Rio Ave vs. Sporting CP
Date: Saturday, 15 February 2020
Kick-Off at 20:30 UK/ 21:30 CET
Venue: Estádio do Rio Ave (Vila do Conde)
Carlos Carvalhal’s team are on a purple patch at present with a 5 match unbeaten streak. But if we look closely they have not been able to trouble the top four. Also they failed to get all 3 points in their last home match against Famalicao.
On Saturday, they must be careful against the former champions to not be shabby in defence.
League title is probably out of reach for SCP with 15 points separating them and the 3rd place Porto. Being the leaders of the rest of the pack they must hang on to the Europa qualification spot.
With mid-table getting very close in terms of points 3 points are a must for Silas’ team. The recent 2 defeats in the league have put him under pressure for sure.
Rio Ave vs Sporting: Head-to-head (h2h)
- The Rioavistas are on a 2 match win streak in all competitions.
- Both teams have scored in 4 of their last 5 meetings across all venues.
- All those 5 games had more than 2.5 goals at the final whistle.
- Sporting dominates with 6 wins in their last 8 matches against this opposition.
- Green and Whites have won the last 2 games at this ground on the trot.
Rio Ave vs Sporting: Prediction
The hosts have lost 2 of their previous 5 matches in front of their home fans. But the away team has lost only against sides above them in the points table. Also considering their recent victories at this venue, we can bet on a win for the visitors with 2.70 odds.
Silas’ team have conceded cheaply in 4 of their recent matches on the road. Even though they have a great attacking line up they will have problems at the back on Friday. If the hosts can take advantage of this weakness, we can expect both teams scoring like their previous encounters.
Rio Ave vs. Sporting: Betting Tips
Both teams to score @ 1.73 (8/11).
Sporting to win @ 2.70 (17/10).