Feirense vs Rio Ave
Portugal – Primeira Liga
Date: Sunday, 12 August 2018
Kick-Off at 16:00 UK / 17:00 CET
Venue: Estadio Marcolino de Castro, Santa Maria da Feira.
Feirense barely saved the elite class status last year only thanks to a goalless draw against Estoril on the home patch in the final round of the campaign.
They will have a mountain to climb in order to repeat such an accomplishment this time about as the board did very little to strengthen the squad this summer.
Azuis da Feira will have a very tough challenge to stay unbeaten in the new season curtain raiser against Rio Ave on Sunday afternoon.
The visitors made it to Europa League by winning the fifth place in the last season, but they had a dismal European adventure this summer.
In Jose Gomes’ defense, Vilacondenses have been dealt one of the toughest early draws in Europa League as they had to play Polish Jagiellonia Bialystok in the second round.
The first leg saw Rio Ave lose 1-0 on the road, but the reverse fixture was one of the weirdest so far in the competition, producing as many as eight goals.
It ended in a 4-4 draw, eliminating the Portuguese side right at the start of their European journey.
Feirense vs Rio Ave: Head-to-head
- Teams have five wins each ahead of their 14th head to head affair.
- Trips to Estadio Marcolino de Castro were all but a positive experience for Vilacondenses over the history.
- Rio Ave won only 1 and lost 4 of 7 away games against Azuis da Feira.
- The lone away victory came this summer when the two teams met in a pre-season friendly.
Feirense vs Rio Ave: Prediction
We believe the time has come for Rio Ave to pick up the first official win over Feirense away from home.
The visitors have the quality on their side and their players should be in a better competitive form following the Europa League participation.
Moving forward, Rio Ave bounced back from the Europa League failure by beating Portimonense 0-2 on the road last weekend in the Taca da Liga opener with goals from Gabrielzinho and Damien Furtado.
The hosts struggled badly for goals during the pre-season as they failed to find the back of the net at all in four straight matches (three losses and a draw).
However, Nuno Santos’ men finally managed to produce seven days ago when they bagged three in a narrow victory over lower-division Leixoes in Taca da Liga.
The visitors come into this as favourites and we’ll back them not to lose at 1.40 as the main betting option. You can alternatively try with Rio Ave to keep a clean sheet at 2.75.
Feirense vs Rio Ave: Bet Tips
Rio Ave or Draw Double Chance @ 1.40
Rio Ave to keep a clean sheet @ 2.75.