Our prediction for this Portugal Primeira Liga match:
Rio Ave and Santa Clara square off against each other at Estadio do Rio Ave in what is expected to be a close Portugal Primeira Liga game. The hosts were impressive up front before the international break as they scored eight goals in the last four league games. Abdul-Aziz Yakubu will prove a handful for the opposition defenders as he is leading Primeira Liga goal-scoring chart with five goals on his account. Captain Guga, though, misses out through suspension.
Mario Silva’s men, on the other hand, will look to put an end to their two-game winless run, and, no doubt, they are desperate to spoil Rio Ave’s party. However, we predict the home side will pick up all three points from this encounter due to their better goal-scoring form. Both Costinha and Tomas Domingos remain in Santa Clara’s treatment room.
Highlighted Player (Patrick William):
Born in Sao Leopoldo, Brazil, on June 3, 1997, Patrick William is a defender who plays for Famalicao in Primeira Liga. William began his senior career at Tupi, and he play for the likes of Ceara and Vila Nova as well before signing a five-year contract with Famalicao in 2019.
The Brazilian footballer made his debut in the Portuguese elite division on August 8, 2019, in a 2-0 win over Santa Clara. He scored his first goal for the Azuis e Brancos in a 1-0 win over Rio Ave on August 16, 2019, finding the net in the 66th minute of the match.
Patrick William’s preferred foot is right, and his primary position is a centre-back. The player who wears the number 97 shirt at Famalicao, has a contract with the club until June 2024. The Famalicao defender has yet to make his debut with the Brazil national team.
Highlighted Team (Santa Clara):
Santa Clara are a professional football club that compete in the Portuguese Primeira Liga. Os Acoreanos (The Azoreans) play their home games at Estadio de Sao Miguel, the venue which can hold up to 13,277 people.
Estadio de Sao Miguel was built in 1930. Santa Clara are the only team from the Azores Islands to compete in the Primeira Liga. Os Acoreanos are well known for its close connection with famoust Portuguese club Benfica, with the two teams sharing the very same crest until recently.
Santa Clara wear red shirts and white shorts when playing at home ground, whilst white is the dominant colour of their away kit. Os Acoreanos participated in the Intertoto Cup in the 2002/2003 season, with the team beating FC Shirak in round 1 5-3 on aggregate, while suffering a loss to Teplice 2-9 on agg. in round 2. CD Operario from Lagao are considered Santa Clara’s fiercest rivals.