Benfica – Arouca SOCCER PICKS
In the 16th Decimal Cup of Portugal, on Thursday, November 22, the Benfica Lisboa – FC Arouca will be played. The confrontation will take place on “Estadio da Luz” starting at 20:45. “Vultures” make the last rehearsal before the duel with Bayern Munchen in the Champions League.
Benfica managed to put an end to a series of four consecutive games without a victory, after being forced into the final stage of the championship, 3-1 away from Tondela. Although he has seen the lead from the first minute, Jonas, Seferovic and Silva have turned the game’s fate to the end. After missing in the first part of the season due to an injury, Jonas seems to be back in shape, despite his age (34 years). The Brazilian scored in each of the last three games he played in. Having a second division now, the “vultures” now have the chance to consolidate their morale before confronting the “Allianz Arena”. Benfica needs a positive result to hope for the UCL spring.
On the other hand, Arouca has a fairly modest season. With only 10 points accumulated in 9 stages, it only occupies the 13th position in the ranking, one point away from the red area. Far from the shape of the previous edition when he still hoped for a possible promotion in the final stages. He has scored two victories and three defeats in five moves so far. Only in two of these games the table has undergone more than two changes.
In the last direct confrontation, disputed in February 2017, Benfica beat the score of 3-0. It was the 8th success achieved in the 10 direct matches recorded. In all the victories he has managed to score at least two goals.