Aves – Rio Ave SOCCER PICKS
Desportivo Aves and Rio Ave meet at Estádio Clube Desportivo das Aves, in a match for this phase of the League Cup (Group Stage). The record of recent direct matches between these two teams could not be more balanced, since there were 3 draws and 1 win for each team in the last 5 games they played. The last direct confrontation between these two teams, on 23-02-2018, ended with a draw by (0-0). Particular attention is required for the home / away condition, since both teams present significantly different results at home and abroad.
The home team comes to this 2nd round of Group A after a draw in its opening in this group stage, against Paços de Ferreira, by (0-0). This is a team that usually makes good use of the home advantage, stronger with the help of its supporters, since in the last 30 matches they register 2 wins, 2 draws and 11 losses in away matches; against 6 victories, 4 draws and 5 defeats in his stadium. In the last match they played, for the Primeira Liga, they lost with Boavista out by (1-0). In the last 10 home matches Desportivo Aves has won 3, tied 3 and lost 4. They have not been very strong defensively, since they have suffered goals in 8 of the last 10 matches. In 10 matches, they suffered the first goal 6 times and only managed 1 comeback.
The Bird enters this unmotivated game, after a foreign snub, by 1-0, in the visit to the Boavista stadium. To point out that the home club is going through an uninteresting period, with six defeats in the last ten games played. One of the weaknesses of local training is the difficulty in finishing the goal opportunities available to him. On an individual level we highlight Vítor Gomes, the best score of the team, with 3 goals scored. Nildo Petrolina, Luis Fariña and Bura continue from outside for this day due to injury.
The visiting team disputes their second match in Group A, after having lost by (2-1) in their first match in this group stage, against Benfica. This is a team that usually makes good use of the home advantage, stronger with the help of its supporters, since in the last 30 matches they register 3 wins, 4 draws and 8 losses in away matches; against 11 victories and 4 draws in his stadium. The team comes to this match after a draw away with Sporting Braga by (1-1). In the last 10 away matches Rio Ave has won 3, tied 4 and lost 3. The team has conceded goals in 9 of the last 10 matches, so their defense needs to improve, but their attack He has scored regularly, since he scored goals in 9 of the last 10 matches. In 11 games, he only managed 1 comeback in the 6 games in which he suffered the first goal. In the last 8 away matches for all competitions there is 1 period that stands out: they have conceded 3 of their 8 goals between minutes (16′-30 ‘).
The River Ave enters into this duel with a draw, by 1-1, in the visit to the terrain of Braga, adding in this way the third game followed without losing. Interestingly, the last defeat was in the League Cup, when it lost to Benfica 2-1. The foreign team usually acts in a traditional 4-2-3-1, favoring quick transitions, in which the three arrows pointed at the opposing goal are Galen, Fábio Coentrão and Gelson Dala. The person responsible for driving the offensive attacks of his team is the Brazilian Diego Lopes. For this game the visiting coach can not count on Murilo, Nuno Santos, Ronan and Makaridze, all with physical problems.