Santa Clara vs Rio Ave Prediction & Match Preview

Santa Clara vs Rio Ave
Portuguese Primeira Liga
Date: Saturday, 22 September 2018
Kick-Off at 16:30 UK / 17:30 CET
Venue: Estadio de Sao Miguel (Ponta Delgada).

Portuguese Primeira Liga is back in action after a three-week break as Santa Clara will be looking to back up a thrilling showing from the 4-2 victory over Boavista in the previous round. It was team’s maiden victory since 2003 when they last featured the top flight.

$80 Bet Bonus
100% Bonus on first deposit upto $80/€60. And get Stake Refunded if one of the bets in your accumulator loses. New Customers Only. Min Deposit $1/€1.
Claim Bonus Now
$200 Free Bet
Kick off your Spin Palace Sports experience with the 100% matched bet up to a total of $200. New Customers Only. Min Deposit 10$/€10.
Claim Bonus Now


Os Acoreanos are going into this unbeaten in three. However, they have been fairly easy to break down at the start of the season shipping as many as seven goals in past three outings. It’s way too many if we know they grabbed five points from these ties.

Rio Ave began with a disappointing 2-0 loss to Feirense away from home. They bounced back instantly, though, winning two and drawing one of following three games to climb up to seventh place in the league ladder.

Santa Clara vs Rio Ave: Head-to-head

The two sides will meet each other for the first time since 2016 when Santa Clara eliminated Vilacondenses from Taca da Portugal (1-1, on penalties).

Interestingly, Os Acoreanos have a positive head to head record against Rio Ave (five wins and three defeats in ten games).

Trips to Estadio de Sao Miguel have never gone well for Rio Ave who lost four and drew one of five matches there.

None of past five head to head affairs saw three or more goals scored.

Santa Clara vs Rio Ave: Prediction

Joao Henriques will hardly see defensive improvements form his men here given Rio Ave have been quite prolific up front in recent games.

However, the hosts will rely on the red-hot attacking line which bagged nine goals in past three league games. Midfielders Osama Rashid and Thiago Santana notched two goals apiece after four rounds for Santa Clara and they’ll represent the biggest threat to Rio Ave’s goal on the occasion.

Since the visitors also played attacking football at the beginning of the new campaign, we just have to take the BTTS option at the odds of 1.80 here.

The value is with Santa Clara to keep the splendid attacking form going and bag two or more goals at the 2.40 odds.

Santa Clara vs Rio Ave: Bet Tips

• BTTS @ 1.80 (4/5)

• Santa Clara Over 1.5 Team Goals @ 2.40 (7/5).

Bet £10, Get £30 In Free Bets!
Minimum deposit of £10 using deposit code 30fb - A qualifying bet is a ‘real money’ stake of at least £10 placed on any sports market - New customers only, Free bet stakes not included in returns, Deposit method and withdrawal restrictions apply.
Claim Bonus Now
Bet £10, Get £30 In Free Bets
New William Hill online customers only. Min. unit stake of £10/€10 at odds of 1/2 or greater. Only the “win” part from EW bets will count. Free bet terms, payment method & country restrictions apply. Free bets credited as 3 x £10/€10. Free bet stakes are not returned as part of the settlement of successful free bets. All Free Bets must be wagered within 30 days.
Claim Bonus Now
£75 Sports Welcome Bonus
New to Sports? Join Jetbull today and when you make your first deposit, and get 50% of the deposited amount, up to £75 (or account currency equivalent of £75), to your account! Min Deposit £10.
Claim Bonus Now