Sporting Lisbon vs Rio Ave Match Analysis & Prediction
25/09/2023 10:15 pm
Gameweek six of the Primeira Liga will see Sporting Lisbon look to continue their solid start to the season when they face Rio Ave at Estadio Jose Alvalade on Monday night.
The hosts are currently in second place in the league standings in the early stages of the campaign, while the visitors are down in 13th and in desperate need of a victory.
After only managing a fourth-placed finish last season, Sporting Lisbon have got the current campaign off to an impressive start and are currently on 13th points after the first five matches, level with Boavista at the top of the table.
Ruben Amorim’s side also got their Europa League campaign started with a victory, beating Sturm Graz away from home in midweek when they showed their fighting spirit, coming from a goal down to win 2-1.
The only points that the Lions have dropped so far this season came in a 1-1 draw against Sporting Braga in gameweek four, although the last time they suffered defeat in the Primeira Liga was in early February.
Meanwhile, Rio Ave managed a 14th-placed finish last season, and based on their form so far, they seem likely to struggle to break into the top half of the table again this term.
Luis Freire’s side played out a 1-1 draw at home to Famalicao last weekend and were arguably a little fortunate to have come away with that point as they went 1-0 down inside the first 15 minutes and got their equaliser through a Mirko Topic own goal just after halftime.
That result extended their winless run in the league to four successive matches, including two draws and two losses, while their only win in the current campaign came in gameweek one when they beat Chaves 2-0 at home.
Rio Ave have not been the greatest on their travels, with a record of three wins in their last 20 matches, and they will be out to bring an end to a six-game winless run of the road in this fixture.
Sporting Lisbon vs. Rio Ave Head to head
In the 49 previous meetings between these two teams, Sporting Lisbon have claimed 31 victories while Rio Ave have won seven, and they have drawn in 11. Rio Ave have scored 43 goals and conceded 86 in the process.
15/01/2021Sporting Lisbon1Rio Ave1Primeira Liga
05/05/2021Rio Ave0Sporting Lisbon2Primeira Liga
13/08/2022Sporting Lisbon3Rio Ave0Primeira Liga
07/12/2022Rio Ave0Sporting Lisbon2Taca da Liga
07/02/2023Rio Ave0Sporting Lisbon1Primeira Liga
Sporting Lisbon Team News
Sporting Lisbon have one injury absentee, with Jerry St Juste struggling with a knock and expected to be sidelined for at least another month.
Ousmane Diomande and Viktor Gyokeres have scored in each of the last two matches and should keep their spots in the side, while Hidemasa Morita will hope for a starting XI place alongside the former.
Sporting Lisbon's Last 5 Matches
18/08/2023Casa Pia1Sporting Lisbon2Primeira Liga
27/08/2023Sporting Lisbon1Famalicao0Primeira Liga
03/09/2023Sporting Braga1Sporting Lisbon1Primeira Liga
17/09/2023Sporting Lisbon3Moreirense0Primeira Liga
21/09/2023Sturm Graz1Sporting Lisbon2Europa League
Rio Ave Team News
Freire has one injury absentee for this game in the form of goalkeeper Jhonatan, who is suffering from a thigh injury and is only expected to return next month.
Savio Alves, Aderllan Santos and Renato Pantalon have started the last three matches for the visitors and are likely to form the defensive trio with Guga in the pivot.
Rio Ave's Last 5 Matches
13/08/2023Rio Ave2Chaves0Primeira Liga
20/08/2023Estoril2Rio Ave0Primeira Liga
28/08/2023Rio Ave1Porto2Primeira Liga
02/09/2023Casa Pia1Rio Ave1Primeira Liga
16/09/2023Rio Ave1Famalicao1Primeira Liga
Sporting Lisbon vs. Rio Ave: Odds and Predictions
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