Benfica dropped points for the first time in the Primeira Liga in their last game but they will be looking to get back to winning ways when they host Rio Ave in the ninth week of matches in the Portuguese topflight. The Portuguese giants are still top of the table with 22 points while Rio Ave are 10th on nine points. Benfica are coming from a 1-1 draw with PSG in the Champions League, which came after another 1-1 draw with Vitoria Guimaraes in their domestic league. They have a three point lead though, following Sporting Braga’s loss last weekend, while they now remain the only undefeated side in the league. Benfica are the best defensive side so far, having conceded only three goals and going into this game they have three straight clean sheets.
Rio Aver ended a three-game winless run with a 1-0 victory at home to Santa Clara in their last game and they will be looking to build on it here. It won’t be easy though, especially for a side that has just one clean sheet in the last five matches. Twice in their last three matches, Rio Ave have conceded multiple goals, but one quality they carry to this game is the fact that they’ve scored in all their last five matches. Three times in the last five matches, they have scored multiple goals, and this is the quality they will want to test Benfica with. Their away run is however not so good, heading into this game without a win in the last four matches and having conceded two or more in three of the four matches.
Rio Ave have a tough task here; they are winless in their four away league games this season and get to face the best team in the league at the moment. Benfica have posted straight wins at home in their four league matches so far, scoring two or more goals. We are expecting a dominant game from them here, looking at their home performances, and we will back them to lead in both halves.