Rio Ave vs Maritimo
Portugal – Primeira Liga
Date: Sunday, 19 August 2018
Kick-Off at 16:00 UK / 17:00 CET
Venue: Estadio do Rio Ave Futebol Clube, Vila do Conde.
Rio Ave host Maritimo for their Matchday 2 Primeira Liga clash after seeing a comfortable 2-0 loss at Feirense in their first outing this term, looking for a return to the winning ways in front of the home crowd to escape the bottom part of the table early on.
Rio Grande have been a much better side at Estadio do Rio Ave Futebol Club and Jose Gomes should have no trouble motivating his men to put on another such display.
Despite a rather unpredictable spell of form now behind them – where they earned just one win in last four outings across competitions and dropped out of Europa League Qualifiers.
Maritimo, on the other hand, earned a narrow 1-0 home win over newcomers Santa Clara, where a very late winner from Rodrigo Pinho (who converted from the spot) proved enough for three points.
They have been solid defensively but struggled to break the deadlock, which could be more worrying ahead of the trip to Vila do Conde.
Rio Ave vs Maritimo: Head-to-head
- Rio Ave haven’t suffered a home loss to Maritimo since 2012 (0-1).
- Maritimo have been regularly bagging home points against the rivals but obviously have more troubles at Estadio do Rio Ave Futebol Clube.
- Rio Grande have earned a convincing 3-0 win in their last head-to-head clash at this ground in February 2018.
Rio Ave vs Maritimo: Prediction
We will now back Rio Ave to build on such records and bounce back in front of the home fans once again, going for a Home win at 2.04.
We have seen them in a much better shape and this now seems great value, catching the eye of many as the best way to go about the market on the day.
However, it does feel they’ll have to set up another great defensive challenge to do so and capitalize on the rivals struggles to impress in the attacking third before anything else.
With that in mind, we now expect a very narrow contest and we’ll also back Rio Ave to keep a clean sheet in a bet which comes at an eye-catching 2.35.
Rio Ave vs Maritimo: Bet Tips
Rio Ave to win @ 21/20 (2.05)
Rio Ave to keep a clean sheet @ 13/10 (2.30).