Rio Ave vs Estoril Praia Match Analysis & Prediction
13/02/2023 10:00 pm
Rio Ave take on Estoril Praia in a relegation six-pointer at the Estadio do Rio Ave Futebol Clube, with the two sides separated by just one point.
Rio Ave have encountered struggles with the step-up in division after being promoted as winners of the second tier of Portuguese football last season.
Eight defeats across the 2022-23 league campaign have left them on the brink of being dragged into the heavily-congested relegation battle.
Hoping to bounce back following a 3-1 defeat at Vizela on January 29, Rio Ave failed to return to winning ways eight days later as Youssef Chermiti’s 84th-minute goal was enough for Sporting Lisbon take all three points.
Luis Freire’s side will face Porto in their next game, hoping to make the journey to the Estadio do Dragao with three points under the belt after Monday’s contest.
Present in the Primeira Liga since the 2021-22 campaign, Estoril Praia are only one place and point above Rio Ave.
Estoril still have Santa Clara – who occupy the relegation playoff spot in the standings – in their sight, meaning Monday’s vistors will need to improve on their recent run of mixed results if the want to avoid dropping down a division at the end of the 2022-23 season.
After suffering a 1-0 defeat to Vitoria de Guimaraes on February 4, Bruno Baltazar’s side picked up all three points through a 2-1 victory over 10-man Boavista on Thursday.
Estoril’s eight goals on their current league away matches are one fewer than Rio Ave have scored in front of their fans this season.
Rio Ave vs. Estoril Praia Head to head
In the 23 previous meetings between these two teams across all competitions, Rio Ave have claimed 13 victories while Estoril have won six, and they have drawn in four. Estoril have scored 22 goals and conceded 36 in the process.
06/03/2017Estoril0Rio Ave2Primeira Liga
04/11/2017Estoril0Rio Ave2Primeira Liga
30/03/2018Rio Ave2Estoril0Primeira Liga
12/01/2021Rio Ave1Estoril2Taca de Portugal
19/08/2022Estoril2Rio Ave2Primeira Liga
Rio Ave Team News
Freire could recall Andre Pereira and Paulo Vitor to the starting XI at the expense of two from Leonardo Acevedo, Emmanuel Boateng and Miguel Baeza.
After coming off against Sporting Lisbon, centre-back Josue Sa should be fit to slot into a familiar-looking Rio Ave defence alongside Renato Pantalon and Patrick.
Rio Ave's Last 5 Matches
07/01/2023Vitoria Guimaraes0Rio Ave0Primeira Liga
14/01/2023Rio Ave0Pacos Ferreira1Primeira Liga
22/01/2023Famalicao0Rio Ave0Primeira Liga
29/01/2023Vizela3Rio Ave1Primeira Liga
07/02/2023Rio Ave0Sporting Lisbon1Primeira Liga
Estoril Praia Team News
Following victory over Boavista, Estoril head coach Bruno Baltazar in unlikely to make changes to his side for Monday’s contest.
Attacking duo of Tiago Gouveia and Tiago Araujo will again take their spot alongside Francisco Geraldes behind lone striker Joao Carlos.
Estoril Praia's Last 5 Matches
16/01/2023Estoril2Casa Pia0Primeira Liga
04/02/2023Estoril0Vitoria Guimaraes1Primeira Liga
Rio Ave vs. Estoril Praia: Odds and Predictions
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