Primeira Liga match preview: Rio Ave believed to be the weaker party when Benfica pays a visit

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Competition: Portugal Primeira Liga
Competition: Sun 18.October
Match begins: 19:00 (UTC)
Venue: Estádio do Rio Ave Futebol Clube (9065 seats)

The Primeira Liga season is still fresh and sports bettors should be cautious. This meeting between Rio Ave and Benfica promises to be an interesting one.

We should expect both teams to be fresh and ready for this match, as there is some time since both teams last played. Let's have a look at how the teams are doing!

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Rio Ave form and stats

The first Primeira Liga game here at Estádio do Rio Ave Futebol Clube resulted in a draw. Last season Rio Ave's home game statistics were 6 victories, 6 draws and 5 defeats from 17 games. The last three games played by Rio, regardless of arena, have all ended draws.

Rio Ave drew their last game, 1-1 away at Famalicão (placed 11th). In the match before that, Rio Ave hosted Milan (after extra-time, 8-9 on penalties) and drew the Europa League game 2-2.

At Estádio do Rio Ave Futebol Clube, Rio Ave has the goal stats of 0-0 (for/against) from 1 league fixture.

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Benfica form and stats

Only one away game in the Primeira Liga so far for Benfica and it resulted in three points. Last season the statistics for their away games were 12 victories, 3 draws and 2 losses from 17 travels.

Benfica won their last game, 3-2 versus Farense played at home. Before that, Benfica secured a home win against Moreirense with the score 2-0.

Benfica goalie Odysseas Vlachodimos was high and low in the Farense game, contributing seven saves towards the victory. World class coaching! That was the thoughts of manager J. Pinheiro de Jesus when Haris Seferović scored the winning goal after coming on as a substitute in the 55th minute.

The visitors will be packing their bags again in only four days as another away game awaits: The Europa League trip to Lech Poznan.

5 goals so far away for Benfica, while their defence has allowed the opposition to score 1. All from 1 league match away.

Head 2 Head

Head-to-head totals (for the last ten meetings): Rio won one game, one match ended with a draw and Benfica has eight wins. Over 2,5 goals / under 2,5 goals: seven / three

Top Goalscorers

BenficaH. Seferović
H. Seferović
3 goals
BenficaG. Waldschmidt
G. Waldschmidt
2 goals
RioA. de Jesus Santos
A. de Jesus Santos
1 goals

Rio Ave missing players

Benfica missing players

Rio Ave Benfica
Total Home vs top Statistics Stat vs low Away Total
3 1 0 Played P 0 1 3
0 0 0 Won W 0 1 3
3 1 0 Drew D 0 0 0
0 0 0 Lost L 0 0 0
2 0 0 Scored S 0 5 10
2 0 0 Conceded C 0 1 3
67% 0% 0% Over 0.5 O 0.5 0% 100% 100%
67% 0% 0% Over 1.5 O 1.5 0% 100% 100%
0% 0% 0% Over 2.5 O 2.5 0% 100% 67%
0% 0% 0% Over 3.5 O 3.5 0% 100% 67%
0% 0% 0% Over 4.5 O 4.5 0% 100% 67%
67% 0% 0% BTTS BTTS 0% 100% 67%
33% 100% 0% Clean Sheets C S 0% 0% 33%
33% 100% 0% Failed to Score F T 0% 0% 0%
 
0 0 0 Corners for (avg) C F 0 0 0
0 0 0 Corners against (avg) C A 0 0 0
0.7 2 0 Yellow cards (avg) Y C 0 2 2.3
0 0 0 Red cards R C 0 0 0
 
35 7 0 Total Shots T S 0 14 55
11 3 0 Shots on Target S O 0 7 24
18% 0% 0% Goal Efficiency G E 0% 71% 42%
Key stats in Primeira Liga this season:
  • Benfica has the the best goal difference (+7) in Primeira Liga
  • Benfica is in the best form (3-0-0)
Rio Ave Last season Benfica
Total Home   Statistics Stat   Away Total
34 17   Played P   17 34
15 6   Won W   12 24
10 6   Drew D   3 5
9 5   Lost L   2 5
48 27   Scored S   33 71
36 23   Conceded C   13 26
91% 94%   Over 0.5 O 0.5   100% 97%
68% 71%   Over 1.5 O 1.5   82% 82%
38% 47%   Over 2.5 O 2.5   47% 50%
24% 35%   Over 3.5 O 3.5   29% 35%
15% 24%   Over 4.5 O 4.5   12% 15%
50% 65%   BTTS BTTS   47% 41%
32% 24%   Clean Sheets C S   47% 50%
26% 18%   Failed to Score F T   6% 12%
 
0 0   Corners for (avg) C F   0 0
0 0   Corners against (avg) C A   0 0
2.1 2.1   Yellow cards (avg) Y C   2.3 2.1
7 6   Red cards R C   0 2
 
