Sport Lisboa e Benfica will be in a head-on collision with Rio Ave Futebol Clube in the Primeira Liga. This will be the 36th game ever played between the two across all competitions. This match will take place on 21st December 2016. The game will be held at Estádio da Luz, Portugal.
Date and Time: December 21, 2016, at 1:00 PM EST
Venue: Estádio da Luz
TV: Benfica Live (US)
Reigning champions Benfica are bonded to end 2016 on top of the Primeira Liga, but moreover, they will want to end the year on a high. They’ve been handed a huge boost, as Sporting has lost back to back games, that’s seen the competitor’s drop eight points back in the title race. However, the champs have a tough weekend ahead
Benfica are undefeated at home(Lisbon) in the last 16 matches against Rio Ave with 14 wins and 2 draws. The current streak is an 11 game winning run.
Rio Ave have racked up their fourth successive league by crushing Nacional by a 2-1 edge a weekend ago. They had a terrible fix in the past 5 games losing in 4 of them. Presently the series of wins have pushed them up to sixth in the league with 4 points behind Sporting CP and Guimaraes above them.
In the previous 35 encounters between the two, Rio Ave has managed just three wins. On the contrary, Benfica is at 25 wins and remaining 7 were drawn.
Here is a match from 2015 Primeira Liga encounter