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Braga vs Rio Ave Predictions & Tips - Paulinho to inspire Braga to another home win

  • Braga vs Rio Ave predictions for Tuesday’s Primeira Liga match
  • Match is being played at 8.15pm GMT at Estádio Municipal de Braga
  • Braga have won 6 of their last 7 home matches
  • I am backing Braga to keep winning against Rio Ave
  • Read on for more free predictions and betting tips
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Paulinho has scored 5 goals in his last 3 starts for Braga (Getty Images)

Braga vs Rio Ave Predictions


Braga are in fine form, scoring plenty of goals and still alive in four competitions. Rio Ave have the weakest attack in the Primeira Liga and could find it hard to contain Portuguese striker Paulinho.

  • Braga have won 6 of their last 7 home matches (all competitions).
  • Braga have won by 2+ goals in their last 3 matches (all competitions).
  • Braga’s Paulinho has scored 5 goals in his last 3 starts (all competitions).
  • Braga have won their last 2 matches against Rio Ave (Primeira Liga).
  • Rio Ave have failed to score in their last 3 matches (Primeira Liga).

Head to Head


Braga have a 22-15 advantage against Rio Ave with 14 draws in 51 matches. 

Braga won 2-0 at home last season before a surrendering a 2-0 lead in a 4-3 defeat in Vila do Conde.

Braga Form


Braga have won 13 of their last 16 matches in all competitions and are fighting on four fronts. They won 2-0 at home against Zorya in the UEFA Europa League, finishing level with Leicester on 13 points to go through in second spot.

Carlos Carvalhal’s side crushed Olimpico do Montijo 7-0 in the Portuguese Cup. Abel Ruiz, Paulinho, Ricardo Horta, João Novais, Vítor Tormena, Galeno and Iuri Medeiros all scored in a dominant win.

Braga’s last match was a 3-1 home win against Estoril in the Portuguese League Cup quarter-finals. Paulinho hit a hat-trick to continue his impressive form in front of goal. 

Braga Injuries & Team News


Braga left back Francisco Moura is injured alongside striker Rui Fonte.

Paulinho is in great form up front with five goals in his last three starts. He has scored four goals in his last three matches against Rio Ave including the first goal in the last two.

Rio Ave Form


Rio Ave have been hard to beat in the Primeira Liga this season. They have lost twice in nine matches but only scored five goals, the joint lowest in the league.

Mário Silva’s side lost 2-0 at Gil Vicente despite having 68% possession and 12-4 shots. The Vila do Conde side then drew 0-0 at home against Boavista after having 68% possession but failing to create many chances.

Rio Ave’s last match was a 2-1 home win against Famalicão in the Portuguese Cup. Goals to Gelson Dala and Diego Lopes established a 2-0 lead and they held on to reach the round of 16.

Rio Ave Injuries & Team News


Left back Fábio Coentrão and right back Junio are injured.

Striker André Pereira returned from injury off the bench against Famalicão but is unlikely to start in Braga.

Braga vs Rio Ave Tips

What is the Braga vs Rio Ave best bet?

Braga have won 6 of their last 7 home matches and Rio Ave have failed to score in their last 3 Primeira Liga matches. Brage to win is the best bet.

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Verdict

Braga are in great form and can beat a Rio Ave side that haven’t scored in their previous three Primeira Liga matches. Paulinho is in great form and has a great record against the Vilacondenses.

Best Bet: Braga Win Full Time Result @-166.67 at William Hill - 3 Units
Value Bet: Paulinho Anytime Goalscorer @140.00 at bet365 Sport NJ - 2 Units
Value Bet: Paulinho First Goalscorer @350.00 at William Hill - 1 Unit

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