Rio Ave vs Benfica – Taça de Portugal: The encounter between Rio Ave and SL Benfica is the more interesting match
Of the round of 16 of the Portuguese cup. In Vila do Conde, the Eagles will have a tough task against one of the more competitive teams of Liga NOS.
The responsibility of Rui Vitória’s team has grown with the failure on the European competitions.
Being able to obtain good results on the domestic competitions, such as Taça de Portugal, is now their duty.
These two aspects will mean Benfica won’t make a lot of changes on their starting line-up. The same should happen with Rio Ave.
Their objectives on the season is achieving some brilliance in one of the two cup competitions, while looking to qualify for the Europa League in Liga NOS.
Besides that, Miguel Cardoso has been elevating Vila do Conde to the place where good football is played in Portugal.
It is a team filled with a series of players that have been making great season, on a dynamic prepared by a manager that is making, this season, his debut as manager in Liga NOS.
The immense quality of their game is born on a midfield where Rúben Ribeiro has been the main reference, always well supported by Óscar Barreto, Francisco Geraldes or João Novais.
The team presents good quality off the ball, which means they can create the Eagles some troubles, especially since they have already tied with them this season.
Rio Ave vs Benfica – Betting Tip and Prediction:
Benfica needs to adjust their moment off the ball, especially against teams that have a strong collective and passing quality.
That’s one of the difficulties they will find, maybe a bit more relaxed because Rio Ave lack a reference in the box.
With the selection probably continuing to be Jonas as striker, Krovinovic, on his return to his former club, will have an important role in the creation of goal chances.
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