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Sporting CP vs Rio Ave Predictions & Tips - Sporting tipped to win to nil again

  • Sporting CP vs Rio Ave predictions for Friday's Portuguese Primeira Liga match.
  • The match is being played at Estádio José Alvalade (6.30pm GMT).
  • Sporting CP have won 11 of their 13 matches this season, and 13 of their last 15 home matches.
  • The hosts are tipped to win to nil and cover a -1 handicap.
  • Match preview, predictions and latest team news.
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Andraz Sporar could come into the Sporting attack (Getty Images)

Sporting CP vs Rio Ave Predictions


Sporting CP have dropped just four points all season. Facing a Rio Ave side out of form in the Primeira Liga, this looks one way traffic and a win to nil for the hosts. Sporting are also tipped to cover a -1 handicap.

  • Sporting CP have won 11 of their 13 matches this season (Primeira Liga).
  • Sporting CP have won 13 of their last 15 home matches (Primeira Liga).
  • Sporting CP have won their last 4 matches (Primeira Liga).
  • Sporting CP have won to nil in 3 of their last 4 matches (Primeira Liga).
  • Sporting CP have scored 2+ goals in 12 of their last 13 matches (Primeira Liga).
  • Rio Ave have lost by 4 of their last 5 matches (all competitions).
  • Rio Ave have failed to score in 5 of their last 7 matches, and their last 4 away matches (Primeira Liga)
  • Rio Ave have conceded 2+ goals in 4 of their last 5 matches (all competitions).

Head to Head


Sporting CP failed to beat Rio Ave last season in three meetings. They lost 3-2 at home in the league and 2-1 at home in the cup, before earning a point from the road trip courtesy of a 1-1 draw.

Prior to last season, Sporting had won six in a row against Rio Ave.

Sporting CP Form


Sporting CP made it four wins in a row in the Primeria Liga with a 2-0 victory away to Nacional last weekend. 

Nuno Santos opened the scoring two minutes before half-time and Jovane Cabral sealed the win in the final minute of the game.

Ruben Amorim's side remain unbeaten and have dropped just four points all season. The hold a four point lead over FC Porto at the top of the standings.

A six-game winning run in all competitions saw Sporting beat Ferreira (3-0) and Mafra (2-0) in cup ties. They have also beaten SC Farense (1-0), Belenenses (2-1), Braga (2-0) and Nacional in the league.

They did suffer a 2-0 loss to Maritimo in the Portuguese Cup on Monday.

Sporting CP Team News


Sporting are without suspended centre-back Zouhair Feddal with Goncalo Inacio set to replace him.

There is a doubt over forward Tiago Tomas' fitness, with Andraz Sporar in line for a recall to the starting line-up.

Rio Ave Form


Rio Ave were dumped out of the Portuguese Cup in midweek when losing 2-1 to Segunda Liga leaders Estoril. They were two down after 31 minutes before Gelson Dala reduced the deficit in the second-half.

It continued a miserable run of form for the club, with former U23 boss Pedro Cunha now in charge following the sacking of Mário Silva.

Silva got his marching orders after Rio Ave lost 3-0 in Braga and 3-1 at home against Maritimo.

Cunha's first game in charge was a 2-0 loss at Pacos de Ferreira, but he did get a first win last weekend. Second-half goals from Pele (penalty), Ryotaro Meshino and Carlos Mane earned a 3-0 win over Portimonense.

But it was a fourth loss in five as Rio Ave were beaten by Estoril on Tuesday.

Rio Ave Team News


Defender Junio and midfielder Filipe Augusto are ruled out for the visitors.

Midfielder Pele missed the midweek defeat to Estoril, but is expected to be fit. Gelson Dala is pushing for a recall to the forward line.

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Verdict

Sporting can cover a -1 handicap against a Rio Ave side which has conceded two or more goals in four of their last five games. I'm backing the hosts to win to nil again.

Best Bet: Sporting Win To Nil To Win To Nil @137.00 at BetMGM - 2 Units
Value Bet: Sporting -1 Handicap @150.00 at bet365 Sport NJ - 2 Units
Correct Score Tip: Sporting 3-0 Correct Score @900.00 at Borgata Sports - 1 Unit

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