Evenly matched teams: Arouca vs Belenenses match preview

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Competition: Portugal Primeira Liga
Competition: Sat 14.May
Match begins: 14:30 (UTC)
Venue: Estádio Municipal de Arouca (5600 seats)

This fixture involves two teams dwelling in the basement of the Primeira Liga, Arouca holding 15th position and Belenenses lying 18th. A nice chance for one of the participants to boost their situation.

Insights:
  • Arouca haven’t played a single 0-0 game at home.
  • Belenenses have the fewest scored goals (23) in Primeira Liga

Relegation threatens Arouca who should definitely be looking for some points here. Belenenses are struggling to avoid relegation.

Both teams have had a decent time to rest since their previous game. Let's have faith in that this will be an active fixture!

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Arouca form and stats

The story so far in the Primeira Liga for Arouca at their home stadium (Estádio Municipal de Arouca) is 5 wins, 3 draws and 8 defeats. When Arouca hosts teams that live in the bottom of the table (like Vizela, Tondela, Portimonense, Arouca and Moreirense), they have won 2 of 4 matches!

Arouca lost their last game at Sporting Braga (placed 4th) after a 0-1 scoreline. Ruiz (midfield was the top team player in that game with a rating of 7.83/10. Ruiz hit four key passes and had 26 successful passes (of 32 total).

Previous to that game, a home match hosting Portimonense in a game that was won 1-0.

The bookmakers consider this a fairly even contest. One could say only the home advantage separates the teams. It could be relevant to look at how Arouca have performed in matches similar to this (as small favourites). Our database has found six matches with the results: Won one, drawn three and lost two.

Arouca have scored 15 league goals here from 16 matches, not a lot. Arouca have conceded 29 from these games. There's been improvement defensively lately, as only 2 of these goals has been conceded in their last three home matches. Arouca has at home met teams with this table position (low), four times. It has ended with less than 2.5 goals 3 of 4 times.

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Belenenses form and stats

Belenenses have only collected 7 points from their away games in the Primeira Liga, after 0-7-9 (16 played). Travelling has not been lucrative for the away team as they have returned home without a win in 16 away games in a row.

Belenenses might have something to prove in this game as they lost at home in their previous match. Famalicao proved too strong as Belenenses slumped to a 2-3 defeat in front of their own fans at Estádio Nacional. Late heartbreak for Belenenses in the Famalicao match, as the deciding 2-3 goal came deep into overtime. Midfielder Baraye was the best performer of that match, with a rating of 8.05. Baraye scored one goal and hit three key passes.

A loss against Sporting Braga was the result prior to that, in a home game.

So, this is expected to be a close game, an even contest. Looking at earlier matches with Belenenses playing away and similar expectations, we found seven relevant matches. Results were one Belenenses win, three draws and three defeats.

Goals are few and far between in Belenenses's away league games. Only 8 goals from 16 travels. Defensive performances away have varied in quality as Belenenses have conceded 25 goals on the road. For more goal statistics, check out the Statistics tab above.

Head 2 Head

Belenenses - Arouca 2-1 was the end result in these participants' previous h2h match, earlier this season. H2H stats regardless of arena (last ten matches): Arouca three wins, three draws and Belenenses four victories. As for goals, four matches ended with three or more goals (over 2,5), six games had two or less. The games between these sides have had a tendency to be aggressive, having seen 6 sending-offs from the last ten duels.

Top Goalscorers

AroucaA. Oliveira Silva
A. Oliveira Silva
9 goals
BelenensesA. Pelegrini Safira
A. Pelegrini Safira
6 goals
BelenensesA. Camará
A. Camará
5 goals

Arouca missing players

Belenenses missing players

Arouca Belenenses
Total Home vs low Statistics Stat vs low Away Total
33 16 4 Played P 4 16 33
7 5 2 Won W 0 0 5
9 3 1 Drew D 1 7 10
17 8 1 Lost L 3 9 18
30 15 5 Scored S 2 8 23
54 29 5 Conceded C 9 25 55
94% 100% 100% Over 0.5 O 0.5 100% 81% 88%
82% 88% 75% Over 1.5 O 1.5 100% 69% 70%
52% 50% 25% Over 2.5 O 2.5 25% 25% 33%
18% 19% 25% Over 3.5 O 3.5 25% 25% 24%
6% 12% 25% Over 4.5 O 4.5 25% 6% 15%
55% 50% 50% BTTS BTTS 50% 38% 42%
12% 12% 50% Clean Sheets C S 0% 19% 21%
39% 38% 0% Failed to Score F T 50% 62% 48%
 
