Nacional vs Rio Ave
Portuguese Primeira Liga
Date: Sunday, 17 March 2019
Kick-Off at 15:00 UK / 16:00 CET
Venue: Estadio da Madeira (Funchal).
Things are heating up to the max in the relegation battle in this term of Primeira Liga. The difference between 10th-placed Rio Ave and 16th-placed Tondela is not higher than five points, meaning we are in for plenty relegation six-pointers in final nine rounds of the competition.
One such will be played on Sunday afternoon at Estadio da Madeira where Nacional will play host to Rio Ave. The hosts sit two points above the red zone line, but could move lock on points with their 26th round counterparts with a victory here.
Alvinegros had a turbulent start to the year. They went from nightmare displays to fairy-tale showings in days. The reason behind is that they generally play much better in their own backyard.
Nacional vs Rio Ave: Head-to-head
The first H2H meeting between these two likes in the first half of the season offered a six-goal thriller which ended in a 3-3 draw in Vila do Conde.
Nacional lead the H2H tie by three wins historically, but it’s Rio Ave who were more successful in the latest set of matches against Alvinegros.
Vilacondenses won two and drew one of past three clashes against Nacional.
However, Rio Ave won just 1 of 14 away outings against Alvinegros.
Nacional vs Rio Ave: Prediction
Nacional were struggling badly to keep things tight at the back lately. They shipped five goals in last weekend’s catastrophe at Portimonense. Nonetheless, they also produced as many as seven goals in last two home ties against Feirense (4-0) and Tondela (3-2).
Rio Ave, on the other side, picked up just one point in past four league ties. It came last Friday when they drew 1-1 in relegation six-pointer against penultimate-placed Chaves. Three of last four matches they played saw the BTTS option coming in.
Given these two likes played a 3-3 draw when they locked horns in the first part of the season, we have to go for goals at both ends as the main betting option at the odds of 1.61.
Nacional vs Rio Ave: Bet Tips
BTTS @ 1.61 (8/13)
Draw @ 3.10 (21/10).