Rio Ave vs. Nacional
5th February at 10:30 PM
Venue: Estadio Do Rio Ave Futebol Clube, Vila Do Conde.
RIO vs NAC dream11 predictions lineup and tips 5 February
It is game week 17, and in this league fixture, the 14th placed team on the table Rio Ave take on the 11th placed team Nacional. In their previous respective competitive fixtures, Rio Ave lost 2-0 away to Porto, while Nacional beat Famalicão at home in the Primeira Liga. Rio Ave’s woes continued after they were left without a win in their last match against Porto, making it 3 winless matches in a row now, and 5 defeats from their last 7 league games. They have also won just 1 out of their last 10 league games and are flirting with danger currently, being just 1 point off the relegation zone, and are way off their objective of securing European football this season. The arrival of new manager Miguel Cardoso would give them some hope of re-aligning with their motive, and in this bid, they would be aiming at taking maximum points from the next encounter and jump-start their season once again. Nacional secured an important victory in their last match against Famalicão and got themselves away from the danger zone. Their recent record also has not been very impressive, losing 6 of their last 9 league games, and was winless in their last 5 before last week. They have a dismal away record in the league, winning just 1 from their last 18 games, and would go into the next game with a mission to better this record, and hopefully get some more wins under their belt to push for a European spot.
Key Stats & Info:
- Rio Ave is undefeated in 8 of their last 9 Primeira Liga games against Nacional.
- Nacional have failed to win their last 6 away Primeira Liga games.
- Rio Ave have failed to win 9 of their last 10 Primeira Liga matches.
Kieszek, Pinto, Borevković, Santos, Amaral, Pelé, Augusto, Mané, Geraldes, Meshino, Ronan
Piscitelli, Kalindi, Correia, Kal, Vigário, Ramos, Azouni, Borges, Gorré, Róchez, Thill
Meshino (Rio Ave): Japanese attacking midfielder Ryotaro Meshino joined Rio Ave on loan at the start of the current season from English Premier League side Manchester City, and has since made 15 appearances for the club across all competitions, scoring 4 goals. He spent his 19-20 season on loan at Scottish second division side Heart Of Midlothian, and scored 3 goals and provided 1 assist in 21 games across all competitions. He played last against Porto in the Primeira Liga for 5 minutes, where he had 6 touches of the ball, had 1 shot on goal which wasn’t on target, gave 1 key pass, and had a passing accuracy of 100% giving 5 accurate passes. He is the club’s top scorer currently and is expected to make a difference in the next game.
Rochéz (Nacional): Honduran forward Bryan Rochéz joined Nacional from MLS side Atlanta United in 2017, and has since made 86 appearances for the club across all competitions, scoring 31 goals and providing 6 assists. He had a decent 19-20 season scoring 10 goals and providing 2 assists in 21 games across all competitions, and has scored 4 goals and provided 1 assist in 18 games across all competitions in the current season. He had a good outing in his last match against Famalicão, where he scored 1 goal, and ensured maximum points for his side. In this game, he had 5 shots on goal of which 4 were on target, had 29 touches of the ball, and had a passing accuracy of 50% giving 8 accurate passes. He is in good form, and is expected to make a difference in the next game.
Gorré (Nacional): Curaçao midfielder Kenji Gorré joined Nacional from English Premier League side Swansea City in 2018, and has since made 54 appearances for the club across all competitions, scoring 6 goals and providing 6 assists. He spent the 19-20 season on loan at Portuguese second division side Estoril, scoring 2 goals and assisting 1 in 21 games across all competitions, and has scored 3 goals and provided 4 assists in 18 games across all competitions in the current season. He had a decent outing in his last match against Famalicão, where he gave 1 assist, and ensured three points for his side. In this match, he had 36 touches of the ball, had 1 shot on goal which was on target, gave 1 key pass, and had a passing accuracy of 76% giving 13 accurate passes. He is in decent form, and is expected to influence the next match.
Captain & vice-captain picks
- Meshino (Rio Ave)
- Mané (Rio Ave)
- Rochéz (Nacional)
- Gorré (Nacional)
- Thill (Nacional)