Rio Ave vs Arouca prediction, odds & betting tips – 19/04/2024

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Portugal Primeira Liga - Estadio dos Arcos

Rio Ave vs Arouca prediction
A past meeting between Rio Ave and Arouca – Photo by Icon sport

It's time for our Portuguese league predictions ahead of Rio Ave vs Arouca on Friday night. The visitors sit 13 points and four places above Rio Ave in the Primeira Liga table but the bookmakers have made the home side slight favourites for this fixture.

Rio Ave vs Arouca predictions: Close and competitive 90 minutes on the cards

Rio Ave vs Arouca Predictions
Our pick

🔥 Hot Tip

Draw

⚽ Correct Score prediction

Rio Ave 1-1 Arouca

⬆️ Over 2.5 Goals

No

Key Stats

  • Rio Ave have only lost one of their last five matches against Arouca, securing a draw at their ground in December. The hosts have also drawn five of their last six league games, so you can see why we have this one down to end in a stalemate.
  • We have only seen more than two goals scored in one of the last six head-to-heads between Rio Ave and Arouca, which is why we are going with a 1-1 draw as our final scoreline.
  • Five of the last six meetings between these two clubs have produced under 2.5 goals, while four of the hosts' last six outings in the Primeira Liga also witnessed fewer than three goals.

Pre-game odds and win probability: Rio Ave have the bookmaker's backing

  • HOME: 7/5 (2.40) – 41.7%
  • DRAW: 9/4 (3.25) – 30.8%
  • AWAY: 21/10 (3.10) – 32.3%

*odds from Ladbrokes, subject to change

Rio Ave are the expected winners of this game with a probability of 41.7%, but Arouca have been the better team so far this season.

Rio Ave played out a 2-2 draw away at Estrela last time out and have managed to win one and draw five of their last six matches, while Arouca won 2-1 at home to Boavista t make it four wins and two defeats from their last six.

For more football betting tips on the game, check out the Both Teams to Score market. If you want to bet on BTTS in this game the odds stand at 17/20 (1.85) with a probability of 54.1%, while a punt on BTTS – No is priced at 1/1 (2.00) which has a probability of 50%.

Last five H2Hs: Arouca edge it

Portugal Primeira Liga 10/12/23

Arouca

Arouca

2
Rio Ave

Rio Ave

2

Portugal League Cup 30/07/23

Arouca

Arouca

2
Rio Ave

Rio Ave

0

Portugal Primeira Liga 28/04/23

Rio Ave

Rio Ave

1
Arouca

Arouca

0

Portugal Primeira Liga 12/11/22

Arouca

Arouca

0
Rio Ave

Rio Ave

1

Portugal League Cup 01/08/21

Arouca

Arouca

0
Rio Ave

Rio Ave

1

The last 16 meetings between these two teams have produced seven wins, three draws and six defeats in favour of Arouca.

Team news and form guide

Rio Ave: Unbeaten in last six

Rio Ave avoided any fresh injuries over the weekend and with no suspended players either, we could see Friday's hosts picking the same team that drew 2-2 at Estrela.

Predicted lineup: Jhonatan (GK), Santos, William, Costinha, Castro, Teixeira, Joca, Tanlongo, Vrousai, Yakubu & Ronaldo

Portugal Primeira Liga 17/05/24

D

Benfica

Benfica

1

Rio Ave

Rio Ave

1

Portugal Primeira Liga 11/05/24

D

Portimonense

Portimonense

2

Rio Ave

Rio Ave

2

Portugal Primeira Liga 04/05/24

W

Guimaraes

Guimaraes

1

Rio Ave

Rio Ave

2

Portugal Primeira Liga 27/04/24

D

Vizela

Vizela

1

Rio Ave

Rio Ave

1

Portugal Primeira Liga 19/04/24

D

Arouca

Arouca

1

Rio Ave

Rio Ave

1

Arouca: Four wins from last six

The visitors head into this game with a clean bill of health and no suspended players which means that we could see the same starting lineup that took to the field against Boavista.

Predicted lineup: de Arruabarrena (GK), Esgaio, Montero, Bambu, Weverson, Simão, Jason, Sylla, Santos, González & Mújica

Portugal Primeira Liga 18/05/24

L

Guimaraes

Guimaraes

3

Arouca

Arouca

1

Portugal Primeira Liga 12/05/24

L

Benfica

Benfica

5

Arouca

Arouca

0

Portugal Primeira Liga 05/05/24

D

Estrela

Estrela

0

Arouca

Arouca

0

Portugal Primeira Liga 26/04/24

D

Gil Vicente

Gil Vicente

2

Arouca

Arouca

2

Portugal Primeira Liga 19/04/24

D

Rio Ave

Rio Ave

1

Arouca

Arouca

1

Player to watch – Rafa Mújica

Arouca's 25-year-old Spanish forward has been sensational in his second season with the Portuguese outfit.

Rafa Mújica player to watch
Rafa Mújica takes a shot for Arouca against Braga – Photo by Icon Sport

Mújica, who started his career in Barcelona's B team had a number of unsuccessful loan spells in Spain before making the move to Arouca for the beginning of the 2022/23 season.

Arouca standout player this season

After netting eight goals in 27 appearances in his debut campaign, Mújica has developed really well with 19 goals in 28 league games this season, making him one of the top strikers in the Primeira Liga and someone who will surely earn a move to a bigger club in the summer.


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