Rio Ave vs FC Porto Predictions

Rio Ave vs FC Porto predictions for Monday night’s Primeira Liga affair at Estadio do Rio Ave Futebol Clube. Porto have started the title chase in an impressive way with two wins out of two games. Can they make it three wins from three this Monday night? Read on for all our free predictions and betting tips.

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Rio Ave vs FC Porto Predictions


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Porto’s Prodigal Pursuit: A Detailed Dive into the Primeira Liga Showdown

Key Stats
– Porto, the indomitable force, remains unbeaten in their last 14 league outings.
– Rio Ave’s fort: 8 of their 10 wins last season came from home matches.
– Defence to Attack: Rio Ave conceded only 43 goals last season, showcasing their defensive masterclass.

As the Portuguese footballing scene heats up, Porto make their way to Estadio do Rio Futebol Clube, aiming to maintain their impeccable season start against the resilient Rio Ave on Monday night in the Primeira Liga.

Rio Ave’s Rise

Having returned to the top-flight football last season, Rio Ave look back at their recent campaign with pride. Under the guidance of Luis Freire, they finished in a respectable 12th position, maintaining a safe distance from the relegation zone. Their campaign saw them amass 40 points, courtesy of 10 wins and 10 draws. They remained well ahead of Maritimo by 14 points, showcasing their commendable performance.


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Defence was the cornerstone of Rio Ave’s play last season, only allowing 43 goals throughout the campaign. This impressive record stood out, even outshining some of the top-half clubs like Famalicao and Boavista.

Despite a dominant showing against Estoril, their away journey ended in a 2-0 defeat. However, their home performances last season might be a beacon of hope for them: out of their 10 victories, 8 came from 17 matches played at home.

Porto’s Prime Form

On the other side, Porto, who narrowly missed out on the Primeira Liga title to Benfica by just two points, seem to be on a mission this season. Finishing the 2022-23 season with 85 points and boasting an impressive record of 27 wins from 34 games, the Dragons have exuded dominance. Under the leadership of Sergio Conceicao, they have carried forward their form, remaining unbeaten in their last 14 league games.

Furthermore, their away record is nothing short of astounding, as they have not tasted defeat in their previous 16 matches on the road. All of these statistics establish Porto as the favourites heading into the upcoming clash.

Team News and Key Players

In terms of team setup, Rio Ave might look up to Joca for inspiration in the attack, having recovered from a knee injury that kept him out for a significant portion of the last season. Ze Manuel will be hoping to start, but displacing Leonardo Ruiz might be a task.

Porto, on the other hand, have some injury woes. Key players like Evanilson and Gabriel Veron are nursing muscle injuries and are expected to be out of action till the end of September. However, Wendell makes a return after serving a suspension, bolstering the team’s lineup.

Possible Starting Lineups:

  • Rio Ave: Magrao; Pantalon, Santos, Sa; Ronaldo, Guga, Oudrhiri, Costinha; Joca, Ruiz, Hernani.
  • Porto: Costa; Mario, Cardoso, Marcano, Wendell; Eustaquio, Varela, Pepe, Martinez, Galeno; Taremi.


1. Match Outcome Prediction: Based on the overwhelming form of Porto, especially their away prowess (W12 D4 L0 in their last 16), we can expect them to edge this one. Thus, a prediction of both teams to score with a Porto win would be justified, given that Rio Ave has managed to find the net in seven of their previous nine home fixtures.

2. Correct Score Prediction: Considering the goal-scoring abilities of both teams and Porto’s knack to concede, a possible correct scoreline could be 3-1 in favour of Porto.

3. Goalscorer Prediction: In terms of goalscorers, Toni Martinez for Porto seems a promising bet, having already netted twice this season. For Rio Ave, Leonardo Ruiz or Ze Manuel, both with a goal each this season, could be the ones to watch out for.


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