10 matches for this competition, so it has not been very strong defensively. In 13 games in this tournament, he suffered the first goal 5 times and never got the comeback.
The Rio Ave comes to this game with a triumph in the field of Tondela, by 1-3, returning in this way to the victories for the Portuguese championship: Pelé, Ribeiro and Guedes scored the team’s goals. Normally coach Miguel Cardoso organizes the team in 4-2-3-1, benefiting possession of the ball and organized attacks: Guedes is usually the most advanced player of the team of the city of Vila do Conde. In addition, this player is the best marker of Rio Ave, with 4 goals scored. Everything indicates that the coach of the house still can not count on the injured Eliseu Cassama.
The away team is currently in the 17 th position, with 8 points won, after 1 win, 5 draws and 7 losses. In the penultimate match, they lost in an away match against Boavista, by (1-0). In the last match, they tied in a home match against Marítimo, by (1-1). This is a team that usually makes good use of the home advantage, since they have won 4 points in away matches and 5 at their stadium, with 5 goals scored and 14 conceded at home, against 3 goals scored and 7 conceded at home. In the last 7 away league matches Moreirense has a record of 1 win, 1 draw and 5 losses, so they have won 4 points out of 21 possible.
In this competition, he has lost the last 4 games away and has not won any of the last 8 appearances. They have not been very strong defensively, since they have suffered goals in 9 of the last 10 matches for this competition. This is a team that scores only few times and was only able to open the scoring in 3 of its last 13 matches for the Primeira Liga, of these 3 came to rest in advantage in 2 and won at the end of the 90 ‘in 1. In 13 matches in this competition, he never got the comeback in the 9 games in which he suffered the first goal.
The Moreirense comes to this day with a tie to a ball in front of the Marítimo, thus adding the eighth consecutive game without beating the Portuguese championship: the only goal was scored by Tozé. In this game against the Rio Ave, visitors must opt for a more cautious strategy, going on the attack through counterattacks, exploring the best defensive weaknesses of the opponent. Rafael Costa is one of the players that stands out in the Moreirense, being this the best score, with 2 goals scored. For this game coach Sérgio Vieira can not use Belkaroui, suspended, in addition to Drame and Ença Fati, due to injury.
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