Rio Ave vs Benfica – Rio Ave will be looking for a repetition of their previous performance after defeating Santa Clara 0-2 in the Primeira Liga.
Rio Ave had a 60% possession rate and 8 of their 17 shots on goal during that contest were successful. Leonardo Acevedo (73′) was the lone player for Rio Ave to register a goal.
Santa Clara had nine efforts at goal at the other end with one being successful. Santa Clara got an own goal through talo (51′). The high percentage of scores with a nil in them is a recurring feature of recent Rio Ave events.
If we look at their previous six games, up to five of them would have resulted in a loss for a bet on “Both Teams to Score.”
In their previous 13 league games, Rio Ave has not defeated Benfica, according to their prior performance. They are undefeated in their last three home league games and will undoubtedly be desperate to stop that streak.
After defeating Vitória Guimares by a score of 5-1 in their previous encounter in the Primeira Liga, Benfica enters this contest on a winning streak.
In that game, Benfica had 59% of the control and 5 of their 12 shots on goal were successful. Gonçalo Ramos (12′), Joo Mário (28′, 35′), and António Silva (89′) scored goals for Benfica.
Vitória Guimares made 6 efforts at goal, scoring on 4. Vitória Guimares scored goals through Dani Silva (68′ Own Goal) and André Silva (78′).
Benfica’s forward play has recently taken center stage, and as a result, they have scored an abundance of goals in their last six games. (20 to be precise).
They now have a fantastic mean average of 3.33 goals tallied per game for this period as a result. Leaving that aside, only time will tell if the pattern continues in this next game.
Benfica hasn’t lost to Rio Ave on the road against them in the previous six league games, according to the form guide going into this encounter. With five straight victories in the league, traveling supporters have plenty to celebrate.
Rio Ave vs Benfica – Betting Analysis
A quick review of previous results between these clubs dating back to May 12, 2019, reveals that Rio Ave has experienced defeat in these games.
They haven’t been able to win any games at all because Benfica has been too strong for them, winning all of the games they’ve played.
Together, they scored 21 goals during this time, with Rio Grande scoring 5, and Benfica scoring 16. 3.5 goals have been scored on average per contest.
The teams’ most recent league encounter occurred on Match Day 9 of the Primeira Liga on October 8, 2022, with Benfica defeating Rio Ave 4–2.
In that game, Benfica had 66% of the control and 31 shots, 10 of which were on goal. Gonçalo Ramos (12′, 45′) and Petar Musa (61′) scored the goals.
Rio Ave made 8 efforts at goal at the other end, scoring 3 goals. Jhonatan (18′ Own Goal), Guga (85′), and Fábio Ronaldo all tallied. Manuel Oliveira served as the umpire for the game.
From a nearly full-strength group of players, Luis Freire, the manager of Rio Ave, only has one fitness worry. Joca is out with a knee injury.
Jhonatan, Patrick William, Aderllan Santos, Renato Pantalon, Costinha, Joo Graça, G. Rodrigues Guga, Vitor Gomes, Fábio Ronaldo, André Pereira, and Emmanuel Boateng could all likely start for Rio Grande in a 3-5-2 formation.
Roger Schmidt, the boss of Benfica, must make decisions from a group that has some fitness issues. There won’t be any on-field action for Julian Draxler (ankle surgery), Gonçalo Guedes (meniscal injury), or Mihailo Risti (hamstring injury).
By removing Odisseas Vlachodimos, Alexander Bah, Nicolas Otamendi, António Silva, Alejandro Grimaldo, Chiquinho, Florentino Luis, Joao Mario, Rafa Silva, David Neres Campos, and Goncalo Ramos, we think Benfica is more likely to play in a 4-2-3-1 formation.
Rio Ave can definitely score against this Benfica lineup, but even that won’t likely stop them from giving up a few goals down the other end.
What are the top odds for this match?
Looking at the betting prices for the match on the win-draw-win market, a victory for Rio Ave can be had for 9, a bet on the game finishing all-square is 5.25 and taking a punt on a victory for Benfica can get you 1.36. These are the top prices being offered right now.
Rio Ave vs Benfica – Head -to- Head
Our Prediction: Away Win