Rio Ave vs Famalicao
Portugal – Primeira Liga
Date: Friday, 31 January 2020
Kick-off at 21:15 UK / 22:15 CET
Venue: Estádio do Rio Ave (Vila do Conde).
It has been nothing short of a bumpy ride for Familicao on the road lately. Given that Rio Ave are on a winning groove at the moment as well, it looks like the visitors have their work cut out for them on Friday.
Rio Ave vs Famalicao Head to head (h2h)
Their only previous meeting was the reverse fixture of this matchup which ended in a 1-0 win for Familicao.
Rio Ave vs Famalicao Prediction
Rio Ave have been picking up back to back wins in their past three fixtures in the Primeira Liga, the most recent of which was a 2-1 victory over Guimaraes on the road. Despite registering far fewer shots on target than their foes in that latter matchup, the hosts utilized the opportunities that came their way and subsequently walked away with all three points in the bag.
Impressively, the home team have also stumbled just once in their past six fixtures in the top flight. With twenty-eight points to their name, Rio Ave are currently sitting fifth on the ladder, three points shy of fourth-placed Famalicao.
On the other hand, the visitors were handed a shock 1-0 defeat last week by Santa Clara who edged past them with a narrow 1-0 scorecard. The guests were tipped as the outright favorites in that clash. However, they finished the ninety minutes with no more than one measly shot on target.
Disappointingly, the visitors are now without a win in their past two games on the trot. It is also worth mentioning that Famalicao have been erratic in their recent trips on the road.
Miserably, they have come away with the victory just once in their past five outings, and have admitted defeat thrice in the process too.
Meanwhile, the hosts have been at the losing end in just one of their previous five games at home. With home advantage out of the equation for Familicao, Rio Ave are the favorites to secure the bragging rights this week.
In addition, Rio Ave’s backline have looked organized in front of the home crowd this season. They have kept a clean sheet in three of their past four fixtures here.
Furthermore, the guests have been tame in their recent outings and have found the back of the net just four times from their last five trips on the road. Taking the aforementioned into consideration, it is certainly well within reason to expect fewer than 2.5 goals in this one.
Rio Ave vs Famalicao Betting tips
Rio Ave to win @ 2.00 (1/1)
Under 2.5 goals @ 1.90 (9/10).