Rio Ave vs Belenenses Prediction & Match Preview

Rio Ave vs Belenenses SAD
Portugal – Primeira Liga
Date: Saturday, 29 February 2020
Kick-off at 18:00 UK / 19:00 CET
Venue: Estádio do Rio Ave (Vila do Conde).

Wins have been sporadic for Belenenses SAD on the road this season. With h2h history here also indicating a clear upper hand for Rio Ave, the visitors are left with no reason to have their hopes up this weekend.

Rio Ave vs Belenenses SAD Head to head (h2h)

  • Their last clash witnessed Rio Ave post a 2-0 victory.
  • Three of their past four games have featured over 2.5 goals on the charts.
  • Both teams have found the back of the net together in half of their previous six encounters.
  • Two of their last eight fixtures have ended as a tie.
  • Belenenses SAD have registered the win twice in their past ten meetings. (W-2, D-3, L-5)

Rio Ave vs Belenenses SAD Prediction

Rio Ave have been alternating between wins and draws in their past five games, the most recent of which, saw them take down Tondela on the road with a 2-1 scorecard. Impressively, the hosts have not been at the losing end in any of their previous seven games in the top flight, and have garnered seventeen points from a possible twenty-one.

At the moment, the home team have climbed up to the fifth spot on the ladder and are just three points adrift of fourth-placed Sporting.

On the other hand, Belenenses completed back to back wins in the league for the first time this season by getting the better of Maritimo at home last week. Be that as it may, the visitors have a lot of ground to make up.

Miserably, the guests are fifteenth in a cluster of eighteen and are at present a lot closer to falling into the relegation zone than they are in catching up with Rio Ave on the ladder.

It is also worth mentioning that Belenenses have been faring poorly in their outings. In fact, half of the twelve defeats that they have succumbed to this term have come from their clashes on the road.

To make matters worse, the visitors have emerged victoriously just once away from home since the start of the new year.

In sharp contrast, Rio Ave are unbeaten in their past three games here. Taking into account that the guests have not secured the bragging rights in any of their last four visits to this venue either, count on Rio Ave to come away with all three points in this one.

Furthermore, Belenenses have been found napping at the back far too many on the road. Disappointingly, they have conceded eight goals from their past four outings alone.

Meanwhile, the hosts have found the back of the net sixteen times so far. Considering that their last h2h meeting also witnessed over 2.5 goals on the charts, expect Rio Ave to win and to win big at that.

Rio Ave vs Belenenses SAD Betting tips

  • Rio Ave to win @ 1.40 (2/5)
  • Over 2.5 goals @ 1.75 (3/4).

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