On Sunday, the eleventh round of the Primeira Liga will take place at the National Sports Center of Jamor, and it will feature a matchup between Casa Pia and Rio Ave. This will be the first time these two teams have met since they were both promoted to the top level.
The Vilacondenses are currently winless in their six away games across all competitions this season, and they will be hoping to put an end to this winless streak the next weekend.
Our Match Preview: Casa Pia vs Rio Ave
Sporting Lisbon defeated Casa Pia 3-1 last Saturday at the Estadio Jose Alvalade.
Paulinho, Nuno Santos, and Pedro Goncalves scored for Ruben Amorim’s team after Clayton’s 43rd-minute goal.
Before that, Filipe Martins’s side lost 1-0 at home to Vizela on October 9 thanks to Raphael Guzzo’s 67th-minute goal.
Os Gansos beat Sao Martinho 2-0 on October 16 to advance to the fourth round of the Taca de Portugal.
Casa Pia has five wins, two ties, and three losses in 10 matches this season for 17 points and fifth position in the Primeira Liga, tied with Vitoria de Guimaraes.
Rio Ave beat 10-man Portimonense last Monday at Estadio dos Arcos.
Emmanuel Boateng scored the sole goal of the game on the stroke of halftime to send the visitors to their sixth loss of the season.
Rio Ave had lost their previous two games, 4-2 against Benfica and 3-2 in extra time versus Oliveira Hospital, ending their Taca de Portugal season.
The Vilacondenses have 12 points from 10 league games and are 12th in the Primeira Liga. They might go as high as ninth with three points this weekend.
Rio Ave will seek to win consecutive games for the first time this season, but they’ve struggled on the road, drawing three times and losing three.
Our Team News: Casa Pia vs Rio Ave
Carnejy Antoine, a striker for Casa Pia who is 31 years old, has been out since July with an injury.
Anderson Cordeiro, the Brazilian midfielder who missed the weekend’s game against Sporting Lisbon due to suspension, is now available for selection.
Thanks to his goal against the Leoes, Clayton has scored three times in his past five games, and he will likely continue to be the focal point of the Casa Pia offense as he does at age 23.
As the former Dalian Pro striker, Boateng has also been hot recently for Rio Ave, scoring three goals in his previous four games. He and Aziz would make a formidable two-man attack.
After a second consecutive clean sheet in the league, Freire may start the same back three of Josue Sa, Aderllan Santos, and Patrick William in goal against the opposition and expect to have the same result.
- Casa Pia Possible Starting Lineup: Batista, Varela, Fernandes, Nunes, Soares, Taira, Baro; Lelo, Kunimoto, Clayton, Godwin.
- Rio Ave Possible Starting Lineup: Jhonatan; William, Santos, Sa, Costinha, Baeza, Guga, Samaris, Amaral, Aziz, Boateng.
Our Prediction: Casa Pia 1-0 Rio Ave
When these two teams faced in the Segunda Liga last season, Rio Ave won 2-0 to complete the league double against Casa Pia. We are picking the hosts, though, since they have been competitive at home this season.