Without a win in their last four Primeira Liga competitions, Rio Ave will be facing a tough challenge when they host the wounded Sporting Braga at the Estadio dos Arcos in the 19th round of the Portuguese top flight.
Tough Situation For The Hosts
The hosts have been struggling to get the three points in recent weeks. Rio Ave are keeping their safe mid-table position in the league table intact so far. They haven’t won any game in their last four games in the league. The team have collected a total of 4 points from a possible 15 in their last five league games. Their last match was against FC Porto away from home in an entertaining game that finished 4-2 to Porto.
Rio Ave are currently sitting in the 10th place in the league table with 24 points from 7 wins, 3 draws and 8 losses. They have scored 23 goals and conceded 26 since the start of the season.
Rafa Soares and Paciência are available again. The latter should start on the bench while Rafa will start at left back.
Braga Without Their Main Striker
The visitors have been in a very strong form in recent weeks. The team have gone four games unbeaten in the last five before losing their last game. They have collected 10 points from a possible 15 in their last five league games. Their last match was against Vitoria Guimaraes at home where they suffered a 2-1 defeat.
Braga are sitting in the fourth place in the league table with 36 points. They won 11 games, drew in 3 and lost in 4. They have scored 30 goals and conceded 15 since the start of the season.
Braga have signed Assis and he should play here. Their main man Ahmed Hassan will not be available as he’s in the Egyptian national team.
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