Tough visit for Benfica who, despite having won every game so far, in comfortable fashion,
but they still haven’t had a real test so far, so we still don’t know how they will handle these harder matches.
That will be the case here in Vlia do Conde, even because it is a stadium where Benfica tends to struggle really. On the last two seasons, they have won by a 1-goal margin, and in 2014/2015 they have lost.
To their convincing wins, against Braga and Belenenses, Benfica has added another one, but a more hard-earned one, away against Chaves, despite being superior for most of the match.
The team has relied on their offensive double, since Jonas and Seferovic seem to have acquired chemistry almost instantaneously, being capable of producing goals in every match so far.
But it is Benfica’s midfield sector that stands out and shows more dominance.
Pizzi has started the season on a high note, with Fejsa or Filipe Augusto being good partners for the Portuguese international. Salvio and Franco Cerví, down the wings, offer great stability to the squad.
On defence we have the biggest weakness of this team, with Jardel and Bruno Varela still needing more time in order to become more confident and have the winning mentality.
Rio Ave is one of the 4 teams that has always won so far in the Liga NOS. Miguel Cardoso hasn’t been able to put the team playing his desired style yet, but he is getting some decent results already.
If they appear to have a lot more power on the creative chapter, with Francisco Geraldes and Rúben Ribeiro, it has been the intensity of Óscar Barreto and the finishing of Geraldes that have given a stronger contribution to these wins.
Rio Ave vs Benfica Betting Tip:
Looking to their head-to-head results at Vila do Conde in recent years, the low-scoring trend seems to be the way to approach this match.
Which also happened on Benfica’s last away match against Chaves, where they only won 1-0.
But we should also highlight that we are upon teams that are still a work in progress, so mistakes can happen at any time.
|Under 2.5 golos||