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After a forgettable first half, Rio Ave will try to enter the second half of the championship on the right foot, looking forward to an excellent opportunity to return to the victories. This is because they’ll face a Tondela who, playing away from home, is a very banal team and who grants several goalscoring opportunities to opponents, at the same time that they have problems creating dangerous offensive plays. Thus, a match dominated by the home team is expected from start to finish.

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Rio Ave wins

Odd 1.98

Match preview

Rio Ave and Tondela face at Estádio do Rio Ave Futebol Clube, in a match for the 18th round of the Primeira Liga. In the last head‑to‑head for this edition of the league, played on 20‑09‑2020, these teams have tied (1‑1). At this stadium, the head‑to‑head history indicates total balance between these two teams, since there is a record of 2 draws and 1 win for each team in the last 4 matches. However, the last time these teams met at this stadium was on 15‑09‑2019, in a match for the Primeira Liga, Tondela won by (2‑4). The goals of the match were scored by Tarantini (45′ ) and Bruno Moreira (84′ ), for Rio Ave, and by Denílson (62′ and 17′ ), Pité (5′ ) and J. Toro (57′ ), for Tondela. Although this is a match between 14th and 10th of the league table, it’s actually a match between the 13th best in home matches and the 18th best in away matches.

Analysis of Rio Ave

The home team is currently in the 14th position of the league, with 16 points won, after 3 wins, 7 draws and 7 losses. In the penultimate match, they lost in an away match against Porto, by (2‑0). In the last match, they tied in a home match against Nacional, by (0‑0). This is a team that maintains its competitive levels in home and away matches, since they have had similar results in both conditions. In the last 8 home league matches Rio Ave has a record of 2 wins, 3 draws and 3 losses, so they have won 9 points out of 24 possible. There are a few recurrent results in their home matches: at half‑time 0‑0 (4 out of 8 matches) and after the 90′ 0‑0 (3 out of 8 matches). They haven’t been very strong defensively, since they have suffered goals in 7 of the last 10 matches for this competition. They haven’t been able to score the first goal. In fact, they have only opened up the score in 4 of the last 17 matches for the Primeira Liga, they have reached half‑time in advantage in 3 of those 4 matches and have held on to the lead in 3. They have conceded the first goal in 9 of their 17 matches for this competition, and have never been able to turn the score around.

The Rio Ave team has been far below expectations in this edition of Liga NOS, where they started as one of the main candidates for European competitions. At the start of round 18 of the championship, the first of the second half, the Vila-Condense team is only 14th, with the same 16 points as Belenenses and Gil Vicente, two teams that fight for maintenance. The fifth consecutive match without a win, the second under the technical command of Miguel Cardoso, took place last Friday, where Rio Ave drew 0-0 against Nacional da Madeira, in a match with several opportunities on both sides. In the final moments of the match, Rio Ave  wasted a wonderful chance to win, by missing a penalty kick through Pelé.

Analysis of Tondela

The away team is currently in the 10th position of the league, with 18 points won, after 5 wins, 3 draws and 9 losses. In the penultimate match, they won in a home match against Farense, by (2‑0). In the last match, they lost in an away match against Paços de Ferreira, by (2‑1). This is a team that usually makes good use of the home advantage, since they have won 1 point in away matches and 17 points at their stadium, with 10 goals scored and 8 goals conceded at home, against 6 goals scored and 19 conceded in away matches. In the last 8 away league matches Tondela has a record of 1 draw and 7 losses, so they have won 1 point out of 24 possible.

In this competition, they have a sequence of 6 losses in the last away matches and they haven’t won any of the last 8 away matches. In their away matches there are a few frequent results: at half‑time 1‑0 (4 out of 8 matches) and after the 90′ 2‑0 (3 out of 8 matches). Defensive consistency hasn’t been their best feature, as they have conceded goals in 7 of the last 10 matches for this competition. In their away matches there is a tendency for goals, since 8 of the last 8 matches for this competition have ended with Over 1,5 goals. In 17 matches for this competition, they have conceded the first goal 10 times and have never been able to turn the score around.

Tondela’s team has been doing a relatively balanced campaign in the fight for permanence and reaches the second round of the championship in the 10th position of the leaderboard, with the same 18 points as Nacional da Madeira, one more than Marítimo and three behind Moreirense. The advantage for places of descent the relegation zone is currently four points. Last Friday, the team coached by Spaniard Pako Ayestarán confirmed the tendency to leave away matches with a defeat, losing in the visit to the Paços de Ferreira ground by 2-1, in a match where they suffered goals at the beginning and end of the 90 minutes, having in the middle scored the goal of honor, via penalty kick, by João Pedro.

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Rio Ave wins

Odd 1.98

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