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Arouca journey to Estádio Nacional on Sunday for the Primeira Liga clash with hosts Belenenses.
For all of our match predictions, pre-game poll and statistics for Belenenses v Arouca, scroll down - as well as the best betting odds.
Belenenses will be hoping for a better result after a 2-0 Primeira Liga losing effort in their last game against Vizela.
In that match, Belenenses managed 61% possession and 18 shots on goal with 7 of them on target. For their opponents, Vizela got 12 attempts on goal with 4 of them on target. Kiko Bondoso (12') and Cassiano (33') scored for Vizela.
Belenenses have not been in good attacking form of late. Their goals record equals just 2 vs opposition teams over the course of their last 6 outings. In those games, Belenenses have also seen the tally of goals against them total 14.
Following on from tasting defeat last time out to Braga in Primeira Liga action, Arouca and their travelling supporters will be hoping that they can get a better result in this one.
In that game, Arouca had 51% possession and 6 shots at goal with 0 on target. At the other end, SC Braga had 11 attempts at goal with 8 on target. Vítor Oliveira (6', 12', 26'), Iuri Medeiros (70') and Roger Fernandes (75', 79') scored for Braga.
Arouca have had no problems opening up opposition defences of late, scoring 6 times in their last 6 matches. While their manager Armando Evangelista will no doubt take that as a positive sign, Arouca have had their own issues at the back, also conceding in 6 of those same clashes. That aside, we will just have to wait and see if such a trend might continue on in this next match.
Leading up to this clash, Arouca:
- are undefeated by Belenenses when they have played them away from home in the previous 3 matches in the league.
- are without a win away from home in their last 8 league matches. Who knows how long it might last, too.
Head to head
A look at their most recent head-to-head meetings going back to 29/11/2014 shows that Belenenses have won 2 of these & Arouca 1, with the number of drawn results standing at 3.
An aggregate of 12 goals were scored between the two sides during those clashes, with 6 from Azuis and 6 belonging to Arouca. That’s an average goals per game of 2.
The last league fixture between the two was Primeira Liga match day 23 on 27/02/2017 when it finished Arouca 1-2 Belenenses.
On that day, Arouca managed 56% possession and 16 shots on goal with 5 on target. The scorer was Tómané (38').
Belenenses got 12 attempts at goal with 5 of them on target. Maurides (52', 57') was the scorer.
The referee was João Borlido de Matos.
Team News: Belenenses
Chico Teixeira (Unknown Injury) and Chima Akas (Corona virus) are not available for Belenenses manager Filipe Cândido.
It looks as if Azuis will probably kick off with a 3-5-2 formation this time featuring Luiz Felipe, Luca van der Gaag, Yohan Tavares, Tomas Ribeiro, Diogo Calila, Andrija Lukovic, Thibang Phete, Afonso Sousa, Nilton, Alisson Safira and Pedro Nuno.
Team News: Arouca
We’re of the thinking that Arouca seem likely to play in a 4-3-3 formation using Victor Braga, Tiago Esgaio, Abdoulaye Ba, Joao Othavio Basso, M. Quaresma Correia, Pedro Moreira, Kouassi Eboue, Leandro Silva, A. Watshini Bukia, André Silva and Arsenio.
We’re of the opinion that Arouca and Belenenses are both capable of scoring here.
It could well end in a draw. Our tip is therefore for a very even match with a score draw at full-time.
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🏟️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Estádio Nacional (37,593)
Captain: Sandro Guimarães Cordeiro
Chairman: Rui Pedro Soares
Manager: Filipe Cândido
Competitions: Primeira Liga position 18
🔑 Star Man: Alioune N'Dour
Mostly taking to the field in the Striker position, Alioune N'Dour was born in Dakar, Senegal. After having made a senior debut playing for Belenenses in the 2021 - 2022 season, the accomplished Forward has managed to score 2 league goals in this Liga Portugal 2021 - 2022 season so far coming from a total of 13 appearances.