Rio Ave vs Gil Vicente
Portuguese Primeira Liga
Date: Monday, 9 December 2019
Kick-off at 20:15 UK/ 21:15 CET
Venue: Estádio do Rio Ave (Vila do Conde).
Rio Ave will be aiming to get back to winning ways when they welcome the newly promoted Gil Vicente, who struggled to get going on the road this season.
Rio Ave vs Gil Vicente Head-to-head Stats
Rio Ave has been dominant in their h2h clashes, currently unbeaten in 4 with 2 wins and draws each.
Moreover, Gil Vicente’s last win against Rio Ave date back to 2013/14 Primeira Liga season, which is their only win h2h win across all competitions from 2005.
At home, again, Rio boast a strong stat of 6 wins, 2 draws and 1 defeat in last 10.
Rio Ave vs Gil Vicente Prediction
Rio Ave are coming on the back of a 0-2 defeat away at Braga and they will be desperate to get back to winning ways. The hosts are sitting at 10th in the standings, 1-point behind their Monday’s visitors.
Home form is decent for Rio this term, as they managed to pick up 2 wins and 2 draws from 6 matches so far. The two defeats during the period came against in-form Tondela and the title contenders FC Porto, they were not expected to take any points from those games anyway.
The promoted Gil Vicente are still adjusting to the intensity of Primeira Liga, however their last week’s 3-1 win against Sporting shows they are a very dangerous side.
This is a team that announced their return to topflight with a 2-1 home win against Porto, wins didn’t come until November, however they remain unbeaten at home raking up 4 consecutive draws and recent wins against Maritimo and Sporting.
Yet, they have been poor on the road, losing all four games before edging the foot of the table side Aves 2-1 early in November.
Thus, on the back of recent h2h history and home versus away comparison, Rio can edge this fixture, provided Carlos Carvalhal’s men bring some consistency to their game.
Scoring goals is a problem for both sides, so goals will be at premium here. Thus, I will go with a 1-0 full-time score-line for the hosts along with safe options home win and under 2.5 goals.
Rio Ave vs Gil Vicente Betting Tips
FT – Rio to win @ 1.65
Under 2.5 goals @ 1.90
Correct Score: 1-0 Rio Ave @ 7.50 odd.