Sporting CP vs Rio Ave
Portugal – Primeira Liga
Date: Sunday, 18 March 2018
Kick-Off at 20:15 UK
Venue: Estadio Jose Alvalade (Lisbon).
Sporting Lisbon have almost dropped out a two-goal cushion in the reverse fixture of their Europa League tie with Viktoria Plzen on Thursday evening. The Lions were forced into extra-time where they’ve eventually managed to score a goal to book their place in the quarterfinal of the continental competition. Jorge Jesus+’ men could have solved everything much earlier, but their star man Bas Dost has failed to convert the penalty. The hero’s name is Rodrigo Battaglia who bagged the lone goal late in the first extra-time period to send his team into the next round of the competition.
The Lions will be back to domestic affairs just three days later when they host Rio Ave in a tough Primeira Liga game. The hosts are desperate to snatch the victory given that they are five points away of Porto at the very top of the standing and three behind bitter city rivals Benfica in the battle for the second place and the Champions League football next term.
This is why Jesus’ side should really not afford a slip-up here. The good news for the Lions is that Rio Grande have been struggling badly on travels in this term of Primeira Liga. Miguel Cardoso’s men have lost four on the bounce away from their Estadio do Rio Ave Futebol Clube being super easy to break down in the process. The visitors have shipped four or more goals on three occasions in last four games on the road.
This will clearly be the music to the ears of Bas Dost who is looking to find the wanted shape after coming back from the injury.
Sporting CP vs Rio Ave: Head-to-head
Sporting have completely dominated this match-up in clashes at Estadio Jose Alvalade.
The Lions have won 12 and lost just 1 of 17 home ties against Rio Grande.
Sporting Lisbon have won six of last eight meetings with Rio Ave.
Sporting CP vs Rio Ave: Prediction
The hosts are massive favourites because of Rio Ave’s dreadful run of form on travels and we’ll back the Lisbon side to win by two or more goals as the main betting option at the odds of 1.95.
Alternatively, Bas Dost to score anytime is paid at 1.80.
Sporting CP vs Rio Ave: Bet Tips
Sporting CP -1.5 handicap @ 1.95
Bas Dost to score anytime @ 1.80