The Portuguese Primeira Liga gets underway this weekend and among the fixtures scheduled to be played is a match between the struggling Nacional Madeira and Rio Ave. The match will be played on Sunday 17th March 2019 at 15.00GMT at the Estádio da Madeira. The match is perhaps one of the interesting ones this weekend owing to both teams’ stats.
Nacional Madeira is under the threat of joining the relegation zone. They occupy position 14 out of 18 teams. They are just 2 points off the relegation area. They, therefore, need to work extra hard if they ever dream of playing in the Portuguese top tier league. After succumbing to a 5-1 away loss to Portimonense, it shows how porous their defense is. If they do not seal the loopholes in their defense, they are headed for another humiliating home loss this weekend. Their margin of loss is alarming, the worst being the 10-0 loss to league leaders Benfica on 10/02/2019.
At number 10, Rio Ave is not doing impressively either. Apart from last week’s 1-1 draw against Chaves, they had lost 3 consecutive matches. Out of their last 6 fixtures, they have won only once, drawn twice and lost thrice.
Nacional Madeira is ready to wipe away their shameful defeat by Portimonense. However, the travelers won’t be easy prey for them. They will have to endure 90 minutes of anxiety. At the end of the action, the match will end in a draw just like their first leg meeting of the season back in November.
Nacional Madeira vs. Rio Ave Head to Head
The two sides have had 26 encounters. Of the 26, Nacional Madeira has won 8 of them conceding 7 to Rio Ave. 11 encounters ended in a draw. A snub look into their 8 most recent encounters, here is the kind of scores we are treated to:
- Rio Ave 3-3 Nacional Madeira
- Nacional Madeira 0-2 Rio Ave
- Rio Ave 2-1 Nacional Madeira
- Nacional Madeira 1-0 Rio Ave
- Rio Ave 1-0 Nacional Madeira
- Rio Ave 1-1 Nacional Madeira
- Nacional Madeira 0-0 Rio Ave
- Nacional Madeira 1-1 Rio Ave
With 7 injuries, Nacional Madeira has been incapacitated. Some of the key injuries include; Brayan Riascos, Ibrahim Alhassan Abdullahi, Giorgi Arabidze, Avto, Joao Camacho, Filipe Ferrira and Felipe Aliste Lopes.
Rio Ave will also have six players missing from its squad in the Sunday Fixture. Tarantini is serving disciplinary points while Filipe Augusto is serving a red card. Nelson Monte, Gelson Dala, Joca and Nuno Santos are nursing injuries.
Prediction and Odds
The porous defense of Nacional Madeira in addition to their numerous injuries has made them prone to defeat with a huge goal margin. Nevertheless, Rio Ave is not all that a worthy opponent. In this fixture, we believe the teams will share the spoils. Our best bets for the outcome are as follows:
- The match to end in a draw
- Both teams to score
- Over 2.5 goals on fulltime.