FC Porto continue their push to secure runners-up spot in this season’s Primeira Liga when they visit relegation threatened Rio Ave on Saturday evening (20:30 UK time).
The Dragons can book a place in next season’s Champions League group phase with victory at Estadio dos Arcos while their hosts are still battling to maintain their first division status.
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- US: GOLTV
Scoreline prediction: Rio Ave 0-2 Porto
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Rio Ave vs Porto build-up, previous line-ups & injury news:
Heading into the penultimate game of this campaign Rio Ave have yet to secure their participation in next season’s competition. The Rioavistas currently sit above the relegation places but their advantage is just a single point. Miguel Cardoso’s team go into this meeting with Porto looking to end a 10-game winless streak which consists of four defeats. At home they’ve won just two of their previous 10 matches but those successes came against sides in the bottom seven (2-1 v Tondela and 2-0 v Farense).
After watching Sporting claim their first Primeira Liga title since 2002 attention for Porto has now switched to reaching next season’s Champions League group phase. Sérgio Conceição’s men simply require just three points (one win) from their remaining two league games this season but that’s only dependent on rivals for second place Benfica winning their remaining fixtures. The Dragons returned to successful ways last time out when they ran out 5-1 winners against relegation threatened Farense at home. It was their second win in three games and they will be looking to end a two-game winless streak away from the Estádio do Dragão this weekend.
- Rio Ave (vs Santa Clara): Kieszek; Pinto, Santos, Borevkovic, Coentrão; Augusto, Geraldes, Guga; Mané, Dala, Camacho.
- Porto (vs Farense): Marchesín; Mário, Pepe, Mbemba*, Manafá; Otávio, Uribe, Grujic, Díaz; Taremi, Martínez.
Rio Ave are missing Andre Pereira and Nikola Jambor through injury while Porto meanwhile go into this game without the suspended Chancel Mbemba.
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Player to watch: Sérgio Oliveira (Porto)
Porto didn’t exactly miss talismanic figure Sérgio Oliveira last time out when they brushed second from bottom Farense aside. He returns from suspension and is expected to go straight back into the Dragons starting lineup. The 28-year-old midfielder has currently bagged 12 goals which is two more than he’s managed across his previous five seasons combined. However the 10-time Portugal international goes into this fixture having failed to score or assist in six league appearances. Oliveira’s last contribution came at home when he netted in Porto’s narrow 2-1 win over Santa Clara.
Primeira Liga 2020/21 recent form:
- Rio Ave: LLDDL
- Porto: WDWDW
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