Rio Ave have had a horrendous campaign in this term of Primeira Liga. A run of eleven consecutive league outings without a victory has put their top flight status in jeopardize.
Since Rio Ave have a better record in match ups against both of these sides, a final day slip up from either Boavista or Portimonense, combined with Rio Ave’s victory at Nacional, would move them into the safe waters.
Looking at the form, there is not much to back Rio Ave here, but motivation has to play a massive role on the occasion.
Also, Nacional are by far the weakest team in the division and they should really not impose a serious threat against any other highly motivated side in this competition at the moment.
Nacional have the weakest defensive record in the entire league. They allowed 57 goals in 33 games so far in the season. They shipped three goals in each of the last two defeats to Benfica (1-3) and Famalicao (0-3).
Nacional vs Rio Ave Head to head
Historically, the draw has been the most common of the outcomes in this matchup. However, Rio Ave did dominate Nacional in the last several years.
Rio Ave will thus go into this on the back of three wins and two draws in the last five meetings with Nacional.
The two outfits shared spoils in a goalless draw when they faced each other in this year. Rio Ave’s Pele missed a penalty in the fifth minute of the added time on the occasion.
Nacional vs Rio Ave Prediction
Things should be crystal clear here. The hosts will finish the season at the very foot of the standings no matter what happens on the final day, while the visitors need a victory to avoid the drop to second tier football next season.
We expect the visitors to go strong from the very start of the game aiming to avoid unwanted drama. We will thus back Rio Ave to have the lead at the half time and win the match at the end as the main betting option at the odds of 2.30.
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