FC Porto vs Rio Ave Predictions and Match Preview

FC Porto vs Rio Ave
Portugal – Primeira Liga
Date: Sunday, 23rd December 2018
Kick-off at 15.00 UK/ 16.00 CET
Venue:  Estádio do Dragão (Porto).

FC Porto hosts Rio Ave at the Estádio do Dragão, this Sunday. The match completes the 14th round fixtures for both the teams in the Portuguese Primeira Liga.

Rio Ave occupies the sixth spot in the table and has 19 points against their name on the board. Their record reads five wins, four draws, and four losses. The team managed to score 22 goals and conceded 21 in return.

FC Porto is the first team in league standings. They have secured 33 points from their 22 matches so far. The team won 11 matches, drew none and lost the remaining two. They scored 28 goals in the process and conceded eight.

Rio Ave lost against Sporting, on the road, in their last fixture. The seven-goal affair saw Rio Ave scoring two and Sporting putting five past the visitors. FC Porto won against Moreirense, at home, last weekend. The final score was 4-3.

FC Porto vs Rio Ave Head-to-head (h2h)

  • Rio Ave lost the last h2h match against FC Porto.
  • The last 25 h2h wins belong to FC Porto.
  • Rio Ave is winless against FC Porto since 2004.
  • FC Porto has 14 wins from their last 14 matches.
  • Rio Ave is winless in their last four games.
  • FC Porto won ten of their last ten home-ties.
  • Rio Ave has lost four of their last five away matches.

FC Porto vs Rio Ave Prediction

This match is such a lopsided one, that the bookies have given odds of 1.15 for a Porto win. FC Porto is easily the best team in the country, and have been dominating the competition, rightfully so, from the beginning of this season.

Porto won 11 of their total 13 matches in this league campaign so far. Only Sporting has outscored them, and just by two goals. Porto has won their last five matches in the league, as well their last five home-ties.

The last 25 h2h wins against Rio, are in the name of Porto. There is no realistic way where Rio could mount a formidable challenge against the mighty Porto. The potential champion will take the win here. They will get to work early and win the first half as well.

FC Porto is also the best defensive team in the entire league. They have conceded the least number of goals overall as well as at home. Also, they kept clean sheets in their last two games against Rio, in a row. In fact, the combined scoreline for those two games were 8-0, in favor of Porto. The team will easily keep a clean sheet in the game as well.

FC Porto vs Rio Ave Betting Tips

  • Half Time Result: FC Porto to Win @ 1.50 (1/2)
  • To Win to Nil: FC Porto @ 1.90 (9/10).

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