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Rio Ave vs Tondela Predictions

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Tip Reasoning

These two teams are separated by five points and four positions in the Primeira Liga table and its Friday’s hosts Rio Ave who occupy a comfortable mid table place, eight points above the drop zone. Tondela have just a three point cushion above the relegation zone after failing to win any of their last three Primeira Liga matches.

Rio Ave travelled to in form Maritimo on Monday night and came hope with an impressive three points. A very evenly matched forty-five minutes saw the teams head in goalless at the break, but the visitors broke the deadlock just seven minutes into the second half through Diego Lopes. Maritimo always looked a threat, but Rio Ave defended manfully and were rewarded with a stoppage time penalty which João Schmidt converted to wrap up all three points.

The first half for Tondela against Aves didn’t go according to play as they lost David Bruno to injury and then saw Jorge Fernandes sent-off, all of which handed the initiative to their guests in the second half. The breakthrough didn’t arrive until the fifty-eight minute for Aves, taking the lead through Ponck. A seventy-third minute effort from Baldé ended any faint hopes the home side had of a comeback and wrapped up an crucial three points for the relegation battlers.

Tondela might head into Friday’s game as the form favourites after winning three, drawing one, and losing two of their last six matches, but those wins feel a long time ago as the visitors last three results have produced a total of just one point. With three of the last six meetings between Rio Ave and Tondela producing under 2.5 goals, we can see Friday’s game following a similar pattern due to both teams involvement in the ongoing relegation battle. Four of Rio Ave’s last six matches have produced under 2.5 goals, which includes each of their last three results. The hosts picked up an important twin and kept their second clean sheet on the run last time out, which should give them the edge over a Tondela side that have lost two and drawn one of their last three matches.

Carlos top scores for Rio Ave with eight Primeira Liga goals this season, and if anyone was going to produce the winning goal for the hosts on Friday then our money would be on the Brazilian. Tómané has impressed for the visitors with seven league goals so far this season, has proved himself to be a match winner for Tondela and the man that could lead them to safety.

We’re confident that under 2.5 goals will be scored in Friday’s game, and have backed Rio Ave to claim a narrow 1-0 win. The hosts won last time out and are unbeaten in their last three matches. Tondela’s winning run has come to an abrupt end and the visitors have now gone three games without a victory, a run we expect to continue on Friday.

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