FC Porto vs Rio Ave Prediction & Match Preview

FC Porto vs Rio Ave
Portugal – Primeira Liga
Date: Saturday, 7 March 2020
Kick-off at 20:30 UK/ 21:30 CET
Venue: Estádio do Dragão (Porto).

As per current form, the Dragons are the best in the country. They had replaced Benfica at the top just the last match-day, and will be eager to continue there. The Rioavistas despite being a formidable squad, should falter against a determined Porto side.

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

  • The reverse fixture had ended in a 0-1 win for the current league-toppers.
  • Sergio Conceicao’s men have also recorded the previous 27 h2h wins.
  • It’s been 16 years since Carlos Carvalhal’s men have won against this opponent.
  • The visitors are yet to record a win at this stadium.
  • The Dragons had won 18 of the previous 20 encounters at this ground.

FC Porto vs Rio Ave Prediction

Conceicao’s men won 0-2 the last match-day on the road, against Santa Clara. It was their sixth league win on the trot, and coupled with Benfica dropping points, the Dragons moved to the top-most of the table.

Elsewhere, Rioavistas were held to a goalless draw at home by Belenenses. Despite the team being from the bottom tier, Carvalhal’s men could not post the three points, and to pile on, now they are pitted against the potential champions of the competition.

Not only are the Dragons on ominous form, but they are hurt too (as the team lost the Primeira crown to arch-rivals Benfica the very final match-day, the past season). They are determined to make amends for that heartbreak, and just the last game week, they knocked the current champions off the top of the table.

By all means, we can count on Conceicao’s men to try their best to keep the momentum going. On top of that, they have absolutely dominated h2h clashes in the past, and have done it in even more style at this stadium.

Taking these findings into account, presume that Porto are on course to deliver a massive win this Saturday.

FC Porto vs Rio Ave Betting Tips

  • FC Porto to Score in Both Halves @ 2.20 (6/5)
  • Over 1.5 Team Goals by FC Porto @ 1.50 (1/2).

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