Our prediction for this Portugal Primeira Liga match:
Monday’s football game between Vitoria Guimaraes and Arouca will bring down the curtain on the Primeira Liga round 17. Guimaraes have been producing fine displays of late, especially at home ground and you should know that they are after their third consecutive win at Estadio F. Afonso Henriques. Midfielder Joao Mendes is widely expected to return to the starting XI after scoring as a substitute in a 1-1 draw with Braga, while there are no fresh injury worries in the home team.
Arouca, on the other hand, failed to impress in a 3-0 loss to Benfica, which is yet another reason why we are going to bet on the in-form hosts. In their last meeting in the national championship Arouca defeated Guimaraes 2-0, meaning that the hosts are hungry for revenge. Daniel Sousa should have a full squad to choose from for Monday’s encounter.
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.