Sports Mole previews Wednesday’s Primeira Liga clash between Rio Ave and Estoril Praia, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.
River Ave will receive Estoril Beach at the Estadio dos Arcos on Wednesday in a crucial battle in the battle at the bottom of the Primeira Liga table.
The two teams are separated by one point after 18 league games, with the hosts in the relegation zone and the visitors just one place above the bottom three.
A game show
On the back of a strong first half of the league campaign, Rio Ave will be back on Wednesday aiming to get out of the bottom three of the Primeira Liga table in the battle for top flight survival this term.
From their opening 18 games, Os Rioavistas have picked up just 16 points as they have managed to win twice in 17 attempts since the opening day, leaving them three points clear of 17th-placed Vizela and four ahead of Chaves.
Following four goals in a row and a defeat in 2023, their most recent victory in the league took place at the beginning of the new year, as. Luis Freire‘s side beat Portimonense 2-0 at home due to goals from Emmanuel Boateng and It’s Manuelbut they couldn’t continue there since they faced a tough trip away to Benfica and were beaten 4-1 despite going on. Spring.
Angel Di Maria equalized in the first half with Antonio Silva, Marcos Leonardo and João Mario it went on to stop the game, before Os Rioavistas met Chaves’ teammates and had to get a share of the spoils as neither side managed to break through.
Despite being disappointed by their standings just after the halfway point of the campaign, Rio Ave are far from being cut, and with one, two and three points behind Wednesday’s opponents, Estrela Amadora and Casa Pia respectively, they have a chance to get out of the last three with a win in between per week.
Their visitors will look to increase that gap to survive, however, after enduring the first half of the campaign in Portugal’s top flight.
Following the last 14th finish, Estoril Praia is currently in 15th place in the Primeira Liga and leads by just one point, since despite having managed five victories in their 18 games, Chaves’ lower team is the one that has suffered the most. their defeat 11.
After an abysmal start, four of those five wins in six games to end 2023 on a positive note, culminating in a 4-0 drubbing of Farense in late December. Joao Marques‘s brace and goals based Tiago Araujo and Raul Parrabut they have been unable to extend this lead since the end of the year, instead losing three more times in the competition and conceding 10 goals along the way.
The new year began with a difficult trip to the leaders Sporting Lisbon, and Vasco SeabraThe team won 5-1, before falling disappointingly to Moreirense and recently losing 2-1 at home to ninth-placed Arouca before heading to the Taca da Liga final at the weekend.
Wednesday saw off Benfica in a penalty shoot-out on Wednesday to book a tie with Braga in the final but they were on the wrong side of the same result sadly, failing in the shootout after a 1-1 draw and going out empty-handed. , and now with their full focus on the battle to stay top of the campaign this campaign, Estoril Praia will look to get back to winning ways on Wednesday and move four points clear at the top of the Primeira Liga.
Rio Ave Primeira Liga form:
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Rio Ave can’t sing in the background Miguel Nobrega On Wednesday, as will serve the suspension of the accumulation of yellow cards, but Aderlan Santos are back in contention and are set to replace the back three after being suspended last time out due to the red card shown in their defeat to Benfica.
Santos agrees Renato Pantalon and Josue Sa from the beginning, when Guga is Amine Oudhiri and important men in the engine room Joao Graca perhaps completing a midfield three if they settle with a 3-5-2 formation.
Emmanuel Boateng continues to lead the line, having scored four goals so far, and Leonardo AcevedoThat’s Manuel Abdul-Aziz Yakubu competing to join him, when Costinha will provide further support from the wing back where he has also scored four goals this season.
Vasco Seabra are expected to have an Estoril Praia starting XI similar to the one that played in last week’s Taca da Liga final after falling in the final against Braga. Cassian he is set to lead the line again after scoring his 10th career goal of the game.
This is the case even from the competition Alejandro Marquesand Rafik Guitane and Joao Marques could also feature as a lone striker in a 3-4-3.
Jordan Holsgrove he will ask to return to the midfield from the beginning, after that Koba Koindredi and Matthew Fernandes was chosen last, where Pedro Alvaro, Bernardo Vital and a former Manchester City man Eliaquim Mangala it must be in the default row.
Rio Ave that can start in the list:
Jonathan; Pantalon, Santos, Sa; Costinha, Graca, Guga, Oudrhiri, Ronaldo; Boateng, Manuel
Estoril Praia can be on the starting list:
The price of MKUYU; Alvaro, Vital, Mangala; De Pina, Holsgrove, Coindredi, Araujo; Guitane, Cassiano, J Marques
We say: Rio Ave 1-2 Estoril Praia
Although Estoril Praia may be feeling the effects of the busy schedule, they are now focused on the Primeira Liga and should count on Wednesday and get back to winning ways to start in Portugal’s top flight.
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