Santa Clara vs Rio Ave Betting Tip Rio Ave – 10 January 2019

Rio Ave to get away victory

Guilherme Schettine/ Santa Clara ©imago images / GlobalImagens 10.01.2020

PortugalSanta Clara vs Rio AvePortugal
10th January 1900hrs
Football – Portugal– Primeira Liga
Pick Rio Ave
Bookmaker Unibet
Odds: 13/8 odds taken 1800 GMT, Friday 9 January)

Visitors Rio Ave have the opportunity to get move up into fifth spot with a win on Friday but their hosts, Santa Clara, know that three points for them would ensure they leap above their opponents in Primeira Liga.

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Santa Clara CP Preview – Can Santa Clara build on last weekend’s win to move further away from the relegation zone?

It was a good start to the calendar year for Santa Clara who got an important 1-0 win away to bottom club Desportivo Aves. Before that match, Santa Clara found themselves just two points outside the relegation zone so they will be feeling a little better with a cushion of four points heading into this one. They’re still very much one of the teams who could be pulled into a battle for survival at the bottom but at the same time, they could jump as many as seven places if they win on Friday. That’s how tight the league is this season outside of the top two clubs and the cast adrift Desportivo Aves.

That win for Santa Clara brought an end to a three-game losing run across the league and both domestic cup competitions. The fact they now only have to concentrate on the league is probably an advantage for the club who are working with modest resources to try and stay in the top-flight first and foremost. Last weekend’s win was also their first win in eight league matches which indicates just how much of a challenge that battle for survival could be.

Under 2.5 goals

37/50

Rio Ave Preview – Will Rio Ave respond from last week’s disappointing home loss and climb to just outside the European places?

Rio Ave got 2020 off to a losing start at home to Maritimo which was a setback in their quest to finish in the European positions. The loss means they now sit seven points outside the top four and with little margin for error relative to the other hopefuls. With the defeat coming at home to a team below them in the table makes it even more frustrating. Carlos Carvalhal is an ambitious manager but knows that his team have to be winning those sort of matches if they are to be competitive with the top six.

Iranian striker Mehdi Taremi is enjoying his first season in Portuguese football following moving in the summer. He has scored five goals in 11 games and is the club’s top scorer. The highlight of his time in Portugal so far was a hat-trick against Desportivo Aves earlier in the campaign. If Rio Ave are to have any chance of finishing in the top four then Taremi’s goals are going to be pivotal and you feel he has to find the net even more regularly to do that.

Key-Facts – Santa Clara vs Rio Ave

  • Santa Clara started 2020 with an important victory away to bottom club Desportivo Aves to give themselves some breathing space at the bottom of the table
  • It wasn’t such a good start to the new year for Rio Ave who lost at home to Maritimo and miss out on an opportunity to keep pace with the other European hopefuls
  • The two meetings last season ended up with both away teams winning and the two teams have performed well on their travels so far this season

Santa Clara vs Rio Ave Betting Advice

It may not be the most glamorous of games but it’s an important one in respect to both Santa Clara and Rio Ave’s seasons. The motivation is clear for the home team. A win gives them further breathing space at the bottom of the table whilst the visitors are trying to hang on to the coattails of the top six and if possible, try and remain a factor in the fight for Europe. Indeed, Rio Ave face a challenging set of fixtures in the next month which sees them take on three of the current top six and the other against Boavista who are level on points with them.

There were two away victories in the meetings between these clubs last season and I think we could see a repeat of that on Friday. Rio Ave have done well one their travels this season losing only to three of the current top five. They have also beaten Sporting Lisbon and can get the better of their hosts tomorrow.