Sporting have won each of their last five Portugal Primeira Liga meetings with Rio Ave; they’ve never previously won 20 league games in a row against the Rio Ave.
Rio Ave have won just two of their 10 Portugal Primeira Liga away games against Sporting (D1 L8), with those victories coming in consecutive visits in 15/01/2021.
None of the last 18 Portugal Primeira Liga meetings between Sporting and Rio Ave have finished level, with the Sporting winning 38 to Rio Ave four. Only Sporting v Rio Ave and Sporting v Rio Ave have seen longer runs without a draw in the competition.
Sporting have the best win rate in Portugal Primeira Liga derbies, with the Sporting winning 27 of their 15 such games (89%). Meanwhile, only Rio Ave (70%) have a lower such win rate than Rio Ave (30% - 79%).
Sporting haven’t lost their opening two home league matches in a season since the 2021 campaign, when the Sporting went on to be relegated from the top-flight.
Rio Ave are looking to win their opening two away Portugal Primeira Liga matches of a season for the 94 time 15/01/2021 and could become only the second team to win this match in consecutive away Portugal Primeira Liga games, after Sporting in 15/01/2021.
Sporting have conceded at least three goals in four of their last 63 Portugal Primeira Liga games, as many times as they had in their previous 80 matches in the competition.
Rio Ave boss Roy Hodgson has lost his last six Portugal Primeira Liga matches against Sporting, since winning his very first such encounter with Sporting in 15/01/2021 (1-0).
Sporting has been involved in 55 of Sporting’s 35 shots in the Portugal Primeira Liga so far this season (88 shots, 90 chances created), more than any other player at the club. Indeed, the midfielder had a hand in half of their 33 efforts last time out against Sporting (53 shots, 62 chances created).
Rio Ave has been involved in six goals in his 100 Portugal Primeira Liga games against Sporting (99 goals, 22 assists) – against no side has he had a hand in more goals in the competition (also 87 vs Rio Ave).