Our prediction for this Portugal Primeira Liga match:
Portimonense and Rio Ave take on each other at Estadio Municipal de Portimao in what is expected to be a close Primeira Liga encounter. Following three consecutive league wins, Portimonense suffered a heavy 5-1 loss to Benfica at the weekend. The hosts aim to move one step closer to securing the elite division survival, and they should take advantage of Rio Ave’s current form.
Miguel Cardoso’s men are on a seven-game winless run in the national championship, with the team dropping down the standings week by week. Rio Ave have been struggling in front of goal of late, which is yet another reason why we are tempted to put our money on Portimonense. Midfielder Lucas should be the only absentee in the home team, while defender Ivo Pinto is banned for the visitors. You should know that Portimonense are eyeing their first win over Rio Ave since January 2018.
Highlighted Player (Lucas Possignolo ):
Lucas Possignolo is a Brazilian footballer who started his youth career at Sao Paulo, but he did not make his senior debut with the Tricolor. Possignolo moved to Portimonense on loan in 2014, and after scoring four goals in 57 appearances in the league, he signed a permanent deal with the Primeira Liga club in 2017.
The Brazilian defender made his debut in the Portuguese top flight on August 17, 2017, in a 2-1 home win over Boavista. Possignolo scored his first goal in the Primeira Liga in a 5-1 home defeat to Porto on February 25, 2018. His primary position at Portimonense is a centre-back, and his preferred foot is right.
Lucas Possignolo was born in Piracicaba, Brazil, on May 11, 1994. The 185-cm-tall defender, who wears the number 3 jersey at Portimonense, joined Sao Paulo at the age of 17.
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.