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Rio Ave vs Benfica Prediction Saturday 18 May 2024, Week 34 of the Portuguese League

NOBARTV.CO.ID Rio Ave vs SL Benfica, the struggling Rio Ave will face a tough challenge when they host the mighty SL Benfica at the Estádio do Rio Ave on Saturday, 18 May 2024, the match between Rio Ave vs Benfica will take place at 02:00 WIB for the match Primeira League. Benfica, who have a stronger line-up composition, will be favorites against a Rio Ave team who are fighting to avoid finishing in the middle of the standings.

Currently sitting in 11th place in the Primeira Liga, Rio Ave has shown inconsistency throughout the season. They have won only one of their last five league games, drawing two and losing two. Their attacking play was disappointing, lacking creativity and struggling to convert chances. The absence of key players due to injury or suspension could further hamper their performance.

Benfica, the defending champion, currently sits in second place, chasing Sporting Lisbon at the top of the standings. They are unbeaten in their last four league games, highlighting their recent good form and attacking prowess. The attacking trio of Joao Mario, David Neres and Rafa Silva will be the main threat for Benfica. A convincing win would be a statement of intent in the title race, putting the pressure on Sporting Lisbon.

Despite Rio Ave's home advantage and their shock win last season, Benfica are clear favorites on paper. Their current form, superior squad depth and historical dominance in this matchup make them tough to beat.

A comfortable win for Benfica is the most likely outcome. Benfica will likely control the tempo of the match, exploiting any weaknesses in Rio Ave's defence, and score early to secure the three points.

Before watching the match between Rio Ave and Benfica on Nobartv link live streaming, check score predictions, line up, H2H, up to the following team statistics first.

Rio Ave vs Benfica Prediction Saturday 18 May 2024, Week 34 of the Portuguese League
Portrait of Joao Mario (Sc Instagram @slbenfica)

Line Up Prediction

Rio Ave: Jonathan; Pantaloons, Santos; Patrick; Costinha, Idrissi, Gomes, Embalo; Joca, Ronaldo, Boateng

Benfica: Trubin; Aursnes, Otamendi, A Silva, Fernandez; Neves, Luis; Di Maria, Kokcu, Mario; R Silva

Match Preview

Quoted from the page FCTables, Benfica historically dominated this match. In their last 10 meetings, Benfica has won 6, Rio Ave has won 1 and there have been 3 draws. Benfica emerged victorious in the last meeting between the two teams, beating Rio Ave 4-1 at the Estádio da Luz in January 2024. Interestingly, Rio Ave's only win in their last meeting occurred in April 2023, beating Benfica 1-0 at home.

Guga and Aziz will be the keys to Rio Ave. Guga's experience and leadership in midfield will be crucial. while Aziz's speed and attacking ability could cause problems for Benfica's defense. Meanwhile, David Neres and Rafa Silva will be key figures in the attack line. Their movement, creativity and finishing ability could be a nightmare for the Rio Ave defense.

Despite the historic rivalry, the match between Rio Ave and Benfica is not expected to be technically even. Benfica, leaders and playing at a high level, are favorites to take all three points. However, football always brings surprises, and Rio Ave will look to capitalize on home advantage to stun the Portuguese giants.

Score Prediction

If you look at the H2H and the squad that will be fielded in the next match as well as the performance of the two teams this season in the 2023-2024 Portuguese Primeira Liga, it seems that the match will end with a score of 1-3 in favor of Benfica.

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