Benfica vs Arouca
Taca de Portugal
Date: Thursday, 22 November 2018
Kick-Off at 20:45 UK / 21:45 CET
Venue: Estadio da Luz (Lisbon).
The international break is over and Benfica will be back in action on Thursday evening when they play host to Arouca in the fourth round of Portuguese Cup. The Eagles will be hoping to improve their poor run in the previous term of the competition when they were stopped in the last 16 round by Rio Ave.
The hosts come into the game as heavy favourites due to the gulf in quality between the two teams. Arouca were relegated from the top flight two years ago and they don’t look to have intentions of returning there any time soon.
Aroquenses sit at a disappointing 13th place after 9 rounds of the competition in Segunda Liga. They’ve been playing hot and cold so far in the campaign, but will come into this with an improved confidence after beating Leixoes 2-0 at home ten days ago in the previous league round.
Benfica vs Arouca: Head-to-head
Arouca were never a tricky opposition to Benfica who won 8, drew 1 and lost 1 of 10 head to head encounters.
The Eagles notched five goals in two H2H games with Aroquenses back in the 2016/17 Primeira Liga campaign.
Three or more goals were seen in 8 of 10 H2H outings between these two likes.
Benfica vs Arouca: Prediction
Rui Vitoria’s men got off to a slower start to the season in Primeira Liga. They sit at a disappointing 4th place after 10 rounds being four points shy on table-toppers Porto. They shockingly lost the previous home tie in the league to Moreirense 1-3.
Things do not look good after four rounds of the Champions League round robin stage as the Eagles need a miracle to overtake Ajax who are four points away in second with two games left to play. The cup match with Arouca might well serve as a confidence-booster for the hosts who are looking to raise the spirits ahead of the trip to Allianz Arena and the clash with Bayern Munich on Tuesday.
We’ll back the Over 2.5 goals FT as a banker bet at 1.60 based on the head to head tradition and Benfica’s motivation to clinch a comprehensive victory on the home patch.
Benfica vs Arouca: Bet Tips
Over 2.5 goals FT @ 1.60 (3/5)
HT/FT Benfica/Benfica @ 1.57 (4/7).