4.8 4.8 5.5 Corners for (avg) C F 5 4.2 3.8
4.5 4.8 4.8 Corners against (avg) C A 4 5.8 5.9
2.9 2.8 2.8 Yellow cards (avg) Y C 3 3.4 3.6
6 2 1 Red cards R C 1 5 11
 
12.7 12.7 14.2 Shots (avg) S ( 12.5 10.8 9.5
3.8 4.1 4.5 Shots on Target (avg) S O 3.2 2.9 2.8
24% 23% 28% Goal Efficiency G E 15% 17% 24%
 
11.2 10.7 9 Shots against (avg) S A 13.2 15.8 16
4.2 4.6 4.2 Shots on Target against (avg) S O 5 4.8 4.8
Key stats in Primeira Liga this season:
  • Arouca haven’t played a single 0-0 game at home.
  • Belenenses have conceded at least twice as many goals as they have scored.
  • Belenenses have the fewest matches over the total-line (3) in Primeira Liga
  • Belenenses have the fewest points (7) away in Primeira Liga
  • Belenenses have the fewest scored goals (23) in Primeira Liga
  • Belenenses have the fewest scored goals (8) away in Primeira Liga
  • Belenenses have the fewest scored goals in the second half (12) in Primeira Liga
  • Belenenses have the most conceded goals in the first half (32) in Primeira Liga
  • Belenenses have the the worst goal difference (-32) in Primeira Liga
  • Belenenses have yet to win a game away.

  Total Home Away  
# Team MP W D L F A MP W D L F A MP W D L F A +/- P
1 Porto 33 28 4 1 84 22 16 14 2 0 48 11 17 14 2 1 36 11 62 88
2 Sporting CP 33 26 4 3 69 23 16 13 1 2 30 8 17 13 3 1 39 15 46 82
3 Benfica 33 22 5 6 76 30 17 10 3 4 36 16 16 12 2 2 40 14 46 71
4 Sporting Braga 33 19 8 6 50 28 17 10 4 3 27 13 16 9 4 3 23 15 22 65
5 Gil Vicente 33 13 12 8 47 37 17 6 6 5 25 19 16 7 6 3 22 18 10 51
6 Vitoria Guimaraes 33 12 9 12 45 41 16 8 3 5 29 20 17 4 6 7 16 21 4 45
7 Santa Clara 33 9 13 11 38 50 17 8 6 3 24 23 16 1 7 8 14 27 -12 40
8 Estoril 33 9 12 12 36 41 17 4 8 5 21 21 16 5 4 7 15 20 -5 39
9 Maritimo 33 9 11 13 39 43 16 4 6 6 19 16 17 5 5 7 20 27 -4 38
10 Pacos de Ferreira 33 9 11 13 29 42 16 5 6 5 19 20 17 4 5 8 10 22 -13 38
11 Boavista 33 7 16 10 37 50 17 4 10 3 20 20 16 3 6 7 17 30 -13 37
12 Famalicao 33 8 12 13 42 49 16 4 7 5 19 19 17 4 5 8 23 30 -7 36
13 Portimonense 33 9 8 16 30 45 17 4 4 9 15 22 16 5 4 7 15 23 -15 35
14 Vizela 33 7 12 14 36 54 17 4 7 6 16 21 16 3 5 8 20 33 -18 33
15 Arouca 33 7 9 17 30 54 16 5 3 8 15 29 17 2 6 9 15 25 -24 30
16 Tondela 33 7 6 20 39 65 16 4 3 9 22 31 17 3 3 11 17 34 -26 27
17 Moreirense 33 6 8 19 29 50 16 4 3 9 18 22 17 2 5 10 11 28 -21 26
18 Belenenses 33 5 10 18 23 55 17 5 3 9 15 30 16 0 7 9 8 25 -32 25

Read more about Primeira Liga

The Primeira Liga, also known as Liga NOS, is the top level of football in Portugal. It has 18 teams each playing 34 fixtures to decide the final league table. Portuguese football is dominated by “The Big Three”: Benfica, Porto and Sporting CP (Lisbon). These three clubs generally end up in the top three positions.