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Benfica and Rio Ave face at Estádio do Sport Lisboa and Benfica (da Luz), in a match for the 14th round of the Primeira Liga. The head‑to‑head history at this stadium, favours the home team, since in the last 4 head‑to‑heads they won 4. Accordingly, in the last head‑to‑head played at this stadium, for the Primeira Liga, on 31‑10‑2014, Benfica won by (1‑0). Talisca (60' ) scored the only goal of the match. The home/away factor is worth special atention, since although this is a match between 3rd and 5th of the league table, it’s also a match between the 2nd best team in home matches and the 10th best in away matches.

Analysis of Benfica

After 9 wins, 1 draw and 3 losses, the home team is in the 3rd position, havinf won 28 points so far. In the last match, they have tied in an away match against União Madeira by (0‑0), after in the previous match they have won (2‑4) an away match against Vitória Setúbal. This is a team that usually makes good use of the home advantage, since they have won 10 points in away matches, with 10 goals scored and 4 conceded, against 18 points won at their stadium, with 21 goals scored and 5 conceded. In the last 7 home league matches Benfica has a record of 6 wins and 1 loss, so they have won 18 points out of 21 possible. They have presented defensive consistency, since they have only suffered goals in 3 of the last 10 matches, and their offense has scored frequently, since they have scored goals in 7 of the last 10 matches for this competition. There is a tendency for goals in their home matches, since 20 of the last 28 have ended with Over 2,5 goals. In 13 matches for this competition, they have conceded the first goal 4 times and have only turned the score around in 1.

Benfica comes to this match with low motivation after the draw against União da Madeira. Nico Gaitán, Luisão, Salvio, Sílvio and Nélson Semedo are the great absences of the team into this game due to injuries.
The manager Rui Vitória should bring Andreas Samaris back to the starting eleven to replace Fejsa in the midfield. This way, we expect that Pizzi, Jonas and Renato Sanches join the greek player at the centre of the pitch. In this fixture, they'll face a team that is producing a good campaign.

Confirmed Lineup: Júlio César, L. López, André Almeida, Jardel, Eliseu, Pizzi, Renato Sanches, A. Samaris, Jonas, K. Mitroglou, Goncalo Guedes.
Coach: Rui Vitória.

Analysis of Rio Ave

The away team is currently in the 5th position of the league, with 21 points won, after 6 wins, 3 draws and 4 losses. In the penultimate match, they lost in an away match against Vitória Guimarães, by (3‑1). In the last match, they won in a home match against Arouca, by (3‑1). This is a team that usually makes good use of the home advantage, since they have won 6 points in away matches and 15 at their stadium, with 8 goals scored and 4 conceded at home, against 13 goals scored and 13 conceded in away matches. In their last match, for the Taça de Portugal, they got an away win against Vitória Setúbal by (1‑3), after a penalty shootout. In the last 6 away league matches Rio Ave has a record of 1 win, 3 draws and 2 losses, so they have won 6 points out of 18 possible. Their offense has scored consistently, as they have scored goals in 9 of the last 10 matches for this competition. This is a team that likes to score first. They have opened up the score in 10 of the last 13 matches for the Primeira Liga, they have reached half‑time in front in 5 of those 10 matches and have held on to the lead until the end of the 90' in 6 of them.

Rio Ave is very motivated after beating Vitória de Setúbal on Penalties which allow them to reach the Portuguese Cup Quarter Finals. Wakaso and Marvin Zeegelaar could return to the team after suspension but the latest was sent off at Setúbal, so is suspended again. This way, we are expecting that the offensive trio of Rio Ave at Estádio da Luz will be composed by Ukra, Héldon and probably Yazalde. Renan Bressan is the responsible for create the offensive game of the team but he is also the best scorer with four goals.

Confirmed Lineup: Cássio, Aníbal Capela, Lionn, Marcelo, Edimar Fraga, A. Wakaso, Pedro Moreira, R. Bressan, Yazalde, Ukra, Héldon.
Coach: Pedro Martins.

Betting suggestion:

We are expecting that both teams will score at least once. Evaluating the last Benfica's exhibitions we won't find strange if Rio Ave manage to score at the enemy stadium. In contrast with the last season, Benfica is showing some weaknesses defensively and we are really expecting goals from both sides.

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Primeira Liga - 2015/2016

  • 100% 306 / 306 Games

  • Home team wins 43.46%
  • Draws 24.84%
  • Away team wins 31.7%
  • Over 1.5 70.59%
  • Over 2.5 50.33%
  • Over 3.5 33.66%
  • Goals 831
  • Goals /match 2.72
  • Goals /match home 1.51
  • Goals /match away 1.2
  • Both teams score 48.37%
  • Goals after 80' 16.37%
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