Boavista vs Rio Ave
Portugal – Primeira Liga
Date: Sunday, 24th February 2019
Kick-off at 17.30 UK/ 18.30 CET
Venue: Estádio do Bessa Século XXI (Porto).
Rio Ave went through a hell of an away schedule these last match-days. They had to deal with Porto, Benfica, Sporting, and Guimaraes one after the other. All four teams were from the top-six of the league table, and the first three were from the top-four. The unusual series of fixtures surely took its toll, but the team deserves credit for fighting back.
After the run was over they recorded back-to-back wins on the road and is in preparation for the third. Their opponents, Boavista particularly lacks quality at the front, and it has been clearly evident in the stats they pulled. Only two teams have registered fewer goals than them in the Primeira Liga, and even the last-placed Feirense has scored more than them at home.
If Rio is willing to put in the effort they did for the last two match-days, they can make it three straight wins on the road.
Boavista vs Rio Ave Head-to-head (h2h)
- Boavista lost the last four games in a row.
- Rio has found the back of the net in the last 15 matches in succession.
- Ten of the last fourteen wins belong to Rio Ave.
- At this venue, Boavista conceded in the last seven ties.
- The visitors won the last three games at this stadium.
Boavista vs Rio Ave Prediction
Boavista was winless in 12 of their last 17 games and currently is just two points higher from the relegation cut-off. Meanwhile, Rio was unbeaten in five of their last six fixtures and won their last two away ties. The team also kept clean sheets in these two.
Additionally, they are on a scoring streak of eight games on the road and did so twice or more in four of their last six. Furthermore, 13 of their last 15 away ties also had them finding the back of the net.
Couple this with the fact that Rio won the last four h2h ties in a row, and won six of the last seven. At this venue, they won the last three meetings on the trot, too.
And most importantly, it’s been more than 12 years since Boavista recorded a home win against this opponent.
All these observations duly point to the visitors as the favorites for this match-up. The team is expected to deny the home team at least a single point, and the incredible goal-scoring record Rio has had in h2h ties makes the chances for them to register the first goal of the game very high.
Boavista vs Rio Ave Betting Tips
Rio Ave to Win @ 3.00 (2/1)
Rio Ave to Score the First Goal @ 2.20 (6/5).