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Porto and Rio Ave face at Estádio Do Dragão, in a match for the 16th round of the Primeira Liga. At this stadium, the head‑to‑head history favours the home team, since they have a record of 6 wins in the last 6 matches. Sure enough, the last time these teams met at this stadium, on 30‑11‑2014, in a match for the Primeira Liga, Porto won by (5‑0). The goals of the match were scored by Tello (47' ), J. Martínez (78' ), Alex Sandro (89' ), Óliver Torres (90' ) and Danilo (90' ) for Porto. Although this is a match between 2nd and 7th of the league table, it’s actually a match between the 1st best in home matches and the 11th best in away matches.

Analysis of Porto

The home team is currently in the 2nd position of the league, with 36 points won, after 11 wins, 3 draws and 1 loss. In the penultimate match, they won in a home match against Académica, by (3‑1). In the last match, they lost in an away match against Sporting CP, by (2‑0). This is a team that usually plays better at home, where they have won 22 points, against only 14 points in away matches. In the last 8 home league matches Porto has a record of 7 wins and 1 draw, so they have won 22 points out of 24 possible.

In this competition, they haven’t lost any of the last 8 home matches. In their home league matches there are a few frequent results at half‑time: 1‑0 (3 out of 8 matches) and 0‑0 (4 out of 8 matches). Their offense has scored frequently, since they have scored goals in 8 of the last 10 matches for this competition.

FC Porto comes to this match willing to recover from the loss against rivals Sporting, which cost them the lead of the Portuguese lead. Moreover, they also lost the previous match, against Marítimo, so they come from 2 consecutive losses. Therefore, we expect coach Julen Lopetegui to use the best starting eleven in this match, since they need a win to recover moral and have all players available. The best scorer of the team is Vincent Aboubakar, who scored 11 goals this season.

Confirmed Lineup: Casillas, Ivan Marcano, M. Pereira, B. Martins Indi, M. Layún, André André, Danilo Pereira, H. Herrera, V. Aboubakar, Jesús Corona, Y. Brahimi.
Coach: José Peseiro.

Analysis of Rio Ave

The away team is currently in the 7th position of the league, with 21 points won, after 6 wins, 3 draws and 6 losses. In the penultimate match, they lost in an away match against Benfica, by (3‑1). In the last match, they lost in a home match against Tondela, by (2‑3). This is a team that usually makes good use of the home advantage, since they have won 6 points in away matches and 15 at their stadium, with 10 goals scored and 7 conceded at home, against 14 goals scored and 16 conceded in away matches. In the last 7 away league matches Rio Ave has a record of 1 win, 3 draws and 3 losses, so they have won 6 points out of 21 possible.

In this competition, they haven’t won any of the last 4 away matches. In their away league matches the most frequent result at half‑time was the 1‑1 (3 out of 7 matches). Defensive consistency hasn’t been their best feature, as they have conceded goals in 7 of the last 10 matches, but their offense has scored consistently, as they have scored goals in 9 of the last 10 matches for this competition. In their away mathes there is a tendency for goals, since 17 of the last 26 matches have ended with Over 2,5 goals. In 15 matches for this competition, they have conceded the first goal 4 times and have never been able to turn the score around. In the last 8 away matches for all competitions there is 1 period that stands out: they have conceded 5 of their 14 goals between minutes (76'‑90').

Rio Ave comes to this match after a home loss against Tondela for the Portuguese league. Despite this loss, coach Pedro Martins should use an offensive strategy, to try to steal the ball as close to the opponent’s goal as possible. Moreover, Rio Ave will try to take advantage of the latest negative results of FC Porto to get a positive result. Guedes is the best scorer of the team, with 6 goals scored this season. Tarantini saw a red card in the last match and is therefore suspended.

Confirmed Lineup: Cássio, Marcelo, Pedrinho, Roderick, Edimar Fraga, F. Krovinović, João Novais, A. Wakaso, Yazalde, Ukra, L. Kizito.
Coach: Pedro Martins.

Betting suggestion:

In this match we expect FC Porto to dominate and create the best goal opportunities, but the home team should work hard to postpone the goal as long as possible, so we expect more goals in the second half, since FC Porto should take a few more risks near the end of the match.
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Primeira Liga - 2015/2016

  • 100% 306 / 306 Games

  • Home team wins 43.46%
  • Draws 24.84%
  • Away team wins 31.7%
  • Over 1.5 70.59%
  • Over 2.5 50.33%
  • Over 3.5 33.66%
  • Goals 831
  • Goals /match 2.72
  • Goals /match home 1.51
  • Goals /match away 1.2
  • Both teams score 48.37%
  • Goals after 80' 16.37%
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