Rio Ave vs Sporting CP: Preview and Predictions

Rio Ave vs Sporting CP
Primeira Liga
Date: 27th October 2017
Kick off at 21:00 UK/ 22:00 CET
Venue: Estadio do Rio Ave Futebol Clube (Vila do Conde).

One of the most interesting clashes of the round in the top flight of the Portuguese football will be played in Vila do Conde where Rio Ave are going to host the second-placed Sporting CP.

Rio Ave

Big River have been enjoying a fine spell of form whish saw them win two and draw two of four league outings, but they will head into this after suffering a disappointing 1-0 defeat at Feirense last weekend.

The team led by Miguel Cardoso generally favours defensive football and they will be a very tough nut to crack here.

Sporting CP

Nonetheless, we can hardly expect goals from the hosts either since the Lions have the second-best defense in the league having allowed no more than five goals in nine rounds.

Jorge Jesus’ men were quite inspired in the final third on Sunday when they notched as many as five goals in the thumping of Chaves at Estadio Jose Alvalade.

Bas Dost became the team’s top scorer by completing a hat-trick and making it seven goals so far in the campaign.

Rio Ave vs Sporting CP: Head to head

Rio Ave have not been a super tricky opposition for the Lions over the course of the history, but they did manage to pick up a 3-1 victory in Sporting’s previous visit to Vila do Conda.

Rio Ave vs Sporting CP: Prediction

Sporting are 1.60 to get away with points here, but it is very hard to find a genuine value given Rio Ave’s fine home displays so far in the season.

Instead of backing the away win, we’ll go with the Under 2.5 goals FT as a somewhat safer option at the higher odds.

Rio Ave vs Sporting CP: Bets

The main betting option will be Under 2.5 goals FT at the odds of 1.80.

Sporting CP Under 1.5 Team Goals is paid at the odds of 2.00.

All Odds courtesy of 888Sport