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Santa Clara vs Rio Ave Prediction, Betting Odds and Free Tips 17/03/2023

These odds from Ladbrokes were correct at the time of writing.

The Santa Clara – Rio Ave match promises to be a tight affair, with Santa Clara desperately trying to avoid direct relegation. With that in mind, we have prepared a detailed preview of the match, along with some of our best free predictions for it.

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Rio Ave to Score First

Our first Santa Clara vs Rio Ave prediction is for the visitors to score the first goal of the match. Santa Clara conceded the first goal in all of their last 10 home matches and we think this could easily happen again. Santa Clara are not only without a clean sheet in 13, but they also lost all of their last 5 matches and last weekend collapsed into last place.

Half With Most Goals – Second

We base our next Santa Clara vs Rio Ave prediction on the fact that both teams are scoring the vast majority of their goals in the second 45 minutes of matches. Santa Clara so far scored 70.6% of their goals in the second half. Rio Ave better even that percentage as they have scored 73.8% of their goals past halftime.

Over 2.5 Goals

Santa Clara struggle defensively and this is the main reason why all of their last 6 home games had gone over 3 total goals scored. This has happened in 3 of the last 5 H2H clashes too. That’s why our final Santa Clara vs Rio Ave prediction is for the game to have at least 3 goals in it.

Santa Clara vs Rio Ave Lineups and Other News

Santa Clara

Santa Clara lost 0-1 on their visit to Pacos Ferreira and as a result, replaced Pacos in last place on goal difference. Without a league win since November and managed to collect only 2 points from their last 10 matches. Clearly, Santa Clara are in free fall and desperately need inspiration from somewhere.

No matter how the squad gets rotated the displays remain poor. In any case, still missing 3 sidelined players. Among them is the star playmaker Ricardinho. Ever since he had been out the displays had been even poorer.

Rio Ave

Rio Ave edged Gil Vicente 2-1 at home last weekend. The display wasn’t very convincing and yet proved good enough. Rio Ave mixed 3 wins with 3 defeats in the last 6 rounds and this was enough to see them open a 14-point lead over the bottom 3.

With all the pressure in terms of survival lifted Rio Ave can play much more relaxed football from now on. There will be selection issues in midfield for this match with 2 regular starters set to miss. Joca is out injured, while Oudrhiri serves a ban. With both out the 35-year-old Vitor Gomes will have to resume much more responsibilities. Winger Hernani also could miss as he nurses a knock. He’s not a very important squad member anyway.

Santa Clara vs Rio Ave Useful Stats and H2H

Are you looking for the best Santa Clara vs Rio Ave odds? We’ve got you covered. Check below our list of the two teams’ recent forms and the H2H stats for this fixture:

Head to Head

02/10/22

Portugal Primeira Liga Portugal

Rio Ave

Rio Ave

Santa Clara

Santa Clara

1

0

23/07/22

Europe Friendlies Europe

Rio Ave

Rio Ave

Santa Clara

Santa Clara

0

2

22/09/21

Portugal League Cup Portugal

Rio Ave

Rio Ave

Santa Clara

Santa Clara

2

2

11/05/21

Portugal Primeira Liga Portugal

Santa Clara

Santa Clara

Rio Ave

Rio Ave

1

0

25/01/21

Portugal Primeira Liga Portugal

Rio Ave

Rio Ave

Santa Clara

Santa Clara

1

2

Last Five - Santa Clara

19/05/24

Portugal Segunda Liga Portugal

UD Leiria

UD Leiria

Santa Clara

Santa Clara

0

2

W

12/05/24

Portugal Segunda Liga Portugal

CD Mafra

CD Mafra

Santa Clara

Santa Clara

0

2

W

03/05/24

Portugal Segunda Liga Portugal

CF Os Belenenses

CF Os Belenenses

Santa Clara

Santa Clara

0

2

W

28/04/24

Portugal Segunda Liga Portugal

FC Porto B

FC Porto B

Santa Clara

Santa Clara

2

2

D

20/04/24

Portugal Segunda Liga Portugal

Tondela

Tondela

Santa Clara

Santa Clara

0

1

W

Last Five - Rio Ave

17/05/24

Portugal Primeira Liga Portugal

Benfica

Benfica

Rio Ave

Rio Ave

1

1

D

11/05/24

Portugal Primeira Liga Portugal

Portimonense

Portimonense

Rio Ave

Rio Ave

2

2

D

04/05/24

Portugal Primeira Liga Portugal

Guimaraes

Guimaraes

Rio Ave

Rio Ave

1

2

W

27/04/24

Portugal Primeira Liga Portugal

Vizela

Vizela

Rio Ave

Rio Ave

1

1

D

19/04/24

Portugal Primeira Liga Portugal

Arouca

Arouca

Rio Ave

Rio Ave

1

1

D

Santa Clara vs Rio Ave – Frequently asked questions

Santa Clara vs Rio Ave

  • What is the venue of the game? The venue of the game is Estadio de Sao Miguel in Ponta Delgada.
  • When is the match starting? The match is starting at 8:15 pm GMT on Friday, March 17th.
  • What was the score the last time the sides met? Rio Ave won 1-0 at home back in October.


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