Rio Ave vs Maritimo
Portugal – Primeira Liga
Date: Sunday, 5 January 2020
Kick-off at 15:00 UK / 16:00 CET
Venue: Estádio do Rio Ave (Vila do Conde).
Maritimo have been struggling to get their names on the scoresheet, let alone come out on top, in their recent outings. And now, with Rio Ave picking up back to back wins at home in the league, the visitors are left with no reason to have their hopes up this weekend.
Rio Ave vs Maritimo Head to head (h2h)
- Their last clash witnessed Rio Ave post a 2-0 victory.
- Two of their previous three fixtures have featured over 2.5 goals on the charts.
- A stalemate has occurred just once in their past ten encounters.
- Rio Ave have registered the win in half of their previous ten matchups. (W-5, D-1, L-4)
- Both teams have found the back of the net together in just four of their last fifteen games.
Rio Ave vs Maritimo Prediction
Rio Ave were taken down by Gil Vicente in the Portugal League Cup by a narrow 1-0 scorecard, thereby bringing their three-match unbeaten streak to a close. Nevertheless, the hosts are on far more convincing run of form in the league at the moment and have stumbled just twice in their past seven matchups.
With nineteen points to their name, the home side are currently sitting sixth on the ladder, four points adrift of Maritimo.
Meanwhile, the visitors have not been coping well in their respective campaign. Miserably, they have just one measly win to boast of from their past ten games in all competitions.
To make matters worse, Maritimo have been admitting back to back defeats in their last two outings. Their only taste of success on the road was the 1-0 win over Pacos Ferreira, back in late August.
In sharp contrast, Rio Ave have secured maximum points from their last two Primeira Liga games here. Furthermore, the hosts have made no mistake in picking up the win in each of their previous two meetings with this foe at home.
As such, the hosts are certainly in line to post an easy win in this one.
Additionally, Maritimo’s backline have just been far too easy to breach as of late. They have conceded six goals from their previous two outings alone, and have failed to score at least a goal of their own in each of their past three on the trot too.
Meanwhile, eleven of the seventeen goals for the hosts this season have come from their clashes at home. To top it off, Rio Ave have netted no less than three goals in each of their previous two h2h matchups here.
Hence, it is well within reason to expect a high scoring affair to unfold this weekend.
Rio Ave vs Maritimo Betting tips
Rio Ave to win @ 1.60 (3/5)
Over 2.5 goals @ 1.90 (9/10).