Porto vs Rio Ave: Preview and Prediction

Porto vs Rio Ave: Preview, Prediction and Betting Tips-21st January 2017

FC Porto vs Rio Ave
Portuguese Primeira Liga
Date: Saturday, 21st January 2017
Kick-off at 16:00 UK/ 17:00 CET
Venue: Estádio do Dragao, Porto.

FC Porto remain 4 points behind league leaders Benfica after the 3-0 win over Moreirense last weekend. They do come on the back of an excellent home record this season having won 8 of their 9 games so far. The lone match in which they dropped point was against Benfica, a match that finished 1-1 on November. Porto were only beaten once this season, away against rivals Sporting Lisbon at the start of the season.

Rio Ave occupy 8th position in the league table with a 7 point distance from the Europe League zone. They were beaten 1-0 in the away trip to Belenenses last weekend which extended their run without a win to 3 games. They lost 2 and drew 1 during the period. Rio Ave were beaten in their last two away games as well. But they picked 11 points from their 8 away games this season and are the fifth best away side in the league at the moment.

FC Porto vs Rio Ave: Head-to-head stats

It resulted in a 3-1 win for Porto when the teams met at Rio Ave on the matchday 1 of the current campaign. With the win, Porto extended their unbeaten run over Rio Ave to 25 games. There are 20 wins and 5 draws in that period. Rio Ave’s last win over Porto was in the 2004 season.

FC Porto vs Rio Ave: Prediction

There are no doubts that Porto are clear favourites for this match and they will win this comfortably. Rio Ave were able to get a 1-1 draw in their last visit to the Estádio do Dragao, but were thrashed relentlessly in the previous three visits. Therefore, an Asian handicap of -2 for Porto to start with is recommended for this fixture.

FC Porto vs Rio Ave: Bet Tips

HT/FT – Porto/Porto at 1.78 (4/5)
FT Asian Handicap: Porto -2 at 2.30.