Rio Ave vs Santa Clara
Portugal Primeira Liga
Date: Monday, 25 January 2021
Kick-Off at 16.30 UK
Venue: Estadio do Rio Ave Futebol Clube, Vila do Conde.
Rio Ave and Santa Clara are level on 15 points ahead of their 15th round clash on Monday afternoon in Vila do Conde. The match has a massive importance for both outfits knowing they are just four points above the rock-bottomed Boavista at the moment. If we are looking at the form, Rio Ave will come into the game as favourites.
Vilacondenses picked up four points in the last two league affairs. The positive streak is even bigger if we know they’ve put three goals past mid-table rivals Portimonense before holding the table-toppers Sporting CP to a 1-1 draw away in Lisbon. They should have a nice opportunity to back up such results with another victory here knowing that their rivals have claimed just two points in the last five Primeira Liga outings.
Rio Ave vs Santa Clara Head-to-head
- The two teams shared spoils in a thrilling 2-2 draw when they last met each other in July 2020.
- Interestingly, both teams scored in five of the last six head to head games. We have included one friendly in this record, though.
- Rio Ave are unbeaten in the last three meetings with Os Acoreanos.
Rio Ave vs Santa Clara Prediction
Santa Clara have not kept a clean sheet in 11 consecutive league matches. They took just one point from the last two league games against the rock-bottomed Boavista (a 1-1 away draw) and bottom-half strugglers Famalicao (a 1-2 home loss). Daniel Ramos’ troops managed to find the back of the net on no more than three occasions in the last five league Primeira Liga affairs.
Since Rio Ave look to have found the winning formula in the last couple of weeks, we fancy the 1.90 odds offered on the home win bet here. We will pay a special attention at striker Gelson Dala who scored his inaugural goal of the season in the previous round’s 1-1 draw at Sporting Lisbon. He is 2.30 to score anytime past the out-of-form Santa Clara on Monday afternoon. We will also back the hosts to keep a clean sheet at the 2.25 odds.
Rio Ave vs Santa Clara Betting Tips
Rio Ave to win @ 1.90
Rio Ave to keep a clean sheet @ 2.25.