Rio Ave vs Aves for the Portuguese Primeira Liga championship match on Friday at Arcos Stadium.
The Rio Ave team enters this round of matchday 3 of the Portuguese Premier League being one of the two teams, together with Vitória de Guimarães, who has only played one round in the competition, after the match between these two teams has been postponed due to problems with the stadium stands.
Thus, the team of Vila do Conde comes to this match only with the result of the second round of the league, where they were defeated by Famalicão 1-0, in a game in which they had a good initiative in offensive terms, but were very unassertive at that level (only 1 shot on goal from 13 total chances).
Desportivo das Aves
The Desportivo das Aves team enters this new match of the Portuguese championship following a more or less quiet start of the season so far.
The team coached by Augusto Inácio added 1 loss, in the first round at Boavista 2-1, and 1 win against Marítimo, at home, by 3-1.
It’s expected that the team can once again achieve maintenance in this league, given the level of quality that their squad has by having contracted a series of interesting reinforcements for this new season to follow up on what they did previously.
Although the two teams are direct rivals in the fight for mid-table positions, probably, although it is to be expected more from Rio Ave than from Desportivos das Aves.
I believe that the individual quality that both teams have can be fundamental to score goals in this match, besides typically Carlos Carvalhal is not a coach to play for a point (and cannot be at Rio Ave), despite what happened in England.
Thus, I predict an entertaining 1st half and with at least one goal and a globally lively match.