Benfica and Arouca get the 2022/23 Primeira Liga season underway when they meet at Estádio da Luz on Friday at 8:15pm (UK time).
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Newly-appointed Eagles head coach Roger Schmidt has inherited a side that finished third but well off the pace in last season’s competition. As for Arouca, they just about staved off relegation having ended the campaign two points above the drop zone.
Benfica team news
After their disappointing 2021/22 campaign, Benfica cut ties with Jorge Jesus and have installed Schmidt as his successor. The former PSV Eindhoven head coach has been joined in the Portuguese capital by no fewer than six players including winger David Neres and midfielder Enzo Fernández both of whom are looking to make their full debut.
In terms of their pre-season preparations, the Eagles have been electric having won six of their seven club friendlies subsequently registering 18 goals while conceding six times.
FC Arouca team news
Having staved off relegation last term, Arouca will be looking to enjoy a more comfortable campaign this season. In order to achieve that aim they bolstered Armando Evangelista’s squad by signing no fewer than eight free agents including Oriol Busquets while defensive midfielder Ismaila Soro joined on loan from Celtic.
Pre-season has been a mixed bag with Arouca picking up two wins across four games. Heading into round one they’ll be without injured pair José Manuel Velázquez and Yaw Moses.
Scoreline prediction: Benfica 3-0 FC Arouca
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