FC Porto vs Arouca
Portugal Primeira Liga
Date: Saturday, 22nd October, 2016
Kick-off: 20:30 UK
Venue: Estadio do Dragao, Porto.
One of the most popular teams in the country FC Porto have returned from Belgium with three huge points to keep their UEFA Champions League hopes alive. Stoppage time goal by Andre Silva secured the first group stage victory for The Dragons, who will be continuing their domestic campaign on this Saturday.
Primeira Liga match against Arouca might not sound that interesting like the duel against Club Brugge, but it is very important to keep the pace with two leading teams Benfica and Sporting Lisbon. The task shouldn’t be hard for Porto, at least on the paper. They have won all their home matches in the domestic championship and conceded only one goal. It is true that the names of their opponents don’t belong to the upper part of Portuguese Primeira Liga table, but the performance was phenomenal.
Arouca have entered this season with one sole goal, which is to avoid relegation at all costs. They are not succeeding so far as we can find them under the red line after seven games played with only five points on their bank. The bookies awarded them the role of big underdogs with huge 16/1 to win the match at Dragao.
Porto vs Arouca: Head-to-Head Stats
When it comes to the previous head-to-head clashes between these two sides, Porto have the bigger edge. They have won five out of the total six matches played so far, but it is very interesting to mention that the last one was won by Arouca 2-1 in February.
Porto vs Arouca: Prediction
We believe that Porto will lack some fitness for this game after so many tough matches in the UEFA Champions League. This may cause them to start the match in a bit slower fashion than usual, so Under 1.5 HT goals seems like a good choice. Arouca will probably park the bus and attack in rare occasions.
Porto vs Arouca: Betting Tips
Under 1.5 Goals in First Half at 1.55 (8/15)
Porto to keep a clean sheet at 2.25 (5/4).