Rio Ave vs Estoril: Preview and Predictions

Rio Ave vs Estoril
Portugal – Primeira Liga
Date: Friday, 30 March 2018
Kick-Off at 18:15 UK
Venue: Estadio do Rio Ave Futebol Clube (Vila do Conde).

Estoril are just not pulling up any trees of late and they look to be the main contenders for the drop to Segunda Liga football next term. The Canaries have dropped down to the very foot of the league ladder after losing five games on the bounce in the competition before finally ending the horrendous streak in the round prior to the international break.

Nonetheless, a single point in the home clash with fellow strugglers Pacos de Ferreira won’t do much good for the team from Praia and it’s now clear that the head coach Ivo Vieira will have a mountain to climb in order to save the team in the elite come May.

The Canaries will have a very complicated task to start turning corners this Friday given they are up against the fifth-placed Rio Ave who are looking to preserve this spot with a win here (Maritimo are just a single point away in sixth and a slip-up here would likely move Rio Grande down in the league standings).

Miguel Cardoso’s men have had a very tough schedule in the last month had somewhat of a tough schedule lately as they’ve played the likes of Porto and Sporting CP within only a month. This is why the team has only picked up a single victory in last five league affairs. Nonetheless, Rio Grande have been enjoying a spectacular run in matches on the home patch recently. They’ve won five and drawn one of last six home outings in the competition.

Rio Ave vs Estoril: Head-to-head

Rio Ave have been the more successful side over the course of history.

Rio Grande have won 12 and lost only 5 of 20 H2H encounters with Estoril.

Interestingly, Rio Ave have been much more successful in away fixtures against the Canaries (seven wins, three draws, no losses).

Rio Ave vs Estoril: Prediction

Even though Estoril in a desperate need for points, we do find a decent value in backing the home win at the odds of 1.80.

Rio Ave have won 5 and drawn 1 of last 6 home games and we’ll back them to beat the outfit which has won just a single point in last six league rounds all day long at these odds.

Rio Ave vs Estoril: Bet Tips

Rio Ave to win @ 1.80

HT/FT Rio Ave/Rio Ave @ 2.90.

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