Arouca will be looking to pick up their first win of the 2022-23 Primeira Liga campaign as they welcome Gil Vicente to the Estadio Municipal de Arouca on Monday.
Meanwhile, the visitors head into the contest unbeaten in five consecutive matches across all competitions, and will be looking to make it two wins from their opening two league matches.
Arouca experienced a forgettable start to the campaign as they were on the receiving end of a 4-0 defeat away to Benfica when the sides met last Friday.
In a contest where Mateus Quaresma received his marching orders, goals from Gilberto, Enzo Fernandez and a brace from Rafa Silva saw Aguias stroll to a comfortable opening-day victory.
The Arouquenses had previously endured a shaky pre-season campaign, picking up two wins, one draw and losing two of their five friendly matches while scoring six goals and shipping nine in the process.
Arouca head into Monday’s contest unbeaten in each of their last four Primeiraa Liga matches, picking up two wins and two draws since a 1-0 defeat against Pacos de Ferreira on March 12.
Meanwhile, Gil Vivente secured their spot in the fourth round of the Europa Conference League qualifiers, as they claimed a 4-0 victory over Rica FC last time out.
Having played out a 1-1 draw in Latvia on August 3, goals from Fran Navarro, Kevin Villodres and an own goal from Ngonda Muzinga put Ivo Vieira’s side in a commanding half-time lead before Navarro capped off a fine team performance with a 76th-minute penalty.
The Gilistas now turn their focus to the Primeira Liga, where they began their new campaign with a 1-0 victory over Pacos de Ferreira last Monday.
They are now unbeaten in each of their last five matches across all competitions, picking up three wins and two draws.
Arouca vs Gil Vicente head to head
The two teams have previously met on 10 occasions across all competitions, where Arouca have claimed six victories while they have drawn in four. Gil Vicente have scored seven goals and conceded 18 in the process. In their last five meetings, Arouca have won four while they have drawn once.
Arouca 3-1 Gil Vicente 22/03/15
Arouca 1-0 Gil Vicente 22/10/17
Gil Vicente 0-3 Arouca 25/03/18
Gil Vicente 1-1 Arouca 05/11/21
Arouca 2-1 Gil Vicente 02/04/22
Arouca latest home form
Arouca have recently been on a good run of form at home, having been unbeaten in their six most recent matches. They played out a goalless draw with Chaves in their last home game in a friendly. In their last five matches, they have scored three goals and conceded just one.
Arouca 1-1 Santa Clara 15/04/22
Arouca 1-0 Portimonense 30/04/22
Arouca 0-0 Belenenses 14/05/22
Arouca 1-0 Feirense 20/07/22
Arouca 0-0 Chaves 23/07/22
Arouca latest away form
Arouca have recently failed to keep a good run of form on the road, having lost each of their five most recent matches. They lost 4-0 to Benfica in their last away game in the league. In their last five matches, they have scored just three goals and conceded 11.
Boavista 1-0 Arouca 09/04/22
Vizela 2-1 Arouca 22/04/22
Sporting Braga 1-0 Arouca 08/05/22
Sporting Braga 3-2 Arouca 12/07/22
Benfica 4-0 Arouca 05/08/22
Gil Vicente latest home form
Gil Vicente have recently been on a good run of form at home, having been unbeaten in their five most recent matches. They defeated Riga 4-0 in their last home game in the Europa Conference League. In their last five matches, they have scored 11 goals and conceded just one.
Gil Vicente 1-1 Pacos Ferreira 23/04/22
Gil Vicente 3-0 Tondela 08/05/22
Gil Vicente 2-0 Penafiel 13/07/22
Gil Vicente 1-0 Pacos Ferriera 08/08/22
Gil Vicente 4-0 Riga 11/08/22
Gil Vicente latest away form
Gil Vicente have recently failed to keep a good run of form on the road, having won just one of their six most recent matches. They drew 1-1 with Riga in their last away game in the Europa Conference League. In their last five matches, they have scored seven goals and conceded 14.
Famalicao 2-2 Gil Vicente 15/04/22
Sporting Lisbon 4-1 Gil Vicente 01/05/22
Vitoria Guimaraes 5-0 Gil Vicente 15/05/22
Vizela 2-3 Gil Vicente 27/07/22
Riga 1-1 Gil Vicente 03/08/22
Arouca will make do without defender Mateus Quaresma, who picked up a straight red in the first half against Benfica last weekend.
In his absence, Rafael Fernandes could earn a spot, teaming up with Tiago Esgaio, Joao Basso and Jerome Opoku, while Sema Velazguez remains sidelined with an ACL injury.
Gil Vicente news
Vieira will be unable to call upon the services of Murilo de Souza after he sustained an ACL injury in January’s game against Boavista.
He is joined on the injury list by goalkeeper Stanislav Kritsyuk, who has been sidelined since last November through a knee injury, while Navarro should lead the attack.
Prediction and Odds
Arouca will be looking to get their 2022-23 Primeira Liga campaign up and running, but they face a spirited Gil Vicente side who have hit the ground running this season.
We are expecting the Gilistas to have enough quality to come out on top and end their winless run against the Arouquenses.
Odds: 1 2.30 X 2.05 2 2.22
Arouca 0-1 Gil Vicente
Arouca 0-2 Gil Vicente
Arouca 1-2 Gil Vicente
Arouca 0-0 Gil Vicente
Arouca 1-1 Gil Vicente