Moreirense vs Arouca
Portuguese Primeira Liga
Date: Saturday, 17th December 2016
Kick-off at 18:15 UK
Venue: Parque Joaquim de Almeida Freitas.
It has been a real struggle for Moreirense FC to get a foot hold in Portuguese Primeira Liga this season. They had already lost 8 of their 13 league matches this season and are currently 1 space above the automatic relegation zone. And that too only by the virtue of a better goal difference against 17th placed Feirense.
Moreirense lost to Chaves by a 2-1 margin last weekend, which is their 6th defeat in 7 matches. Their last home match was a 3-1 win over Nacional, which is their home win this season.
Arouca were denied a point in the dying seconds by Rio Ave in their matchday 13 fixture. It seems to finish in a goal-less draw, but an own goal from Nelsinho in the 89th minute broke the deadlock before Ronan doubled the advantage within a minute. Arouca were coming on the back of consecutive wins with clean sheets and the defeat against Rio Ave pushed them below to 12th in the league table.
Moreirense vs Arouca: Head-to-head Stats
Moreirense bagged 3 wins from the 4 league meetings against Arouca, while losing once. Two of those wins came away from home and at home they won and lost one each.
It is pretty even if you look at the last 8 meetings between the two sides in the Primeira Liga as the teams share 4 wins each.
Moreirense vs Arouca: Prediction
This will be more like a cup match with both teams looking for nothing less than a win. Neither of them are in particularly good form and we can also rule out home advantage. However, Arouca are a traditionally poor away team. They are also dealt with a blow last weekend as Artur Bernardes, the creative player in their midfield is suspended for this fixture. It is advantage Moreirense and they are poised to squeeze out a narrow win on Saturday.
The predicted full-time correct score is a 2-1 win in favour of the home team at the odds of 9/1 (10.00).
Moreirense vs Arouca: Bet Tips
Moreirense to win at 5/4 (2.25)
Over 2.5 goals at 7/5 (2.40)
Both Teams to Score at 8/7 (2.15).