372 207   Total Shots T S   245 531
117 68   Shots on Target S O   86 186
41% 40%   Goal Efficiency G E   38% 38%

  Total Home Away  
# Team MP W D L F A MP W D L F A MP W D L F A +/- P
1 Benfica 3 3 0 0 10 3 2 2 0 0 5 2 1 1 0 0 5 1 7 9
2 Santa Clara 3 2 1 0 3 0 2 1 1 0 2 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 3 7
3 Porto 3 2 0 1 10 4 2 1 0 1 5 4 1 1 0 0 5 0 6 6
4 Sporting CP 2 2 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 0 0 4 0 4 6
5 Maritimo 3 2 0 1 5 5 1 1 0 0 2 1 2 1 0 1 3 4 0 6
6 Nacional 3 1 2 0 4 3 2 0 2 0 3 3 1 1 0 0 1 0 1 5
7 Gil Vicente 2 1 1 0 1 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 4
8 Moreirense 3 1 1 1 3 3 2 1 1 0 3 1 1 0 0 1 0 2 0 4
9 Belenenses 3 1 1 1 2 2 1 0 0 1 1 2 2 1 1 0 1 0 0 4
10 Vitoria Guimaraes 3 1 1 1 1 1 2 1 0 1 1 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 4
11 Famalicão 3 1 1 1 4 7 2 0 1 1 2 6 1 1 0 0 2 1 -3 4
12 Sporting Braga 3 1 0 2 5 4 1 0 0 1 0 1 2 1 0 1 5 3 1 3
13 Rio Ave 3 0 3 0 2 2 1 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 2 0 2 2 0 3
14 Boavista 3 0 2 1 4 9 1 0 0 1 0 5 2 0 2 0 4 4 -5 2
15 Paços de Ferreira 3 0 1 2 1 4 1 0 0 1 0 2 2 0 1 1 1 2 -3 1
16 Portimonense 3 0 1 2 1 4 2 0 1 1 1 3 1 0 0 1 0 1 -3 1
17 Tondela 3 0 1 2 2 7 2 0 1 1 1 5 1 0 0 1 1 2 -5 1
18 Farense 3 0 0 3 2 6 1 0 0 1 0 1 2 0 0 2 2 5 -4 0
Last season Total Home Away  
# Team MP W D L F A MP W D L F A MP W D L F A +/- P
1 Porto 34 26 4 4 74 22 17 15 1 1 44 7 17 11 3 3 30 15 52 82
2 Benfica 34 24 5 5 71 26 17 12 2 3 38 13 17 12 3 2 33 13 45 77
3 Sporting Braga 34 18 6 10 61 40 17 10 4 3 32 20 17 8 2 7 29 20 21 60
4 Sporting CP 34 18 6 10 49 34 17 12 1 4 25 13 17 6 5 6 24 21 15 60
5 Rio Ave 34 15 10 9 48 36 17 6 6 5 27 23 17 9 4 4 21 13 12 55
6 Famalicão 34 14 12 8 53 51 17 7 6 4 28 26 17 7 6 4 25 25 2 54
7 Vitoria Guimaraes 34 13 11 10 53 38 17 8 4 5 27 15 17 5 7 5 26 23 15 50
8 Moreirense 34 10 13 11 42 44 17 6 6 5 23 20 17 4 7 6 19 24 -2 43
9 Gil Vicente 34 11 10 13 40 44 17 7 7 3 26 21 17 4 3 10 14 23 -4 43
10 Santa Clara 34 11 10 13 36 41 17 6 4 7 18 21 17 5 6 6 18 20 -5 43
11 Maritimo 34 9 12 13 34 42 17 5 8 4 24 21 17 4 4 9 10 21 -8 39
12 Boavista 34 10 9 15 28 39 17 5 4 8 15 18 17 5 5 7 13 21 -11 39
13 Paços de Ferreira 34 11 6 17 36 52 17 6 2 9 15 22 17 5 4 8 21 30 -16 39
14 Tondela 34 9 9 16 30 44 17 3 5 9 12 22 17 6 4 7 18 22 -14 36
15 Belenenses 34 9 8 17 27 54 17 5 4 8 13 25 17 4 4 9 14 29 -27 35
16 Vitoria Setubal 34 7 13 14 27 43 17 4 7 6 15 20 17 3 6 8 12 23 -16 34
17 Portimonense 34 7 12 15 30 45 17 5 7 5 18 18 17 2 5 10 12 27 -15 33
18 Desportivo Aves 34 5 2 27 24 68 17 4 1 12 12 26 17 1 1 15 12 42 -44 17

Read more about Primeira Liga

The Primeira Liga, also known as Liga NOS, is the top level of football in Portugal. It has 18 teams each playing 34 fixtures to decide the final league table. Portuguese football is dominated by “The Big Three”: Benfica, Porto and Sporting CP (Lisbon). These three clubs generally end up in the top three positions.