The match between Rio Ave and Arouca presents us with two teams that already see at a distance the problems that they would have to solve in this final stretch of championship. For the whole of Vila do Conde, there is still hope to re-enter the fight for European qualification, although the five points away from the Maritimo may seem too many. Already for Arouca, after the results of the last weekend, there seems to be tranquility based on the eleven points that takes advantage of the teams that are below the water line. Will this mean a more disinterested approach to this Friday’s meeting?
Rio Ave – Arouca: WHAT TO EXPECT?
Rio Ave de Luís Castro has already won the championship of respect won by opponents and analysts as one of the best-crafted teams in Liga NOS. However, it still hopes that it will be possible to achieve a return to the European context, even if the delay granted at the start of the season may be expensive. The truth is that this Rio Ave has always suggested being a team that plays with quality, having organized and improved a lot in the approach to the confrontations. This allowed a rise in the table, but not enough to justify an approach to the Marítimo, which is proving more consistent, especially in this phase of the championship in which each game can be decisive to define the classifications. A home tie with Setubal and a defeat in Tondela, two unexpected results and unfavorable for the goals of the team, left the Vilacondenses further from the point where they wanted to reach. Reversing this break is the only way to continue to fuel hope. Cassio, suspended, will be the main absence of Luís Castro’s accounts.
The Arouca is in a more positive phase, especially after having won against Feirense last week, having managed to finally reach the 30-point barrier and with that, almost a certain peace of mind about maintenance. From the moment you will not get out of division, the Arouca fulfills its main objective and can rest. But with Jorge Leitão at the helm, it will not be that way. In fact, the coach who took the place temporarily after leaving Manuel Machado, plays to conquer the place next season, reason why it will require of its players a total commitment to, if possible, to reach some places and to dispute championship until the end. A goal that will please everyone, when they still have five games to play. Bracalli and Keirrison, injured, are given as possible absences from this match.
Rio Ave – Arouca: DIRECT MEETINGS
Until now, in direct meetings it seems to have won Arouca, who won four times in 8 games, twice equal and in two games imposed Rio Ave.
But in the tournament, the victory returned to the guests, Rio Ave.
12.12.16 Arouca vs Rio Ave 0 : 2
16.04.16 Arouca vs Rio Ave 0 : 0
12.12.15 Rio Ave vs Arouca 3 : 1
22.02.15 Arouca vs Rio Ave 1 : 0
21.09.14 Rio Ave vs Arouca 1 : 2
09.02.14 Rio Ave vs Arouca 1 : 1
01.09.13 Arouca vs Rio Ave 1 : 0
18.11.12 Arouca vs Rio Ave 2 : 1 (1 : 1)
Rio Ave – Arouca: WHO WILL WIN THE MATCH?
The game promises to be more balanced than what the two teams reveal in terms of classification, given current contexts. But it is Rio Ave who holds the highest dose of favoritism toward victory.
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