Football betting preview: Sporting CP favourites when Rio Ave visits

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Competition: Portugal Primeira Liga
Competition: Fri 15.January
Match begins: 18:30 (UTC)
Venue: Estádio José Alvalade (50044 seats)

Sporting CP perform at a high level so far being 1st in the table. Rio Ave can look both up and down from their 10th position.

Insights:
  • Sporting CP has the fewest conceded goals (8) in Primeira Liga
  • Rio Ave have conceded at least twice as many goals as they have scored away.

There’s little time for restitution or working hard at the training pitch these days, with both teams having played their last game less than four days ago.

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Sporting CP form and stats

This stadium, Estádio José Alvalade, has been a fortress for Sporting CP in the Primeira Liga so far this season with the win-draw-loss statistic 5-1-0. Ever since the Porto game Sporting CP has been unbeatable here at Estádio José Alvalade producing five straight wins. With a nice streak brewing from their home games, Sporting CP are also looking for their fifth consecutive victory regardless of location.

Sporting CP are confident in defense, having played 256 minutes without conceding a goal in the league.

No payout for Sporting CP in their previous match, an away game at Maritimo that ended in defeat 0-2. Before that match, a Primeira Liga win away at Nacional.

The match schedule is unforgiving for Sporting CP as they have a new game in only four days, a League Cup match thankfully also at home. Porto are visiting.

Goals decide football matches and Sporting CP are scoring many of them at home; 14 on target from 6 league matches. From these home matches, Sporting CP have conceded only 4 goals.

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Rio Ave form and stats

There's been little loot from Rio Ave's travels as they have only collected 6 points from 7 away games in the Primeira Liga. Rio Ave only have 1 win to counter their 3 defeats and 3 draws. The pressure to perform on the road is increasing on P. Fernandes da Silva Cunha, the Rio Ave manager, as the last three away games were defeats.

This game can not go any worse than the last one, a Taça De Portugal home defeat versus Estoril with 1-2 on the scoreboard. Before that, Rio secured a home win against Portimonense with the score 3-0.

There's been a serious shortage of goals from Rio's away games in the league this season with only 3 goals from 7 matches. As opposed to that, Rio have seen the ball go into their own net 9 times on the road.

Head 2 Head

Sporting CP-Rio Ave H2H statistics last ten meetings regardless of arena: Sporting CP six wins, Rio Ave three wins, one draw. six of these ten matches had three or more goals (over 2,5).

Top Goalscorers

Sporting CPP. Pereira Gonçalves
P. Pereira Gonçalves
11 goals
Sporting CPN. Gomes dos Santos
N. Gomes dos Santos
4 goals
Sporting CPJ. Borges Cabral
J. Borges Cabral
3 goals

Sporting CP missing players

Rio Ave missing players

Sporting CP Rio Ave
Total Home vs mid Statistics Stat vs top Away Total
13 6 2 Played P 2 7 13
11 5 2 Won W 0 1 3
2 1 0 Drew D 0 3 5
0 0 0 Lost L 2 3 5
30 14 5 Scored S 0 3 9
8 4 2 Conceded C 5 9 15
100% 100% 100% Over 0.5 O 0.5 100% 86% 77%
92% 83% 100% Over 1.5 O 1.5 100% 71% 69%
62% 67% 100% Over 2.5 O 2.5 50% 14% 31%
38% 50% 50% Over 3.5 O 3.5 0% 0% 8%
0% 0% 0% Over 4.5 O 4.5 0% 0% 0%
46% 50% 100% BTTS BTTS 0% 29% 23%
54% 50% 0% Clean Sheets C S 0% 29% 46%
0% 0% 0% Failed to Score F T 100% 57% 54%
 
0 0 0 Corners for (avg) C F 0 0 0
0 0 0 Corners against (avg) C A 0 0 0
3 3.5 3 Yellow cards (avg) Y C 0 1.3 1.4
1 0 0 Red cards R C 0 0 0
 
15 14.8 13 Shots (avg) S ( 10 10.3 9.8
5.5 6.3 5.5 Shots on Target (avg) S O 2 2.7 3.5
42% 37% 45% Goal Efficiency G E 0% 16% 20%
Key stats in Primeira Liga this season:
  • Rio Ave have conceded at least twice as many goals as they have scored away.
  • Sporting CP has the fewest conceded goals (8) in Primeira Liga
  • Sporting CP has the fewest conceded goals in the second half (2) in Primeira Liga
  • Sporting CP has the most clean sheets (7) in Primeira Liga
  • Sporting CP has the the best goal difference (+22) in Primeira Liga
  • Sporting CP have not yet lost a game.
  • Sporting CP have played more matches over 2,5 goals home than away.
  • Sporting CP have scored at least twice as many goals as they have conceded.
  • Sporting CP have scored in all their matches so far.
  • Sporting CP have scored more than double the goals of Rio Ave.
  • Sporting CP haven’t played a single 0-0 game.

  Total Home Away  
# Team MP W D L F A MP W D L F A MP W D L F A +/- P
1 Sporting CP 13 11 2 0 30 8 6 5 1 0 14 4 7 6 1 0 16 4 22 35
2 Porto 13 10 1 2 35 16 7 6 0 1 18 8 6 4 1 1 17 8 19 31
3 Benfica 13 10 1 2 28 13 7 6 0 1 15 7 6 4 1 1 13 6 15 31
4 Sporting Braga 13 9 0 4 23 13 6 5 0 1 9 3 7 4 0 3 14 10 10 27
5 Pacos de Ferreira 13 6 4 3 17 12 6 4 1 1 10 6 7 2 3 2 7 6 5 22
6 Vitoria Guimaraes 12 6 2 4 15 12 6 2 0 4 4 9 6 4 2 0 11 3 3 20
7 Santa Clara 13 4 3 6 12 16 6 1 2 3 4 8 7 3 1 3 8 8 -4 15
8 Maritimo 13 4 2 7 15 18 6 2 2 2 5 5 7 2 0 5 10 13 -3 14
9 Moreirense 13 3 5 5 10 15 7 3 3 1 9 6 6 0 2 4 1 9 -5 14
10 Rio Ave 13 3 5 5 9 15 6 2 2 2 6 6 7 1 3 3 3 9 -6 14
11 Nacional 12 3 4 5 11 15 7 2 3 2 9 10 5 1 1 3 2 5 -4 13
12 Gil Vicente 13 3 4 6 10 15 6 2 2 2 5 5 7 1 2 4 5 10 -5 13
13 Farense 13 3 3 7 15 19 7 3 2 2 12 9 6 0 1 5 3 10 -4 12
14 Belenenses 13 2 6 5 6 11 7 1 3 3 5 8 6 1 3 2 1 3 -5 12
15 Tondela 13 3 3 7 10 22 7 3 2 2 5 7 6 0 1 5 5 15 -12 12
16 Boavista 13 1 8 4 13 21 6 1 2 3 5 11 7 0 6 1 8 10 -8 11
17 Portimonense 13 3 2 8 9 17 6 2 2 2 5 5 7 1 0 6 4 12 -8 11
18 Famalicao 13 2 5 6 14 24 7 1 3 3 9 16 6 1 2 3 5 8 -10 11

Read more about Primeira Liga

The Primeira Liga, also known as Liga NOS, is the top level of football in Portugal. It has 18 teams each playing 34 fixtures to decide the final league table. Portuguese football is dominated by “The Big Three”: Benfica, Porto and Sporting CP (Lisbon). These three clubs generally end up in the top three positions.