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Arouca vs Rio Ave Predictions & Tips - Under 2.5 Goals in the Primeira Liga Play-Offs

  • Arouca vs Rio Ave predictions for Wednesday’s Primeira Liga Play-Off
  • The match is being played at 9.45pm BST at Estádio Municipal de Arouca
  • Rio Ave have seen under 2.5 goals in 12 of their last 15 matches
  • I am backing under 2.5 goals and a draw in Portugal
  • Preview, predictions, stats & team news
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Rio Ave have drawn 6 of their last 12 matches (Getty Images)
Mat Marshall 25 May 2021
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Arouca vs Rio Ave Predictions


Arouca finished the Segunda Division with nine straight wins. Rio Ave had a poor season in the Primeira Liga where they scored just 25 goals.

I am backing under 2.5 goals with Rio Ave happy to leave Arouca with a draw.

  • Arouca have won their last 9 matches (Segunda Liga).
  • Arouca have won to nil in 6 of their last 9 matches (Segunda Liga).
  • Arouca are undefeated in 9 of their last 10 home matches (Segunda Liga).
  • Arouca have seen under 2.5 goals in their last 5 matches against Rio Ave (all competitions).
  • Rio Ave have drawn 6 of their last 12 matches (Primeira Liga).
  • Rio Ave have failed to score in 8 of their last 11 matches (Primeira Liga).
  • Rio Ave have seen under 2.5 goals in 12 of their last 15 matches (Primeira Liga).

Head to Head


Arouca have a 4-3 advantage against Rio Ave with 2 draws in 9 matches.

They last met in the 2016/17 Primeira Liga season, Rio Ave winning 2-0 and 3-0.

Arouca Form


Arouca had a tremendous end to the season. They won their last nine matches to surge into the promotion play-off position.

Armando Evangelista’s side have kept six clean sheets in that run.

Arouca’s last match was a 3-1 home win against Chaves. André Silva opened the scoring with Pité scoring twice after half time.

Arouca Injuries & Team News


Arouca have no reported players injured or suspended.

Rio Ave Form


Rio Ave had a horrible finish to the season. They went on an 11 game run without a win which put them at risk of automatic relegation.

Miguel Cardoso’s side lost three in a row before the last game of the season.

Rio Ave travelled to bottom club Nacional and won 2-1 in Madeira. They were 1-0 down at half time, Aderllan Santos equalising and Carlos Mané scoring the winner in added time.

Rio Ave Injuries & Team News


Right back Junio, defensive midfielder Nikola Jambor and striker André Pereira are injured.
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Verdict

Rio Ave will be well aware about the dangers Arouca can pose and will look to keep this tight. I am backing under 2.5 goals with a draw likely in Portugal.

Best Bet: Under 2.5 Goals Total Goals @-142.86 at Unibet - 3 Units
Value Bet: Draw Full Time Result @220.00 at bet365 Sport NJ - 2 Units
Correct Score Tip: 1-1 Draw Correct Score @600.00 at Borgata Sports - 1 Unit

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