Riga FC vs Liepaja Prediction 04.07.2023

Riga FC

Riga FC

Liepāja

Liepāja

  • Competition: Latvia - Virsliga
  • Date: Tuesday, 4th, July 2023
  • Kickoff: 18:30 UK / 19.30 CEST
  • Venue: Skonto Stadium (Riga)

Currently the most powerful Latvian team in terms of finances, Riga FC is desperate to return the Virsliga title to their showcases, after a two-year drought. It's true that they are on track to lift the champions cup at the end of the season, but they will not reach the crowning so easily, since RFS is breathing down their necks with only a point behind. On Friday, Tomislav Stipic's men did not allow RFS to take the leading place from them, since with the goals of Muzinga and Pena they managed to cancel the double lead of their rivals and keep the first place in the table.

Their rival will be Liepaja, a team that this season will be involved in the battle for the third, last, place that guarantees an exit to the international stage. Maybe The Red and Whites are currently sitting in third position, but if we say they are level on 30 points with fourth-placed Valmiera and fifth-placed Auda means booking a European ticket will be anything but an easy task. Coach Tamaz Pertia's team managed to defend their third place by drawing with Valmiera 1-1 last time out.

Riga FC vs Liepaja Betting Tips: Riga FC to Win

It seems that Virsliga current leader Riga have faced a mini-crisis in recent weeks, having registered just one win from their previous three league fixtures, but they will hope to return on winning waves on their turf, where they have triumphed in six occasions of the last seven home games. It is true that Liepaja is in an upswing in form of late, earning 10 out of a possible 12 points from the last four rounds, but at the same time, victories over the weakest teams, Super Nova and Daugavpils, should not be taken as some "wow" result. In addition, Liepaja have often returned home empty-handed from visits to the Skonto Stadium in recent years, having been beaten by Riga in seven of their previous nine meetings. Because of that, as well as the fact that any stumble would cost Riga the first place, the victory of the home team should be taken into account for this Virsliga contest.

Riga FC vs Liepāja Head to Head (H2H) stats

  1. Liepāja

    0 : 4

    Riga FC

    Virsliga

  2. Liepāja

    0 : 3

    Riga FC

    Virsliga

  3. Riga FC

    2 : 0

    Liepāja

    Virsliga

  4. Riga FC

    4 : 1

    Liepāja

    Virsliga

  5. Liepāja

    0 : 2

    Riga FC

    Virsliga

Riga FC

Riga FC team news

Winger Ousseynou Niang had to go under the knife due to a serious knee injury sustained on May 26 in the 0-0 draw with RFS. Bearing in mind that the championship of Latvia ends on November 12 this year, this means that the season is over for the 21-year-old, as his return is not expected until early next year.

Niang, as well as the long-injured Gustavo Dulanto, were given company in the treatment room. Namely, Mor Talla Gaye and Mikael Soisalo were withdraw from the pitch in the early stages of the clash against RFS last time out, so they remain a big doubt for the contest on Tuesday.

After a long recovery, Ngonda Muzinga proved to be a very key figure. He assisted a goal in his team's 3-1 triumph over Jelgava, while in his second appearance he scored a golden goal for 2-2, with which he managed to keep his team at the top of the Virsliga.

Last matches of Riga FC

  1. Riga FC

    2 : 2

    Rīgas FS

    Virsliga

  2. FS Jelgava

    1 : 3

    Riga FC

    Virsliga

  3. Valmiera

    1 : 0

    Riga FC

    Virsliga

  4. Metta / LU

    0 : 2

    Riga FC

    Virsliga

  5. Riga FC

    5 : 1

    Super Nova

    Virsliga

Riga FC lineup

Goalkeeper

  • 16

    Nils Purins

Defenders

  • 25

    Ngonda Muzinga

  • 15

    Petar Bosancic

  • 34

    Antonijs Cernomordijs

  • 13

    Raivis Jurkovskis

Midfielders

  • 21

    Baba Musah

  • 8

    Milos Jojic

  • 7

    Marko Dabro

  • 18

    Marko Regza

  • 14

    Hrvoje Babec

Forwards

  • 10

    Douglas Aurelio

Liepāja

Liepaja team news

Liepaja is not without happenings either. Coach Tamaz Pertia replaced captain Eduards Tidenbergs and Henri Stanic already in the 27th minute for unknown reasons. Whether it is an injury or he was not satisfied with the performance of his duo, we will find out soon.

One of those substitutes, Aleksejs Grjaznovs, will have to serve a one-match suspension, as he earned two yellow cards in just 49 minutes of his entry into the field. This means that Giorgi Kutsai's partner in the middle will be Luqman Gilmore.

Last matches of Liepāja

  1. Valmiera

    1 : 1

    Liepāja

    Virsliga

  2. Liepāja

    3 : 2

    Metta / LU

    Virsliga

  3. Liepāja

    2 : 1

    Super Nova

    Virsliga

  4. FC Daugavpils

    1 : 2

    Liepāja

    Virsliga

  5. Liepāja

    0 : 1

    Tukums

    Virsliga

Liepāja lineup

Goalkeeper

  • 1

    Luka Sanikidze

Defenders

  • 6

    Bilaly Diallo

  • 44

    Mame Balla Tine

  • 24

    Bacary Sane

  • 13

    Cheikh Faye

Midfielders

  • 6

    Giorgi Kutsia

  • 5

    Luqman Gilmore

  • 19

    Roberts Melkis

  • 77

    Glebs Kluskins

  • 11

    Mouhamadou Diaw

Forwards

  • 10

    Dodo

3 Reasons why we expect Riga to Win

  1. Riga has managed to win in six of the previous seven home games.
  2. Riga has scored two or more goals in six of their last seven games at home.
  3. Riga has tied three straight wins over Liepaja.

Main prediction Riga FC - Liepāja

Riga FC to win

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56% winrate

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1 wins in a row

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Riga FC & Liepāja current standing in Virsliga

Regular Season P W D L
G - A
GD Pts
1 Riga 20 15 4 1 49 - 10 +39 49
2 Rīgas FS 20 14 6 0 51 - 8 +43 48
3 Valmiera 21 8 7 6 23 - 21 +2 31
4 Auda 21 8 7 6 23 - 23 0 31
5 Liepāja 19 9 3 7 30 - 28 +2 30
6 Metta / LU 20 6 5 9 26 - 36 -10 23
7 Tukums 21 6 5 10 32 - 44 -12 23
8 FS Jelgava 20 5 4 11 24 - 38 -14 19
9 FC Daugavpils 20 4 6 10 28 - 32 -4 18
10 Super Nova 20 2 1 17 17 - 63 -46 7

Riga FC vs Liepaja - FAQ

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Who is Riga's player to watch?

With 11 goals and two assists, Marko Regza is the second best scorer in the Virsliga.

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Who is Liepaja's player to watch?

Brazilian Dodo stood out the most in the visiting team this season with 10 goals and two assists.