Rio Ave v Santa Clara – Estádio dos Arcos at 20:30 (UTC/GMT)
Rio Ave have been unbeaten in their last five games in the Portuguese top-tier and they will be trying to keep this form up as they will be hosting Santa Clara at Vila do Conde on Friday.
The Vilacondenses had just defeated Portimonense last Saturday, scoring 0-1. They also made a 0-2 victory against Maritimo, as well as a 2-2 draw with Tondela and a goalless draw with Feirense. Furthermore, they held Vitoria Setubal into a 1-1 draw.
The Azoreans on the other hand have a terrible form with only one win out of their last five games. Their most recent match was a 1-0 loss to Boavista, but they won 2-1 against Portimonense prior to that. They also lost to Braga 1-0 and Maritimo 0-1, as well as to Benfica 0-2.
– Rio Ave center-forward obtained a muscle injury with unknown date of return.
– Osama Rashid would play in the central midfield but he is currently suffering from a ruptured knee ligament with return date unknown.
– Rio Ave center-back Toni Borkovic is injured with no certain date of return to the team.
– Center-forward Thiago will also miss the Santa Clara match with Rio Ave after suffering from a cruciate ligament rupture with unknown date of return.
– Attacking midfielder of Rio Ave Joca has cruciate ligament rupture an uncertain date of return.
PROBABLE FORMATION AND STARTING XI
Rio Ave: 4-2-3-1
Léo, Nadjack, Nélson Monte, Rúben Semedo, Matheus Reis, Filipe Augusto, Tarantini, Murilo, Diego Lopes, Galeno, Bruno Moreira
Santa Clara: 4-4-2
Marco Rocha, Patrick, César Martins, Fábio Cardoso, Mamadu Candé, Kaio, Bruno Lamas, Lucas Marques, Osama Rashid, Zé Manuel, Guilherme Schettine
Galeno is one of the highest scorers of Vilacondenses after appearing 27 times and scoring nine goals throughout. He already made five goals and three assists out of his 18 plays in the Liga NOS so far this season. He also has a goal and four assists out of three appearances in the Taca de Portugal Placard.
Bruno Moreira plays as center forward for Rio Ave, appearing 24 times already and scoring six goals so far in the current season. He already made 17 appearances in Primeira Liga, making five goals and two assists.
Zé Manuel is the highest scoring Azorean with six goals out of his 22 appearances so far in the season. He already played 19 times in the Liga NOS, making six goals and an assist.
Fábio Cardoso already made 18 appearances in the Portuguese top-tier with four goals so far in the season, playing as center-back.
Rio Ave 1-0 Santa Clara
Rio Ave are able to maintain a great form in their last five games. Out of those five matches, they scored at least a goal in four plays. The hosts had just preserved their spot in the Portuguese top-tier by beating Portimonense 0-1. Santa Clara, on the other hand, might struggle to score even a single goal as they never scored a single goal in four of their last five games in the Primeira Liga.
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