Benfica vs Rio Ave Prediction & Match Preview

Benfica vs Rio Ave
Portugal – Primeira Liga
Date: Saturday, 2 November 2019
Kick-off at 18:00 UK/ 19:00 CET
Venue: Estádio da Luz (Lisabon).

The Primeira Liga is returning to how things have been usually in the previous seasons. Both Benfica and Porta are placed at the top of the table, and new-sensation Famalicao, the recently-promoted club that set fire to the competition, has been pushed to the third spot.

With the runners-up of the past season determined to take back the mantle, defending champions Eagles will have to respond in kind. In that regard, the home advantage, and the off-form of the incoming opponents will help the fans in Lisbon to be at ease.

Benfica vs Rio Ave Head-to-head (h2h)

  • The Reds registered the former eight wins.
  • The prior six clashes had goals at either end of the pitch.
  • Rioavistas conceded two or more goals in the preceding five ties.
  • The past 20 clashes at this stadium resulted in 17 wins and 3 draws.
  • 15 of these 20 encounters saw the home team scoring two or more goals.

Benfica vs Rio Ave Prediction

Bruno Lage’s men were unbeaten in 16 of their previous 20 matches, and impressively 15 of these were wins. At home, they remained invincible in 20 of their preceding 23 fixtures, and 17 of these had ended in victories.

Moreover, in h2h clashes, and at this venue particularly, the Eagles have been simply superlative. In fact, they hold a 100% unbeaten record in front of the home crowd against this opponent and recorded 17 wins in the prior 20 meetings.

On the other hand, their opposite number had a single win from the previous four overall fixtures, and just one from the last three on the road.

Furthermore, Benfica has put forth the best defense in the entire competition until now and has been outscored only by arch-rivals Porto.

By and of itself, we are most likely about to witness a thorough performance by the hosts.

Benfica vs Rio Ave Betting Tips

  • Benfica to Win @ 1.35
  • Half Time/ Full Time: Benfica/ Benfica @ 1.86.