Seeking to pick up their first home win in eight games, Estoril Praia play host to Arouca at the Estadio Antonio Coimbra da Mota in round 18 of the Primeira Liga on Saturday. The visitors, who are bottom but one in the league table, head into the game without a win in five consecutive games and will look to end this dry spell and pull clear of the relegation places.
Estoril Praia were left empty-handed once again in the Primeira Liga as they fell to a disappointing 3-2 defeat at the hands of title-chasing Porto last Saturday. After heading into the break with a two-goal lead through goals from Arthur Gomes and Andre Franco, the Canarinhos simply collapsed in the second half as Mehdi Taremi, Luis Diaz and Francisco Conceicao scored to turn the tie around and hand the Dragoes all three points.
Prior to that, Bruno Pinheiro’s side saw their Taca de Portugal campaign come to an end courtesy of a 3-1 defeat against Tondela on December 21, before falling to a slender 1-0 loss at Moreirense one week later.
We say: Estoril Praia 1-1 Arouca
Both sides have struggled to get going in recent weeks and we expect them to take the game to each other in search of a morale-boosting win. However, we predict the spoils will be shared at the sound of the full-time whistle with the hosts ending their losing streak.
This match will start from 9:00 pm
This match will take place on 7 January, 2023
Estoril Praia will take to the pitch without the services of Lucas Africo after the Brazilian defender picked up a season-ending injury against Vizela back in November.
With his strike against the Dragoes, Franco now boasts 11 goal involvements in 17 league outings this season and the 23-year-old will definitely be one to keep an eye out for.
Meanwhile, Arouca head into the game with several absentees down the spine of the team as the likes of Sema Velazquez, Moses Yaw and Brazilian goalkeeper Fernando Augustine have all been sidelined through injuries.
Veteran midfielder Marco Soares is currently on international duty with Cape Verde at the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations, while the duo of Andre Silva and Oday Dabbagh miss out due to suspension after both seeing red against Belenenses last time out.
Silva; Bruno, Farraresi, Vital, Joaozinho; Loreintz, Gamboa, Franco; Gomes, Fonte, Laurenco
Braga; Thales, Basso, Ba, Quaresma; L Silva, Eboue, Kouassi; Bukia, Nunes, Moreira
Looking at the bookies’ prices on the win-draw-win market, a victory for Arouca can be had for 2.25, going for the game finishing all-square is 3.3 & selecting victory for Estoril comes in at 3.24. They are the best of the prices offered right now.
Our expert partners are tipping under 3.5 goals for this match.
Our analysis of all available data, including recent performances and player stats, suggests the most likely outcome of this match is a Estoril Praia win with a probability of 36.63%. A win for Arouca has a probability of 35.35% and a draw has a probability of 28%.
The most likely scoreline for a Estoril Praia win is 0-1 with a probability of 11.33%. The next most likely scorelines for that outcome are 1-2 (7.82%) and 0-2 (6.73%). The likeliest Arouca win is 1-0 (11.08%), while for a drawn scoreline it is 1-1 (13.16%).
Arouca vs Estoril Praia a great match to watch, Arouca Will Win.