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Benfica vs Rio Ave Predictions & Tips - Benfica to win to nil in Lisbon

  • Benfica vs Rio Ave predictions for Monday’s Primeira Liga match
  • The game is being played at 7pm GMT at Estadio da Luz
  • Benfica have won their last 8 matches against Rio Ave
  • I am backing Benfica to win to nil in Lisbon
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Eddy Tora 27 Feb 2021
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Benfica vs Rio Ave Predictions


Benfica are playing below their best and costly to follow. Regardless, they do their best work at home in the Primeira Liga where they can win to nil against a Rio Ave side struggling to create chances.

  • Benfica have won 10 of their last 13 home matches (Primeira Liga).
  • Benfica have kept 3 clean sheets in their last 4 home matches (Primeira Liga).
  • Benfica have won their last 8 matches against Rio Ave (all competitions).
  • Rio Ave have lost 4 of their last 6 away matches (Primeira Liga).
  • Rio Ave have failed to score in 5 of their last 7 away matches (Primeira Liga).

Head to Head


Benfica have a 35-4 advantage against Rio Ave with 8 draws in 47 matches.

Benfica have won the last eight encounters including 3-0 in Vila do Conde in October.

Benfica Form


Benfica find themselves 15 points behind Sporting CP in the Primeira Liga. The Eagles have been below their best in recent weeks, winning 3 of their last 12 matches in all competitions.

Jorge Jesus’ side drew 1-1 at Moreirense before a 1-1 against Arsenal in the UEFA Europa League round of 32 first leg. Pizzi opened the scoring in Rome but they couldn’t hold on.

Benfica returned to Portugal with a 0-0 draw at Farense. They dominated the game, a disappointing result after having 66% possession, 15-8 shots and Pizzi hitting the woodwork.

Benfica were knocked out of the Europa League after a 3-2 defeat to Arsenal in Greece. Goals to Diogo Gonçalves and Rafa Silva overturned an early deficit, but they conceded twice when a draw would have secured progression.

Benfica Injuries & Team News


Benfica are missing injured centre back Jardel and right back André Almeida.

Expect to see some changes here with Gabriel Pires and Darwin Núñez set to start.

Rio Ave Form


Rio Ave have seen an upturn in form since Miguel Cardoso took over in late January. Despite struggling to create chances they have picked up 7 points in their last four matches.

Cardoso’s first game in charge was a 2-0 defeat at Porto. The Vilacondenses then drew 0-0 against Nacional before a 2-1 win against Tondela and 3-1 victory at Vitoria Guimaraes.

Rio Ave’s last match was a 1-0 defeat against Famalicao. Nélson Monte was sent off in the 29th minute and they suffered as a result, managing just one shot on target.

Rio Ave Injuries & Team News


Rio Ave right back Junio is injured and Nélson Monte is suspended. Left back Fábio Coentrão could return to the starting side here.

Defensive midfielder Nikola Jambor and striker André Pereira are injured.

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Verdict

Benfica can bounce back at home and win to nil against Rio Ave.

Best Bet: Benfica Win To Nil Win To Nil @140.00 at BetMGM - 2 Units

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