Rio Ave vs Desportivo Aves
Portugal – Primeira Liga
Date: Friday, 23 February 2018
Kick-Off at 20:30 UK
Venue: Estadio do Rio Ave Futebol Clube (Vila do Conde).
Desportivo Aves have been enjoying a phenomenal run of form of late and they will head into this clash high on confidence after claiming seven points from last three league outings. Such results have moved them away from the danger area, but there is still a lot of job ahead of Jose Mota and his side in the quest of saving the top slight status come May.
Nonetheless, we have to praise the wok Mota has done with Aves since taking charge in January. The team has been particularly impressive in the final third lately netting as many as eight goals in back-to-back wins over Boavista and Belenenses. The run was terminated last time out when top-half rivals Maritimo held the in-form Aves side to a goalless draw in Vila das Aves.
Mota and his men are about to take on another top-half opponent this Friday when they face fifth-placed Rio Ave. The hosts will be highly motivated to fix the poor impression from the dreadful 5-0 defeat away at Porto on Sunday. The game Miguel Cardoso’s men will try to build on is the previous home fixture in the league which saw Rio Grande net three goals in a comprehensive victory over Maritimo. Overall, Rio Ave rarely drop points in their own backyard where they’ve won four on the bounce in Primeira Liga coming into this tie with Desportivo Aves.
Rio Ave vs Desportivo Aves: Head-to-head
Desportivo Aves lead the H2H tie by a single win coming into their 12th meeting with Rio Ave.
Rio Grande have, however, been much more successful in front of the home crowd where they’ve won three of four meetings with Aves.
The two sides have played a 4-4 draw back in mid-January this year when they met in Taca da Portugal (Aves went through on penalties).
Rio Ave vs Desportivo Aves: Prediction
One can hardly go past the home win here given that Rio Ave have won four consecutive matches in front of the home crowd in Primeira Liga.
Moreover, Miguel Cardoso’s side has won three of four home outings in H2H matches with Desportivo Aves.
Nonetheless, we do expect to see the visitors on target as well given that they’ve been lethal in the final third in the last couple of fixtures under Jose Mota.
Rio Ave vs Desportivo Aves: Bet Tips
Rio Ave to win @ 1.95
BTTS @ 1.90.