Rio Ave – Benfica : Preview & Prediction
Rio Ave and Benfica face each other at the Estádio do Rio Ave Futebol Clube in a game for this phase of the Portuguese Cup (Round of 16). The history of direct matches played at this stage favors the visiting team, which in the last 5 games has won 3, drawn 1 and lost 1. However, in the last match at this stadium in a match for the Primera Liga on 26-08-2017, was not beyond a draw by (1-1). The goals of the game were scored by L. López (61 ‘Autogolo) for Rio Ave and Jonas (67′) for Benfica. In this match the house factor could play a decisive role, as Benfica has shown differences in performance in their games at home and as a visitor.
Analysis of Rio Ave
To reach this phase of the Portuguese Cup (Round of 16), the home team had to eliminate Braga and Sanjoanense. This is a team that maintains the income when it plays outside its stadium, because in the last 30 games it registers 7 wins, 3 draws and 5 losses as a visitor; against 9 wins, 1 draw and 5 losses in his stadium. The team arrives at this meeting after a home win with Moreirense by (2-1). In the last 10 home games for all competitions, Rio Ave won 6, drew 1 and lost 3. Defensive solidity has not been their strong point as they conceded goals in 7 of the last 10 games but their attack has scored regularly, having scored goals in 7 of the last 10 games.
Rio Ave arrives at this game with a 2-1 victory over Moreirense, adding the second triumph followed, both for the Portuguese championship: João Novais had an inspired night and scored both goals of the team. Usually coach Miguel Cardoso draws the team in 4-2-3-1 benefiting possession of the ball and organized attacks: Guedes is usually the most advanced man in the village-condense scheme. In addition, this player is Rio Ave’s top scorer with 4 goals scored. It seems that the coach of the house counts on all its players.
Analysis of Benfica
To reach this phase of the Portuguese Cup (Round of 16), the visiting team had to eliminate: Vitória de Setúbal and Olhanense. This is a stronger team when you play in your stadium, because in the last 30 games you have 5 wins, 4 draws and 6 losses as a visitor; against 10 wins, 1 draw and 4 losses in his stadium. The team arrives at this meeting after a home win with Estoril by (3-1). In the last 10 matches played for all competitions, Benfica won 3, drew 3 and lost 4. In 11 games, he suffered the first goal 4 times and never managed to return to the result. In the last 6 away games for all competitions there are 2 periods that stand out: scored 3 of his 6 goals in the minutes (76’-90 ‘); suffered 3 of his 6 goals in the minutes (76’-90 ‘).
Benfica start their motivated journey after returning home to triumph at home to Estoril 3-1: Salvio, Jonas and Krovinovic scored. In this game against the River Ave the eagles must opt for a more cautious strategy, leaving to the attack through fast transitions, exploring of the best the successive defensive failures of the adversary. Jonas is one of the players that deserves attention in Benfica, being this athlete the best scorer with 16 goals. For this game, Commander Rui Vitória can count on all his players.
Rio Ave – Benfica : Betting Tips
Benfica – Win Odds: 1.55
Both teams to score / YES – Odds: 1.70
Over 2.5 Goals – Odds: 1.70