SPORTING LISBON AT ODDS 1.47
Sporting Lisbon lost three consecutive games against this opponent during the last campaign (Sporting Lisbon – Rio Ave F.C. 0-1 on 27.08.2012 ; Rio Ave F.C. – Sporting Lisbon 3-0 on 29.12.2013 / League Cup ; Rio Ave F.C. – Sporting Lisbon 2-1 on 02.02.2013), but the current situation is quite different, compared with the last season and I expect, that “The Lions” will manage to win all three points from this game at “Estadio Jose Alvalade”.
The hosts, who finished last season on 6th position in Portuguese Primeira Liga, started the new campaign in a good shape, as they are currently on 3rd position in the standings, with 3-1-0 12-2 after four rounds, including 1-1-0 6-2 at “Estadio Jose Alvalade” in this period.
“The Lions” lost some experienced players during the summer break (Tiago Ilori – defender / to “Liverpool F.C.”) ; Bruma – left wing / to “Galatasaray SK”) ; Ricky van Wolfswinkel – striker / to “Noriwch City”), but replaced them with good players like Mauricio (defender / from “Sport Recife”), Vitor (midfielder / from “Pacos de Ferreira F.C.”), Fredy Montero (striker / from “Seattle Sounders F.C.”), Salim Cisse (striker / from “Academica Coimbra”), etc.
The overall opinion is, that this team shows better football, compared with the last campaign, especially in attack, as the hosts have scored 12 goals in four games since the beginning of the new season – more than any other team in this league. Fredy Montero is in excellent form in this moment, as he managed to score six goals in the last four games of his team.
Rio Ave F.C., on the other hand, sits on 10th position in the standings, with 2-0-2 5-2 after four rounds and 1-0-1 3-1 away from home until this moment.The visitors started this campaign with two consecutive victories against two of the last three teams in the standings (F.C. Os Belenenses – Rio Ave F.C. 0-3 on 18.08.2013 ; Rio Ave F.C. – Vitoria Setubal 2-0 on 25.08.2013), but lost their next two encounters, without scoring a single goal (F.C. Arouca – Rio Ave F.C. 1-0 on 01.09.2013 ; Rio Ave F.C. – Vitoria Guimaraes 0-1 on 14.09.2013).
My bet is on the home team in this clash.