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Preview: Benfica vs. Arouca - predictions, team news, line-ups

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Sports Mole previews Friday’s Primeira Liga clash between Benfica and Arouca. This includes predictions, team news and possible lineups.

The 2022-23 Portugal Primeira Liga campaign kicks off on Friday, with the 2018-19 champions Benfica to host Arouca At the Estadio do Sport Lisbon e Benfica.

Arouquenses head into this weekend with a disappointing six-game losing streak against a record 37 league winners and will be desperate to end their poor record.

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Benfica finished third in Portugal’s Primeira Liga for the second consecutive year, scoring 74 points in 34 league games last season.

Agias lost six last season, their most since 2010/11, leaving them 17 points behind league champions Porto with 23 wins and five draws.

Benfica head into the weekend after a 4-1 win at home to Midtjylland in the first leg of the third round of Champions League qualifying on Tuesday.

in case of absence Darwin NunesThe 21-year-old completed a record transfer to Liverpool this summer Gonzalo Ramos Scored a hat-trick and saw off the Danish Superliga outfit.

This followed a stellar preseason campaign. Roger Schmidtmen won five games, scored 17 goals and conceded five.

Benfica have now won all of their last seven games in all competitions, all the way back to their 1-0 loss to Porto in May. They aim to continue in the same vein and get the 2022-23 league campaign off to a strong start.

Andre Bukia of Arouca against Mateus Reis of Sporting Lisbon on 5 March 2022© Reuters

Meanwhile, Arouca avoided relegation with nothing but the skin of their teeth last season as they finished 15th in the relegation play-off spot, two points ahead of 16th-placed Moreirense.

Arouquenses scored 31 points after winning 7, drawing 10 and losing 19 out of 34 matches in the previous campaign. This was just 3 points ahead of Tondela in the automatic relegation zone.

Their dominant performance has hinged on a staircase struggle on the attacking side of the pitch, where they scored the third fewest goals last season (30), only Pacos de Ferreira (29) and Belenenses (23) scoring more. I scored less points.

Armando EvangelistaDespite losing to Braga and Porto respectively, they have won 2 wins and 1 draw from their 5 matches.

They look to start their domestic duties in the best possible shape, but are now undefeated in 12 of their last 13 meetings, winning all of their last six meetings since 2010. is the opposing team holding the

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Benfica Nelson Bellissimo on 13 April 2022© Reuters

Benfica joins the first day of clashes without the Brazilian defender’s services Lucas Verissimohas been on hiatus since November last year due to a serious knee injury.

The Portuguese youngster Ramos must put in a top-quality performance on Tuesday, scoring a hat-trick in a 4-1 victory over FC Mittilán in Champions League qualifiers, and the 21-year-old must lead the hosts. Attack again.

He should join the former Ajax starlet in the final third David Neresset 2 of the 4 goals against the Danish outfit, and Rafa Silvarecorded 23 goal involvements in the league last season.

On the other side of the pitch we expect to see an unaltered back four. Gilberto, Felipe Morato, Nicholas Otamendi When Alejandro Grimaldo shield 28 years old Odysseus Vracodimus between the bars.

Arouca sign ex-Corinthians forward VitinhoHe made 22 appearances for Brasileiro Serie A last season, scoring three goals.

Evangelista is André Silvawas an outstanding performer at Alouquences last season, scoring nine goals and scoring three more after the 25-year-old forward completed his move to Vitoria de Guimaraes.

In his absence, 23 years old Oday Dubber Should be a star of attack for the visitors this season, with the Brazilian youngster joining the top Anthony Alves and 28 years old Alan Lewis.

Candidates for Benfica’s starting XI:
Vracodimus; Gilberto, Otamendi, Morato, Grimaldo. Fernandez, Luis, Mario.Neres, Ramos, Silva

Arouca Possible Starting Lineup:
Zubas; Thales, Esgaio, Basso, Araujo. Silva, Simao. Antony, Luis, Vitinho.Dabagh

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We say: Benfica 3-0 Arouca

Benfica have been nearly unbeatable in recent weeks and are hoping for a chance against an opposition that has lost all six of their last matchups between the teams. We expect the visitors to put up a good fight, but are in favor of AS Aguias extending their dominance in this match and grabbing a comfortable opening day win.

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