Rio Ave vs Braga
Portugal – Primeira Liga
Date: Sunday, 13 May 2018
Kick-Off at 18:00 UK
Venue: Estadio do Rio Ave Futebol Clube (Vila do Conde).
Rio Ave will face Braga in the final round of the Portuguese Primeira Liga on Sunday evening.
The hosts have secured 5th spot after Maritimo’s defeat in the previous round. They have snatched four points from the last two matches which was enough for the Europa League spot. Rio Ave have been excellent at home pitch as they booked ten victories and suffered only three defeats. Although Miguel Cardoso’s side haven’t been too productive, they managed to defend their net very well.
Braga missed the chance to get close to just one point behind from Sporting and Braga after their hiccup against Boavista last weekend. They are one spot above their rivals, but they also have 27 points more than Rio Ave. Paulinho and the lads have been very efficient this season with 74 goals scored so far. the visitors booked five away wins in the last six outings and they are one of the best away teams in the competition.
Rio Ave vs Braga: Head-to-head
Braga have celebrated a win just once in their last six head to head clashes, while the hosts managed to do the same three times during that period. Their clashes a re usually pretty tight and the crowd is not able to see more than two goals too often.
Rio Ave vs Braga: Prediction
The hosts don’t have a pressure of a win in this one, while Braga could get a lot in case of Benfica’s or Sporting’s defeat. Therefore, although Rio Ave are playing very well at home pitch, they might get defeated in this one. Braga will certainly search for their chance of snatching the 3rd spot.
Home side is playing very tight, however Braga scored almost the same number of goals at away matches as the hosts did in the entire season. Actually, this match might be more efficient than the previous ones between these two sides and we are expecting at least three goals.
Rio Ave vs Braga: Bet Tips
Away win @ 1.80
Over 2.5 FT @ 1.75.