Rio Ave will host Vitória de Guimarães in R1 of portuguese Primeira Liga, in Estádio dos Arcos, Vila do Conde.
Rio Ave has been a solid team in recent seasons in Portugal, they always have decent rosters and last season were fighting for a spot in Europa League until the end. This season they got coach Carlos Carvalhal, experienced coach in Portugal and England, and they have a good roster with interesting players like Nelson Monte, Borevkovic, Filipe Augusto, Gabrielzinho, Nuno Santos, Diego Lopes, Carlos Mané and Taremi. Their pre-season wasn´t great with only 1 win, but in the first official match, last week for League Cup, they beat Oliveirense (from 2nd league) 6-1 with a very solid exhibition.
Vitória de Guimarães was the first team in Portugal with official matches, already with 4 in 2 weeks. They had already a qualifying round for Europa League (2 matches against Jeuness Esch from Luxembourg), a 1st round League Cup against Farense (from 2nd league) and today they went to Latvia to play against Ventspils for the last qualifying round for Europa League (won 3-0), with 2nd leg to be played in the middle of next week. They are playing decent football, winning all these matches, but to be honest they played against weaker teams than Rio Ave, and they had many players playing all these matches, something that can be harmful for their next game because it’s very early in the season and players are not yet at 100% form level
In conclusion, I predict a strong Rio Ave in their first home game, going here for the win, against Vitória de Guimarães that may have some fatigue as a factor against them, even more in a court with a lot of wind and very physically demanding that will make it very hard for them to win this match. If you also want to enjoy this odds don’t wait much and sign up for the best betting software now so you can seize your chance!