Braga vs Rio Ave
Portugal – Primeira Liga
Date: Monday, 2 December 2019
Kick-off at 18:45 UK / 19:45 CET
Venue: Estádio Municipal de Braga (Braga)
Even though Braga have a fantastic home record vs Rioavistas over the course of history, the Monday’s guests became their bogey team recently, winning four of the last seven head-to-head meetings.
Braga vs Rio Ave: Head-to-head (h2h)
- Overall Stats (50 games): Braga 21 Wins, Rio Ave 15 wins, 15 Draws.
- Braga have 15-4-4 home record vs Rio Ave.
- Four of their last five meetings at this venue had BTTS – Yes.
- Less than three goals have been scored in four of the last six H2H encounters.
- Braga have won the latest outing vs Rioavistas 2-1.
Braga vs Rio Ave: Prediction
Ricardo Sa Pinto’s side moved up on the Primeira ladder following a 2-0 win over fifth-placed Guimaraes last week. After slow start to the season, Braga upped their game considerably as they’ve claimed 11 points from last six league games. Currently 9th in the standings with the win-draw-loss record of 4-3-4, the Archbishops are five points off of Sporting CP, sitting at 4th.
Braga have 2-2-1 record at Estadio Municipal, scoring and conceding at same rate – 1.80 goals per game. They were much better last season when they won 13 of their 17 games at home. SPB shared the spoils with Famalicao (2-2) in their most recent home fixture.
With exactly the same W-D-L record, Rio Ave are occupying 6th place in the league because of the better goal difference. The Rioavistas snapped their four-game winless streak in the league with a 1-0 win over Vitoria Setubal in the previous round and went on to win a Taca de Portugal game vs lower-league side, Alverca, also by a narrow margin.
Rio Ave are a dangerous away team with 2-1-2 record. They’ve beaten Sporting (3-2) and Belenenses (2-0) on their travels but failed to make it count in last two road outings, as they played out a goalless draw vs Pacos Fereira and fell to a 0-2 defeat to league leaders, Benfica.
Even though Braga have a fantastic home record vs Rioavistas over the course of history, the Monday’s guests became their bogey team recently, winning four of their last seven head-to-head meetings.
The hosts tend to play positive football, scoring at least two in their last three home games and 80% of their matches at this venue had over 2.5 goals.
With a 2-1 hunch, I’m going with two bets here.
Braga vs Rio Ave: Betting Tips
Braga to score over 1.5 goals @ 1.61
Over 2.5 goals @ 1.76.