FC Arouca meet Benfica for a Primeira Liga showdown at the Estádio Municipal de Arouca on Friday evening (19:00 UK time).
Both teams are in contrasting form. The hosts are seeking to stave off relegation while their visitors aim to mount a title push heading into the final months of this season.
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FC Arouca team news
A five-game winless run, consisting of four defeats, leaves relegation-threatened Arouca sitting in the bottom two. Before going on this current run, Armando Evangelista’s side had strung together a four-game unbeaten run, accumulating eight points from 12 available in the process. At home, the Arouquenses‘ lost their last two on the bounce, including a 0-6 loss to Sporting Braga last time out. In fact, across those aforementioned matches they’ve conceded 10 times while netting once themselves. This will be their fifth home meeting with Benfica and they’ve so far tasted one victory which came in August 2015 when they ran out 1-0 winners.
FC Arouca predicted XI: Braga; Thales, Basso, Ba, Quaresma; Moreira, L. Silva; Bukia, Eboue, Arsenio; A. Silva.
Benfica team news
Momentum is slipping away for Benfica who following the conclusion of matchday 12 sat two points behind top spot. Now heading into this week’s showdown they remain third but Primeira Liga leaders Porto are nine points ahead. A reason for that has been the Eagles inconsistent performance across their past six league outings: three wins, two draws and one defeat (which came at Porto on matchday 16). Newly-appointed boss Nélson Veríssimo has so far been in charge of four league matches winning just the once. He will be seeking his second victory and Benfica’s third away win in four outings.
Benfica predicted XI: Vlachodimos; Gilberto, Otamendi, Morato, Grimaldo; Silva, Mario, Weigl, Bernardo; Seferovic, Nunez.
Primeira Liga 2021/22 recent form:
- FC Arouca: LLDLL
- Benfica: DWLWW
Scoreline prediction: FC Arouca 0-2 Benfica
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