Our prediction for this Portugal Primeira Liga match:
Estadio Municipal de Arouca will host Saturday’s Primeira Liga game between Arouca and Rio Ave, the two mid-table sides. Arouca are eyeing their third consecutive league win, and they must be high on spirits ahead of the visit of Rio Ave. Midfielder Alan Ruiz is back from suspension, while forward Vitinho remains in the recovery room.
The visiting side, on the other hand, aim to build on a hard-fought 1-0 win over Boavista, and seeing that they managed to keep a clean sheet in three of their last five league fixtures, under 2.5 goals betting option should be considered. As for the away side, there are no fresh injury worries ahead of Saturday’s clash. In their last meeting in a competitive match Rio Ave defeated Arouca 1-0, and yet another low-scoring affair is on the horizon.
Highlighted Player (Andreas Samaris):
Greece international midfielder Andreas Samaris began his career playing for Panachaiki before his spells with Panionios and Olympiakos. SL Benfica is the first international experience for the 27-year-old player who arrived in Portugal in 2014.
A full international since 2013, Samaris represented Greece at the 2014 FIFA World Cup during which he managed to make his presence known and earn a move abroad. Andreas Samaris operates as a central midfield but is capable of filling in defensive midfielder role. Greek international was the mainstay for Benfica during his first two seasons at the club managing 46 Primeira Liga appearances during the period. He also added 12 Champions League appearances.
Andreas Samaras helped Benfica win two Primeira Liga titles, two Taca da Liga trophies and one Super Cup. Greek international was the regular performer for his national team during the unsuccessful Euro 2016 qualifying campaign with ten games to his name.
Highlighted Team (Rio Ave):
Nicknamed Rio Grande, Rio Ave are a Portuguese club that compete in Primeira Liga. Rio Ave were founded back in 1939 and they welcome their rivals at Estadio dos Arcos, the stadium which can hold up to 12,815 people.
The team’s home shirt is green with white stripes, whilst the colour of their shorts is green. Rio Ave wear white shirts and white shorts when playing on the travels. The club’s biggest success came in the 2014/2015 season when they represented Portugal in the Europa League group stages. Rio Ave finished the process in the last position in Group J, but they did well to record their first ever win in the competition, with the team beating Danish club Aalborg 2-0 at their Estadio do Rio Ave Futebol Clube.
Former Real Madrid full-back Fabio Coentrao is considered one of the club’s most notable footballers. Manchester City first-choice goalkeeper Ederson played for Rio Ave in the past as well.