Benfica vs Rio Ave
Portuguese Primeira Liga
Date: Wednesday, 21st December 2016
Kick-off at 18:00 UK
Venue: Estádio da Luz (Lisbon).
Benfica were made to work hard for a win when they visited Estoril last weekend. A 61st minute penalty goal from Raul Jimenez was enough to take the over the line and keep hold onto the top position in the league table.
The season so far has been rather comfortable for Benfica so far and have already picked up 7 points against their main three title Porto, Sporting CP and Braga. Benfica can boast of having one of the best defenses in the league and let in only 8 goals so far this season. And they are the highest scoring team with 30 goals in the bag so far.
Rio Ave are in some form on their own and raked up their 4th consecutive league with by defeating Nacional by a 2-1 margin last weekend. They had a bad patch in the previous 5 games as they were win-less with 4 losses. Now the series of wins have pushed them up to 6th in the league with 4 points separating them from Sporting CP and Guimaraes above them.
Benfica vs Rio Ave: Head-to-head stats
Rio Ave had only managed 3 wins from the previous 35 meetings against Benfica in all competitions. While the team from Lisbon have 25 wins to their name, with another 7 ending in stalemates.
Benfica are unbeaten at home in the last 16 fixtures against Rio Ave with 14 wins and 2 draws. The current streak is an 11 match winning run. Rio Ave have only managed to score once in their last 6 visits to Benfica.
Benfica vs Rio Ave: Prediction
The home side are heavy favourites to win here, but it is only a small price offered at the odds of 1.30. However, a better option will be to back Benfica to win at both half time and full time. They been doing the same in their last 5 home matches in the league and this is priced at the odds of 1.80. Also, Benfica’s last 5 home matches have produced over 2.5 goals, which could be used as an alternate option.
The Mexican striker Raul Jimenez has scored in the last 4 matches for Benfica. He is also their primary penalty taker and therefore he is our main pick to score anytime during the match.
Benfica vs Rio Ave: Bet Tips
HT/FT – Benfica/Benfica at 1.80 (4/5)
Over 2.5 Match Goals at 1.62 (5/8)
Raul Jimenez of Benfica to score any-time at 8/11 (1.72).