When they resume play in 2020, Rio Ave will continue their pursuit of European football. The hosts are just two points away from a potential European spot in sixth place in the Primeira Liga. They will host Maritimo this weekend in an effort to add three more points to their tally in the race for the Europa League.
Will the guests secure a crucial victory in Portugal's struggle for survival, or will the hosts be able to capitalize on Maritimo's poor away record?
Maritimo is currently in 13th place in the table, not exactly having had the most stable of seasons.
They currently only have four points separating them from danger, and the second half of the season may see them in an even worse position.
Rio Ave are the favorites in this matchup because the visitors' main issue is their inability to produce results away from home.
This season, Maritimo has lost both of its away games, including both of its most recent ones.
The visitors have lost all seven of their recent away games in all competitions, and they have only triumphed twice in their last 15 away games overall.
They now occupy position 14 in this season's away results table.
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