Rio Ave continues UEFA push Sunday, looking for nine-straight unbeaten against Paços de Ferreira. Match time is 4 pm EDT.
The battle at the top of the Portugeuse Primeira Liga is red-hot, as both Benfica and Porto came out of the first weekend after the break .
But that is not the only battle in Portugal: the race for the UEFA Europa League places is starting to heat up, as is the relegation battle.
Sunday afternoon, Rio Ave and Paços de Ferreira will face off with much at stake for both.
Rio Ave went into the break as the form team in Portugal, unbeaten in eight matches. The Vilacondenses sit in seventh place, but a win Sunday would see them jump all the way up to fifth place, just two points behind Sporting CP in the automatic Europa League places. But with Benfica and Porto set to contest the Taça de Portugal Final at some point, the third spot will go to the fifth place team.
These two teams have played close games over the years, with many low-scoring draws. But today
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PORTUGAL PRIMEIRA LIGA
Rio Ave (-139) vs. Paços de Ferreira (+400), draw (+240), 4 p.m. EDT (GOLTV and )
Rio Ave ML (-139)
Paços de Ferreira under 0.5 goals (+106)
BONUS LONG SHOT PLAY:
Rio Ave to win to nil yes (+163)
CORRECT SCORE BET:
Rio Ave 1-0 (+500)
Draw 0-0 (+750)