Benfica-Rio Ave

Asian Handicap
Pick: Benfica (-1.5)
Odds: 2.05
Stake: 1

Match date: 01/03/2021

Clearly not the best season for Benfica this year. It’s been quite a while since Benfica was out of top three in the league at this stage of the season. Various situations have contributed to this such as injuries, covid cases etc. 

Title hopes are long gone since Sporting has been in great form throughout the season and currently are 15 points ahead. 

So the real objective for the remaining part of the season is to secure a top three finish in order to get a champions league ticket for next season. 

In order to achieve this benfica will have to perform at the highest of standards here on, as the second and third-placed Braga and Porto are in fine form.

They should forget now the recent bad results in the league and the tough elimination from Europa League and start to focus fully in the league if they want to get that top three finish. 

Having in mind the good and experienced players that Benfica has, I believe that they have the capabilities to overcome this situation and react in the best way. 

On the other hand Rio Ave are having a normal season positioned in tenth place in the league. Although they are in tenth place, they are just three points from relegation zone as teams in the bottom half of the table are very close to each other. 

So their objective tonight will be to exploit the difficult moment of Benfica and try to take at least a point. 

Although they have one of the best defensive records in the league, just 23 conceded goals in 20 matches, I believe that tonight it will be very difficult for them to stop a hungry Benfica having in consideration also the fact that Rio Ave will miss several players for this match. 

For this match Rio Ave will miss Fabio Coentrao, Junio Rocha, Pinto and Jambor due to injury while Nelson Monte will be disqualified for this match. 

While Benfica will miss only Otamendi, Vertonghen, Andre Almeida, Darwin. The missings of Otamendi and Vertonghen tonight I don’t believe that will impact a lot the match for Benfica as I see very little work for the defense tongiht. 

Benfica will focus on winning this match and I expect the game to be played for the most part in Rio Ave’s half. 

So to sum up I expect a hungry team of Benfica to step up and start winning games as there is not so much time left in the season. They should overcome Rio Ave and I believe they will want to show their strength and capabilities so I expect a convincing win. 

WIN Score: 2:0 Profit: +1.05
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