Rio Ave vs Nacional
Portugal – Primeira Liga
Date: Monday, 5th November 2018
Kick-off at 19.00 UK/ 20.00 CET
Venue: Estadio do Rio Ave, Vila do Conde.
Rio Ave, one of the top teams in the Primeira Liga hosts the relegation-threatened Nacional in the ninth round of league matches at the Estadio do Rio Ave.
Rio has secured 17 points from their 8 matches. They have won five of these, drawn two and lost one. While they scored 13 goals from these 8 matches, they have conceded 8.
In more ways than another Nacional has been the worst team in the league. They have won just one match so far in the Primeira Liga. Nacional has lost five of their matches and has drawn two. They have scored the least number of goals so far in the league while conceding the most. Six and sixteen respectively.
Rio will be confident ahead of this match as they come on the back of a home win against Chaves. A solitary goal in the 66th minute was enough to get the job done.
Nacional, on the other hand, was humiliated by Braga in the league with a ‘Manita’, 5-0. They couldn’t even muster the time to string up a few good passes against Braga. Nacional was completely outplayed by their opponents.
Rio Ave vs Nacional Head-to-head (h2h)
Rio Ave has recorded three of the last four wins in head-to-head matches.
The home side has comparatively fared better in recent head-to-head meetings. Three of the last four wins were for the hosts of the match.
Rio Ave has lost just two of their last ten matches.
Nacional is currently on an eight-match winless streak and has just one win in their last 11 matches.
Rio Ave is currently on a 16-match unbeaten streak at home.
Nacional is on a five-match winless streak on the road.
Rio Ave vs Nacional Prediction
The home team, Rio Ave will have no trouble in despatching Nacional with another heavy defeat. Every stat point towards a loss for the visitors.
Rio is on unbeaten streaks at home as well as in overall games. They have fared much better in recent head-to-head matches. Nacional is on winless streaks both at home games and away games. The list goes on.
Expect Rio Ave to control the whole 90 minutes of the match. Goals will be scored in both halves, and both halves will be won by the hosts. Rio will most probably keep a clean sheet too.
Nacional has a terrible defense, and in all likelihood, it will be exploited by the Rio forwards. An alternative betting option is Over 2.5 match goals @ 1.80 (4/5)
Rio Ave vs Nacional Betting Tips
Rio Ave to win @ 1.65 (7/11)
Half Time/ Full Time: Rio Ave/ Rio Ave @ 2.70 (17/10).