Moreirense found a way to surprise Boavista away from home last Saturday night, even though they were set as a slight underdog back then. The only goal was scored by Soares in the 48th minute, in a match that generally belonged to their hosts.
It was Boavista who should have scored already in the first halftime, while the guests surprised them at the start of the second. Boavista simply paid the price of being way too ineffective for the chances they have created.
This was the third victory in four matches for Moreirense, as they continue to be undefeated in the last seven rounds. That gives them a pretty safe eight position and they are able to approach the next weeks in a far more relaxed approach.
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They should miss midfielder Camara (3/0) and forward Texeira (2/0). Doubtful with chances to play for some time are offensive players Singh (13/1) and Gabrielzinho (6/1).
Rio Ave comes from a pretty weird game last Sunday night, as they suffered 2:3 home loss against Ferreira. They have entered the game as worse as possible, conceding two goals inside the first fifteen minutes.
Even though they reduced via Lopes in the 43rd and played with a man more since the end of the first halftime – they didn’t exploit it in the continuation. The guests stroke back, with the hosts reducing again via Gelson, and despite much more of the ball possession were unable to make that extra punch to get completely back into the clash.
With this loss, they broke their run of nine undefeated matches, but remain at very solid seventh position – just five points below fourth-placed Sporting.
Defender Borevkovic (23/0) comes back from suspension, while out remain midfielder Jambor (7/0). Defender Reis de Lima (22/1) is suspended now.
Not a single reason for a passive behavior anymore
Neither of these two really have the reason to play in a passive and defensive way here. Moreirense will surely try to attack and they are quite effective actually, especially at own ground, meanwhile, Rio Ave anyway doesn’t stand as an underdog.