Sporting Lisbon vs Rio Ave
Portugal Primeira Liga
Date: Friday, 15 January 2021
Kick-Off at 18.30 UK
Venue: Estadio Jose Alvelade, Lisbon.
Recent loss in Taca de Portugal to Maritimo was surely unexpected for Sporting Lisbon, but won’t be taken as a tragedy. Team’s main goal for the season is to win the domestic title and so far they have done one hell of a work.
The Golden Lions are 1st placed team after collecting 35 out of possible 39 points so far. They will also open the 14th round on Friday night at Estadio Jose Alvelade against 9th placed Rio Ave.
As expected, hosts are labelled as big favorites for the win, currently priced at solid 1.44 rate. That does sounds like great banker opportunity considering Rio Ave’s recent form. Visitors were defeated in three out of last four domestic outings.
Sporting vs Rio Ave Head-to-head
Rio Ave have caused massive problems for Sporting Lisbon in the previous season. Shockingly, Rio Ave won two out of three head to head encounters against this opponent.
All-time stats are not going in their favour though, managing to win only seven games in 44 attempts, while getting defeated in 27 occasions.
The last six head to head meetings between these rivals ended Over 2.5 goals or with both teams scoring at least once.
Sporting vs Rio Ave Prediction
Home head manager Emanuel Ferro has no reason to complain about any segment of Sporting’s form so far. They have the best defensive stats in the league, conceding only eight goals so far.
Front line has been productive as well, bagging 30 goals. Only Porto FC scored more goals than Sporting Lisbon. Stats at this stadium are almost perfect, having five wins, one draw and 14-4 goal difference.
Once again, all eyes will be pointed at direction of young rising star Pedro Goncalves who scored 11 goals in 12 appearances.
We have no doubt Sporting will win this game. They have to take advantage of the fact nearest teams on the table Porto and Benfica are playing big derby match.
Three points here would surely get more breathing space for the Lions. Rio Ave in bad shape lately, so more adventurous punters can try with home win HT and FT at 2.25.
Sporting vs Rio Ave Betting Tips
Sporting Lisbon to win HT-FT @ 2.25
Home win to nil’ @ 2.25.