Rio Ave vs Braga
Portuguese Primeira Liga
Date: Sunday, 3 March 2019
Kick-Off at 17:30 UK / 18:30 CET
Venue: Estadio do Rio Ave Futebol Clube (Vila do Conde).
Braga built up a strong reputation in this term of Primeira Liga, but they completely fell apart in recent weeks ruining everything they’ve done so far in the season. The Archbishops excluded themselves form the title contention with back-to-back losses to Sporting Lisbon and Belenenses. They went on to suffer a 3-0 disaster against Porto on Tuesday night in the first leg of Taca da Portugal semi-final.
The head coach Abel Ferreira will thus face hard times finding the way to motivate his lads to bounce back from such failures. Braga’s hopes of challenging one of top two spots and a place in the Champions League qualifications suffered a massive blow after the aforementioned slump in form. They are now as many as seven points shy of Benfica in second place and only three points above Sporting Lisbon in fourth.
Rio Ave vs Braga: Head-to-head
Sporting Braga lead the head to head tie by six wins coming into the landmark 50th encounter with Vilacondenses.
Just one of last five head to head affairs saw three or more goals scored.
Rio Ave are one of just two teams in the entire league which managed to avoid a defeat at Estadio Municipal de Braga this season (a 1-1 draw).
Rio Ave were generally much more successful in the most recent head to head history of their clashes with the Archbishops (four wins, a draw and a defeat in last six ties with Braga).
Rio Ave vs Braga: Prediction
Braga failed to find the back of the net in last three matches in all competitions. They are up against defensive-minded Rio Ave here and we would not be surprised to see the continuation of a low-scoring head to head trend.
The hosts have also been far from their best of late. They scored just one goal in last two league losses to Santa Clara and Boavista. Under 2.5 goals FT is thus our top betting recommendation at 1.90 odds, while you can alternatively back draw at the half time 2.25.