Rio Ave vs Benfica Preview and Prediction – May 17, 2024 – Football News, Previews, Predictions, Transfers - Latest Global News

Rio Ave vs Benfica Preview and Prediction – May 17, 2024 – Football News, Previews, Predictions, Transfers

It promises to be an exciting encounter, River Ave will host Benfica on Friday at Estadio do Rio Ave as both teams look to end their campaigns on a positive note.

Game preview

Vilaconcess will be looking to continue their impressive unbeaten run while the Eagles will be looking to build on their recent home win.

Rio Ave extended its unbeaten streak in the Primeira Liga to 11 games on Saturday afternoon. They visited Portimonense and scored a thrilling four-goal game, but they could have done better.

Goals from Amine Oudrhiri and center back Renato Pantalon had given Rio Ave the lead late in the game.

However, Portimonense took a point in the 97th minute and Helio Varela scored his sixth goal of the season.

Despite an 11-game unbeaten streak, Luis Freire’s team have only won two games in the Primeira Liga during this period.

This explains why Friday’s hosts are only 10th in the standings, 24 points behind Vitoria de Guimaraes in last European place.

Last weekend’s draw at Portimonense means Vilaconcess have gone the entire Primeira Liga season without a win away from home.

25 of their 36 league points have come at Estadio do Rio Ave, keeping them clear of the bottom of the table.

Emmanuel Boateng, who played for Rio Ave in the 2014/15 season, returned to the club from China in 2022. The Ghanaian has scored 13 goals in two years in the Primeira Liga.

After losing their Primeira Liga title to rivals Sporting LisbonBenfica eased their pain with a 5-0 win over the seventh-place team Arouca on Sunday. The Eagles recorded their biggest win since a 6-1 victory Vizela on February 18th.

Roger Schmidt’s side took a three-goal lead at half-time with goals from Angel Di Maria, Orkun Kokcu and Rafa Silva.

Di Maria added his second goal after the break before substitute Casper Tengstedt rounded off his tally of five goals with his fourth of the season.

Heading into the final weekend of Primeira Liga matches, Benfica are firmly in second place in the league table.

They are eight points behind champions Sporting and 10 points ahead of third place postagewho are fighting to retain their automatic place in the Europa League.

Benfica were unbeaten in 17 games at home in the Primeira Liga and their away problems cost them the Portuguese title in a row.

All four of Benfica’s defeats this season have come on the road, most recently a 2-0 loss at Famalicao on May 5th.

Having won the last 12 meetings with Rio Ave, Benfica are confident of finishing the 2023/24 season with a good result this Friday.

Team news and updates:

After being substituted at half-time in the draw at Portimonense, he was a winger for Rio Ave Umaro Embalo could be dropped in favor of Marios Vrousai.

Center back Sure Sat supported Pantalon from the bench last weekend and the 21-year-old could be promoted to the starting XI.

After holding a four-goal lead after 60 minutes in their last game, Benfica rested some players for the final game of the weekend. Antonio Silva And Florentino Luis both left early.

Danish striker Tengstedt could secure his eighth league start of the season if Schmidt were to change his forward line for the final game.

The Eagles will be without a right-back Alexander Bah due to a muscle injury, that is Fredrik Aursnes will start in the backline.

Prediction and analysis

Benfica have a dominant record against Rio Ave, having won their last 12 meetings. The visitors will be confident of finishing their season with a good result, while Rio Ave will be aiming to fight for a place in the top half.

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