Rio Ave vs Porto Prediction & Match Preview

Rio Ave vs Porto
Portuguese Primeira Liga
Date: Friday, 26 April 2019
Kick-Off 20:30 UK / 21:30 CET
Venue: Estadio do Rio Ave Futebol Clube (Vila do Conde).

Porto will face a serious test on Friday night when they travel to Vila da Conda for Matchday No 31 tie against Rio Ave.

The visitors are lock on points with Benfica at the very top of the Primeira Liga standings and they can’t afford a slip-up in four remaining rounds of the season. This is their toughest away fixture remaining and there are no doubts Azuis e Brancos will head into it highly motivated to claim the spoils.

To do so, Sergio Conceicao’s men will have to be super careful defensively given Rio Ave’s fine attacking form coming into the tie. Vilacondenses bagged five goals in back-to-back league wins over Vitoria Guimaraes and Belenenses. On the other side, Rio Ave also showed weaknesses at the opposite end against stronger sides as they shipped three goals in recent away loss to Sporting Lisbon.

Rio Ave vs Porto: Head-to-head

The head to head record completely favours Porto who won 31, drew 10 and lost just 1 of 42 ties against Vilacondenses.

Azuis e Brancos won all of past six H2H affairs with Rio Ave.

Each of last six H2H encounters between the two sides saw at least three goals scored.

Porto claimed a 2-1 win when two outfits last met each other in late-December last year.

Rio Ave vs Porto: Prediction

Porto were a formidable force in domestic circles in the last couple of months. They won six on the trot in Primeira Liga conceding no more than three goals in the process. Nevertheless, they only notched a single goal in a narrow home win over Santa Clara on Saturday.

Based on Rio Ave’s attacking form and the most recent head to head history, we have to go with the Over 2.5 goals FT as the main betting option at 1.61 odds here. Porto also have a dreadful lineup of attackers led by Moussa Marega and Tiquinho who should have plenty of space to deliver past the attackingly-oriented Rio Ave side.

Rio Ave vs Porto: Bet Tips

  • Over 2.5 goals FT @ 1.61 (8/13)
  • Porto to win & Both Teams To Score @ 3.00 (2/1).