Rio Ave vs Braga Match Preview
Rio Ave vs Braga predictions for Tuesday's match in the Primeira Liga. Rio Ave and Braga will be hoping to build on their wins last week when they lock horns in the Primeira Liga on Tuesday. Read on for all our free predictions and betting tips.
Reason For Rio Ave vs Braga Predictions
Both teams have scored in three of the last five meetings between these two clubs.
Both teams have scored in four of Rio Ave's last six matches.
Both teams have scored in four of Braga's last six matches.
Braga have won three of their last five games against Rio Ave.
Only three places separate these two teams in the Primeira Liga
Rio Ave claimed a 2-1 win away at Vitoria Setubal on Tuesday night but remain in 6th place, while Braga came out on the right end of a five-goal thriller at home to Vitoria Guimaraes as they claimed a 3-2 victory. Braga have had the better of Rio Ave in recent season, winning three of the pairs' last four encounters, and head into Tuesday's match as the form favourites with three wins, one draw and two defeats from their last six outings.
When these two sides last locked horns, back in December for their reverse league fixture, a first-half strike from Paulinho and a goal from Ricardo Horta 10-minutes from time helped Braga on their way to a comfortable 2-0 victory. Interestingly, no team has scored more than two goals in any of the last seven meetings between Rio Ave and Braga.
There haven't been may clean sheets for either of these sides lately
Our prediction for both teams to score on Tuesday night is backed up by plenty of statistics. Three of the last five meetings between these two clubs have seen both teams score, with Braga scoring exactly two goals in three of their last five matches against Rio Ave. Both teams have also scored in four of the hosts' and four of the visitors' last six league matches.
57% of Rio Ave's home matches have seen both teams score this season and the same can be said for 50% of Braga's away trips. In terms of a final scoreline, we're predicting a 2-1 win for Braga, not just because they have had the better of Rio Ave in recent seasons either. The visitors score an average of 1.50 goals per away game and concede 1.00 goals, with two of their last three wins against Rio Ave ending 2-1.
We're expecting a close and competitive 90-minutes in Vila do Conde
Over 2.5 goals have been scored in three of Rio Ave's and four of Braga's last six matches, with Rio Ave's last two outings both ending in 2-1 scorelines. The hosts have only kept clean sheets in 29% of their home games and the visitors have only kept clean sheets in 29% of their away trips this season, so you can see why we fancy both teams to score on Tuesday night. Braga have outperformed Rio Ave in most departments this season and we believe that will show on Tuesday with the visitors pinching a 2-1 victory.
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