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The Portuguese Primeira Liga returns with a new series of games as Benfica welcome Arouca on Saturday at the Estadio Sport Lisboa e Benfica.
The hosts enter the game after a 2-0 win over Spartak Moscow, while the guests were beaten 2-0 by Estoril Praia last Saturday.
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Benfica continued their battle for a place in the Champions League qualifying finals when they took a 2-0 second leg win against Russian club Spartak Moscow.
After Jorge Jesus’ men had already won a 2-0 victory in Russia, they showed another class and achieved a 4-0 overall victory with goals from Joao Mario and an own goal by the French defender Samuel Gigot.
Back at home, Aguias started his Primeira Liga season with a 2-1 win over Moreirense thanks to quick goals in the first half of Lucas Verissimo and Luca Waldschmidt in 11 minutes.
They go into Saturday’s game in good shape after taking seven wins and one draw this season.
Next up for Benfica is a duel with Arouca, who ended their five-year absence in the Primeira Liga with a 5-0 aggregate win over Rio Ave in the playoffs in May.
Arouquenses was denied a dream start in the league last Saturday when they suffered a 2-0 defeat against new signing Estoril Praia.
In an action-packed affair at the Estadio Municipal de Arouca, André Franco and Ryotaro Meshino scored the victory of last year’s winner in the Segunda League in both halves.
This followed last Sunday’s 1-0 defeat against Rio Ave, which condemned Armando Evangelista‘s men to an early exit from the Taca da Liga.
While the guests on Saturday will try to avoid a third consecutive defeat, they will face an opposing team that is unbeaten in 10 of the last 11 games in all competitions.
Arouca’s only win came in August 2015 thanks to a goal from the 32-year-old striker in the second minute Robertobut Benfica have since taken four straight wins, scored 10 goals and conceded three.
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The hosts remain without a defender André Almeidawho has been on hiatus since last October with a protracted knee injury.
Swiss striker Haris Seferovic suffered a muscle injury in the 37th minute of last Wednesday’s Champions League qualifier against Spartak Moscow and is expected to miss the game.
Diogo Goncalves will also suspend the game as he serves the first of three games after receiving his marching orders against Moreirense while Jan Vertonghen is a big doubt after having a thigh problem last time.
Arouca, on the other hand, will have to do without the newly signed Brazilian midfielder Antony Santoswho has been out of action due to an injury since March.
In the meantime, Lawrence Ofori It is expected to fit right in the middle of the park after being loaned out by parent club Famalicao for the second year in a row.
Benfica possible starting line-up:
Vlachodimos; Vertonghen, Otamendi, Verissimo; Grimaldo, Weigl, Mario, Gilberto; Pizza, Silva, Ramos
Arouca possible starting line-up:
Braga; Thales, Aloe, Velazquez, Joel; Silva, Moreira; Bukia, Ofori, Nunes; Silva
Probability: Benfica 3-0 Arouca
Benfica started their 2021-22 season in front of them and recorded three wins from three competitive games.
We expect them to keep the Moloch going and get a comfortable win over Arouca as they have a much stronger and more experienced squad.
Best betting tip for this match
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