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Rio Ave vs Benfica Predictions

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Portugal Primeira | Estadio do Rio Ave Futebol Clube | 17th June
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Rio Ave
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KO 21:15
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Benfica
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Rio Ave vs Benfica predictions for Wednesday’s match in the Primeira Liga. Rio Ave hope to become the fifth straight team to take points from Benfica in the Primeira Liga this Wednesday. Read on for all our free predictions and betting tips.

Predictions & Tips

We use stars to rate our confidence in our tips, with 3 being most confident to 1 being the least.
Both Teams To Score @ 3/4

We use stars to rate our confidence in our tips, with 3 being most confident to 1 being the least.
Benfica 2-1 @ 15/2

Reason For Rio Ave vs Benfica Predictions

  • Both teams have scored in four of Benfica’s last five matches.
  • Both teams have scored in four of Rio Ave’s last six matches.
  • Benfica have won each of their last six matches against Rio Ave.
  • Benfica score an average of 2.08 goals per away game.

Benfica lost the top spot to Porto last time out

A solitary spot-kick from Taremi proved enough for Rio Ave to earn all 3pts from their trip to Moreirense on Friday night, while Benfica were held to a fifth straight draw in all competitions as they failed to beat second from bottom Portimonense. Pizzi and Almeida scored first-half goals to seemingly secure all 3pts for Benfica only for struggling Portimonense to net twice in the second half and salvage a point.

Benfica should be confident of making a return to winning ways on Wednesday night as they have won each of their last six matches against Rio Ave. However, it is the home side that claim the title of form favourites having won two, drawn three and lost one of their last six matches, suggesting that Benfica will have to work hard to win this game.

Rio Ave have proven tricky to beat in 2020

The hosts have only lost three games this year but two of those defeats arrived in their own backyard, while Benfica are unbeaten in their last six matches, despite only securing one win during that period. Our prediction for both teams to score on Wednesday night is based on the fact that both teams have scored in four of Benfica’s last five matches as well as four of Rio Ave’s last six outings. Six of the duos’ last seven meetings in all competitions have also ended with both teams scoring.

Benfica score an average of 2.08 goals per away game while Rio Ave score an average of 1.35 goals per home game, making our prediction for a 2-1 final score in favour of the visitors look more than possible. Benfica only concede an average of 0.62 goals per away game but have only kept one clean sheet in their last five attempts.

Benfica aren’t looking at their best right now

The visitors might not be at their best right now but history suggests that Benfica will win on Wednesday. Rio Ave are in decent form and aren’t easy to beat hence our narrow final scoreline prediction of two goals to one. Benfica could move back to the top of the table with a win but their recent form suggests that Wednesday’s clash is going to be very close and competitive throughout.


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