Boavista vs Rio Ave
Portugal – Primeira Liga
Date: Saturday, 25 July 2020
Kick-off at 19:00 UK/ 20:00 CET
Venue: Estádio do Bessa Século XXI.
Vilacondenses are placed sixth in the table with 52 points, whereas their competitors Famalicao are placed fifth with 53 points.
In order to qualify for Europe, a team needs to finish fifth or higher in the Portugal league, and with this being the final match-day in the competition, odds are a bit against Carlos Carvalhal’s men in doing so.
They need to win this fixture, and at the same time hope for Famalicao to drop points in their match-up, in order to get a Europa ticket. Despite qualification being unlikely, Carvalhal’s men have no option but to go for the three points.
Considering the desperation of Vilacondenses, their recent form, the recent struggles of the Panthers, and finally the fact that Daniel Ramos’s men have nothing left to play for – expect a Rio Ave win this Saturday.
Boavista vs Rio Ave: Head-to-head (h2h)
- Carvalhal’s men recorded a 2-0 win in the reverse fixture.
- They had also won eight of the previous ten encounters.
- They had kept clean sheets in four of the last seven clashes.
- The combined scorecard for the past two meetings was 5-0, in favor of this same team.
- Since 2006, only once have the hosts won at this stadium.
Boavista vs Rio Ave: Prediction
The Panthers are winless in their last four match-ups, and three of these were losses as well. Going on, they were also winless in nine of their previous twelve overall games, and remained so in 11 of their preceding 15 appearances at home.
Moreover, they are already safe from the relegation cut-off, and are out of contention for the European spots as well. On the other hand, their opposite number are gunning for the final Europa ticket, and they were unbeaten in five of their last six overall fixtures.
Keep note that they were unbeaten in ten of their last twelve road trips as well. On top of that, they had won the reverse fixture, and have always dominated h2h clashes over the years too.
Taking into account these observations, it’s evident that Rio Ave are the favorites to post the three points this Saturday.
Boavista vs Rio Ave: Betting Tips
Rio Ave to Win @ 1.75 (3/4)
Over 1.5 Team Goals by Rio Ave @ 1.80 (4/5).