Our prediction for this Portugal Primeira Liga match:
Estadio do Rio Ave will host Sunday’s Primeira Liga game between Rio Ave and Gil Vicente, the two mid-table sides. The hosts have been having their ups and downs of late, with the team producing fine displays at home, while struggling on the travels. Both Ruiz and Oudrhiri are pushing for a start as boss Luis Freire should opt to make changes to the team that suffered a 2-0 loss at Braga, while duo Graca – Pantalon is back from suspension.
Os Galos, on the other hand, have been showing signs of improvement of late, with the team shocking star-studded Porto on the road, while beating Maritimo on home soil. Anyhow, the share of spoils is on the cards this time out as Rio Ave are tough to beat in front of home fans. As for the away team, both Ali Alipour and Stanislav Kritsyuk are sidelined with injuries, while Joao Barros is a major doubt.
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 (Gil Vicente):
Founded in 1924, Gil Vicente are a Portuguese football club that compete in Primeira Liga. The Galos (Roosters) are well known for their red kit, but they wear white shirts and blue shorts when playing on the travels.
Gil Vicente have yet to win a domestic trophy, but they did well to make it to the Taca da Liga final in the 2011/2012 season. The Galos suffered a 2-1 loss to Benfica in the title game at Estadio Cidade de Coimbra. The likes of Rodrigo and Saviola scored for Benfica, with Ze Luis finding the net for Gil Vicente.
The Galos welcome their rivals at Estadio Cidade de Barcelos, the stadium which can hold up to 12,504 people. The venue was opened on May 30, 2014 and it can hold up to 12,504 people. It has to be noted that the team first secured promotion to the Portuguese elite division in 1990.