Our prediction for this Portugal Primeira Liga match:
Guimaraes play host to Arouca at their Estadio D. Afonso Henriques in the Primeira Liga round 24. Os Vimaranenses aim to build on back-to-back wins over Braga and Santa Clara, and they are seen as favourites to beat Arouca in front of home fans. A man to keep an eye on in the home team will be Safira, who scored a brace at the weekend, while defender Jorge Fernandes remains on the sidelines with injury.
Arouca, on the other hand, have been struggling on the travels of late, which is probably the main reason why home win should be considered. Defender Quaresma Correia is back from suspension, while midfielder Vitinho remains in the recovery room, speaking of the away team. Mujica is widely expected to lead the line for the visiting side despite failing to find the net in a goalless draw with Boavista.
Highlighted Team (Guimaraes):
Vitoria Guimaraes have always been in the shadow of famous Portuguese sides Porto, Benfica and Sporting, but over the years they have established themselves as a top-table side in the Primeira Liga. Os Vimaranenses did well to win Taca de Portugal in the 2012/2013 season, wi the team beating Benfica in the final of the domestic cup.
Vitoria Guimaraes finished the 2016/2017 Primeira Liga campaign in fourth place in the standings and, as a result, they booked their place in the Europa League qualifiers. The Portuguese side will face the likes of Salzburg, Konyaspor and Olympic Marseille in Group I and they are seen as underdogs in their group. Vitoria Guimaraes welcome their rivals at Estadio D. Alfonso Henriques and the venue can hold up to 30.000 spectators.
Os Vimaranenses play their home games in white shirts and white shorts, whilst they wear black when playing on the road. Their neighbours Braga are considered Guimaraes’ fiercest rivals and the two teams face each other in the derby of Minho Province.