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Vitória Guimarães will arrive at Estádio Municipal de Arouca on Sunday for the Primeira Liga meeting with hosts Arouca.
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Arouca will be hoping to return to winning ways here after the 1-2 Primeira Liga loss in their previous game against Boavista.
In that game, Arouca had 33% possession and 6 attempts at goal with 1 of them on target. The only player to score for Arouca was Rafa Mújica (27'). On the other side, Boavista had 10 attempts at goal with 4 of them on target. Vincent Sasso (31') and Martim Tavares (70') scored for Boavista.
Arouca have been quite ineffective in attack of late. Their ‘goals for’ figure stands at just 4 vs opposition teams over their last six outings. In those meetings, Arouca have also seen the tally of goals scored against them come to 13.
Leading up to this clash, Arouca:
- have not been beaten in the league by Vitória Guimarães in their previous 2 games.
- haven’t won at home in the past 2 league games.
Vitória Guimarães will go into the clash following on from a 1-0 Primeira Liga win versus Santa Clara in their previous outing.
In that match, Vitória Guimarães managed 56% possession and 9 attempts at goal with 3 of them on target. The only player on the scoresheet for Vitória Guimarães was Anderson Oliveira (48'). Santa Clara got 9 attempts at goal with 4 on target.
The trend of at least one side getting a clean sheet in games featuring Vitória Guimarães has been evident of late. Looking at their last six outings reveals that it has occurred 5 times. During these clashes, their opponents have hit a goal aggregate of 4 and Vitória Guimarães have scored 4. We shall soon see if that trend will be continued on into this next match.
Head to head
Checking on their prior head to head meetings going back to 09/01/2016 shows that Arouca have won 1 of these games & Vitória Guimarães 2, with the number of drawn matches standing at 3.
In all, 18 goals were scored between them throughout the course of those matches, with 9 from Arouca and 9 created by Os Vimaranenses. That is an average goals per game value of 3.
The previous league encounter featuring these sides was Primeira Liga match day 23 on 19/02/2022 when it finished Vitória Guimarães 1-3 Arouca.
That day, Vitória Guimarães managed 47% possession and 10 attempts at goal with 5 of them on target. Their only player to score was Óscar Estupiñán (26').
At the other end, Arouca had 14 attempts on goal with 7 on target. João Basso (13'), Antony (35') and André Bukia (41') scored.
The match was refereed by Artur Soares Dias.
Team News: Arouca
Nearly everyone is up for selection, with just the sole fitness concern for the Arouca gaffer Armando Evangelista to be concerned with thanks to an otherwise robust group. José Manuel Velázquez (Achilles tendon rupture) misses out.
In our view, Arouca will possibly employ a 4-3-3 formation for the game, handing starts to Emilijus Zubas, Tiago Esgaio, Nino Galovic, Joao Othavio Basso, M. Quaresma Correia, Alan Ruiz, Oriol Busquets, David Simão, A. Watshini Bukia, Rafa Mújica and Arsenio.
Team News: Vitória Guimarães
Vitória Guimarães manager João Moreno has to contend with a number of unavailable players. Maga (Collarbone fracture), Mikel Villanueva (Tear in the abductor muscle) and Tomás Händel (Muscle Injury) won’t be making appearances.
It’s our belief that Os Vimaranenses seem likely to play in a 3-4-3 lineup by sending out Bruno Varela, Andre Fonseca Amaro, Mamadou Tounkara, Ibrahima Bamba, Zé Carlos, Andre, Tiago Silva, Ryoya Ogawa, Ruben Lameiras, Anderson Silva and Nélson Luz.
We’ve got the feeling that Arouca will have a tough ask to breach the defence of this Vitória Guimarães outfit who we reckon will score & stay on top.
We’ve gone for a very competitive encounter with a 0-1 advantage for Vitória Guimarães at the end of the match.
Hopefully it’s a good one.
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🏟️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Estádio Municipal de Arouca (5,600)
Chairman: Carlos Pinho
Manager: Armando Evangelista
Competitions: Primeira Liga position 12
🔑 Star Player: Rafa Mújica
Mostly played in the Striker position, Rafa Mújica was born in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain. Having played his first senior match for Barcelona B in the 2015 - 2016 season, the accomplished Forward has scored 3 league goals in the Liga Portugal 2022 - 2023 campaign to date coming from a total of 6 appearances.