Our prediction for this Portugal Primeira Liga match:
High-flying Porto will be looking to extend their winning run in Primeira Liga to four games when they take on Rio Ave on Matchday 20. The Dragons have been scoring goals for fun of late and they are likely to stick to their attacking style of play. A man to keep an eye on in the home team will be Brazil forward Evanilson, who has been scoring goals for fun of late, while both Mehdi Taremi and Zaidu are on international duty.
Los Rioavistas, on the other hand, played out a goalless draw with Chaves in their last league match, but they will have a much-bigger fish to fry against the title-chasing side. Luis Freire should have a full squad to choose from for Saturday’s clash, except for forward Andre Pereira, who remains on the sidelines with a long-term injury. In their last meeting at Estadio do Dragao Porto defeated Rio Ave 1-0.
Highlighted Player (Toni Martinez):
Born in Barrio del Progreso, Spain, on June 30, 1997, Toni Martinez is a forward who plays for Primeira Liga side Famalicao. Martinez is a product of Real Murcia football school, but in 2013 he moved to Valencia youth academy.
After scoring two goals in 16 appearances for Valencia B, the Spaniard signed a deal with West Ham United in April 2016 for a fee of around £2.4 million. However, he did not see any game action in the Premier League with the Hammers as he was immediately sent on loan to Oxford United.
Toni Martinez played for the likes of Real Valladolid, Rayo Majadahonda, and Lugo on loan as well before signing a three-year deal with Famalicao in the summer of 2019. He made his debut with the Azuis e Brancos on August 3, 2019, in a 2-0 home defeat to Covilha in the Taca da Portugal. Toni Martinez has two caps with the Spain U19 team.
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.