Rio Ave vs Belenenses
Portugal – Primeira Liga
Date: Monday, 7th August 2017
Kick-off at 21:00 UK/ 22:00 CET
Venue: Estadio do Rio Ave (Vila do Conde).
Rio Ave had many ups and downs last season and ended up a point short of the Europa League qualification zone. The head-coach Miguel Cardoso will be looking for a consistent performance from his players this term, at least against the moderate teams in the league.
Despite the negatives, Boavista finished on a fantastic run in front of their home fans. They were beaten just once in their last 11 home games and kept 6 cleans sheets during the last 9.
However, finding goals remains a problem for the Rio Ave. They need to better the 41 goals scored last season if they are to claw back to the European qualification zone.
Meanwhile, Belenenses ended up their 2016/17 campaign with a disappointing 14th placed finish. They could have achieved a mid-table finish if not for the horrendous run from March to the closing weeks of the season. Belenenses finished their campaign with 8 losses from their last 10 matches and were only 4 points above the relegation waters.
Rio Ave vs Belenenses: Head-to-head
The two duels between the two resulted in home wins, 1-0 for Belenenses and 2-0 for Rio Ave.
Also, the teams share 2 wins and 2 draws from their last six league meetings.
At home, Rio Ave lost just once in their last 7 matches in all competitions against Belenenses. They won and drew 3.
Also, Rio Ave’s 7 of the last 8 home games against Belenenses saw under 2.5 goals.
Rio Ave vs Belenenses: Predictions
Belenenses are going through a very complicated phase and they are likely to struggle this time with a thin squad. Rio Ave have the home advantage on their side and will also benefit from having a superior squad.
Rio Ave vs Belenenses: Bet Tips
FT – Rio Ave to win for 1.91 odds with William Hill.
The best alternative is Under 2.5 goals for 1.62 odds with Betfair.