Arouca vs Sporting Braga Portuguese Primeira Liga Date: 30 December 2021, Thursday Kick-off at 19:00 UK / 20:00 CET Venue: Estadio Municipal de Arouca (Arouca).
Sporting Braga will be hoping to arrest the current slump in form on Thursday evening when they travel to Estadio Municipal de Arouca to battle newly-promoted Arouca side in the 16th round of Portuguese Primeira Liga.
Sporting Braga won’t come into this tie in the highest of spirits having lost three of the last four fixtures in all competitions.
The latest failure came seven days ago when Carlos Carvalhal’s troops suffered an unexpected Portuguese Cup elimination after a 1-0 defeat at Vizela.
Braga had two men sent off in that tie. It was the team’s fifth consecutive defeat on travels across competitions.
Sporting Braga scored only one goal in the last three away games in all competitions. They should have more room to deliver up front here against Arouca who have been anything but impressive offensively so far in the season.
Arouca took only one point in the last three Primeira Liga affairs. They have conceded six goals in back-to-back defeats to the likes of Santa Clara and Vizela before holding Portimonense to a 1-1 draw in the previous round.
The team led by Armando Evangelista tend to score loads at home, though. They bagged at least two goals in four of the last six home outings in the league.
This is why we would not be surprised to see them on target here against Braga who have been allowing way too many goals themselves in the recent outings, especially on travels.
Arouca vs Sporting Braga Head-to-head
Sporting Braga were much more successful than Arouca historically, winning 6, drawing 4, and losing only 1 of the last 11 head to head meetings.
Braga won and drew three games apiece of the last six encounters against Arouca.
Only one of the last seven head to head fixtures between these two rivals produced three or more goals.
Arouca vs Sporting Braga Prediction
Sporting Braga do have the quality on their side and we can hardly argue against the away win pick here.
However, backing goals at both ends seems as an even better option at the odds of 1.90 if we know that Arouca scored two or more goals in four of the last six home outings across competitions.