Setubal vs Rio Ave
Porrtuguese Primeira Liga
Date: Saturday, 18 May 2019
Kick-Off 15:30 UK / 16:30 CET
Venue: Estadio do Bonfim (Setubal).
Rio Ave had an underwhelming campaign they will likely forger very soon as the team failed to be competitive in the battle for the top-five finish in Primeira Liga. Vilacondenses secured the Europa League football last season, but they are nowhere near such accomplishment this time around. Daniel Ramos’ men sit at the 9th place in the league ladder. Can they at least finish the season on a high and stay in the top-half of the ladder after Saturday’s last round fixture against Vitoria Setubal away at Estadio do Bonfim?
The hosts sit five points below 9th-placed Rio Ave. It can be regarded as a decent campaign for Sandro Mendes and his men as team’s main pre-season goal was avoiding the relegation to Segunda Liga football. Setubal ended a four-game winless streak last weekend when they saw off relegation-threatened Chaves 1-2 on the road. Allef and Frederic Mendy were goal-scorers for Mendes’ squad on the occasion.
Setubal vs Rio Ave: Head-to-head
Rio Ave lead the head to head tie by 9 wins coming into 39th encounter with Vitoria Setubal.
Teams shared spoils in a 1-1 draw when they last met each other in late-January this year.
Only one of past five head to head affairs saw three or more goals scored.
Interestingly, Setubal were much more successful in home clashes with Rio Ave (10 wins, 4 draws and 4 defeats) even though they trail by nine wins in the overall head to head record.
Setubal vs Rio Ave: Prediction
The visitors head into the match as the form favourites. They enjoyed a streak of three wins and a draw before last weekend’s narrow 2-3 home loss to title chasers Benfica. Vilacondenses thus bagged at least two goals in each of last five games in Primeira Liga. Can they make it five such affairs on the spin here at Estadio do Bonfim?
Setubal were generally a tough nut to crack for most of the teams in the league in their own backyard (defensively), but they did suffer a tough 0-3 loss to Boavista in the previous home fixture. Knowing about Rio Ave’s impressive attacking form in recent weeks, we find the value in backing the visitors to leave Setubal unbeaten at 1.57 odds.
Setubal vs Rio Ave: Bet Tips
Draw or Rio Ave @ 1.57 (4/7)
Rio Ave Over 1.5 Team Goals @ 2.50 (6/4).