Benfica vs Rio Ave
Portuguese Primeira Liga
Date: Sunday, 6 January 2019
Kick-Off at 17:30 UK / 18:30 CET
Venue: Estadio da Luz (Lisbon).
Benfica dropped down to 4th place in the league ladder after a shocking 2-0 defeat away at Portimonense on Wednesday evening. They will be desperate to return to winning ways and keep pace on the likes of Porto, Sporting and Braga in the battle for the silverware. Rui Vitoria’s men will have a great chance to do so on Sunday evening as they are to play the out-of-form Rio Ave in their maiden league game of the year in front of the home crowd.
The visitors have been struggling badly to keep things tight at the back lately. The lack of meticulousness in their defensive line caused a streak of five losses and a draw in past six league affairs. They fell to 10th in the ladder as a consequence and will have a very tough job turning a corner here at Luz.
Benfica vs Rio Ave: Head-to-head
Benfica were the dominant force in the history of head to head games with Vilacondenses.
The hosts won 17 and drew 3 of 20 H2H games against Rio Ave at Luz.
The Eagles scored as many as 50 goals in these 20 ties.
They notched at least two in all of past four home fixtures against Rio Ave.
Benfica vs Rio Ave: Prediction
Benfica lost the mid-week affair at Portimonense after a pair of own goals from Ruben Dias and Jardel. They also had a man sent off as tea’s top scorer Jonas had to leave the pitch for second booking 18 minutes from time. The Brazilian forward will thus be forced to skip the weekend’s clash with Rio Ave leaving.
Nonetheless, Vitoria still has plenty of other attacking options in the likes of Haris Seferovic, Pizzi , Gedson Fernandes and Eduardo Salvio. Looking at Rio Ave allowed two or more goals in all of past seven league matches and we expect Benfica to shine in the final third on the home patch here.
Benfica vs Rio Ave: Bet Tips
Benfica -1.5 handicap @ 1.72 (8/11)
Benfica to win & Over 3.5 goals FT @ 2.60 (8/5).