Thursday, 28 July 2016

Heracles Almelo vs Arouca UEFA Europa League Qualifiers Match Preview And Prediction - July 28, 2016


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Dutch side Heracles will be making their 1st appearance in Europe this year. They enter the Europa League fold at the 3rd qualifying round stage. They will be looking to make their mark on European football after finishing 6th in the Eredivisie. After the regular season finished, in Holland they had a Europa League playoff group of 4 teams. Heracles went on to win the playoff final, placing them in this year’s European competition.

Arouca finished 5th in the Portuguese Primeira Liga in May. Braga in 4th also qualify but have a bye to the group stages.

7 in and 5 out this summer at Heracles. They have added 1 defender, 2 midfielders and 4 forwards to bolster their squad ready for the increase of games this season. There has been a lot less movement at Arouca. Just the 1 joining the club. Brazilian midfielder Karl from Tondela is the only new addition to date. 3 players move away from the club. 1 player being Maurides who, being Brazilian, has returned to his homeland to play his football for the foreseeable future with Internacional.

Heracles have played 6 games in the build up to this encounter with Arouca. They have won 4, drawn 1 and lost 1.However, they have scored in all 6 games, totalling an outstanding 40 goals! This averages out to be 6.67 goals scored per game. Heracles have only conceded 4 goals in those 6.

Arouca reported back to training after their summer break later than Heracles. They have played only 2 friendlies since then. Winning both – 1 game was 9-0 at home to Mealhada. The other was an away victory against Famalicao. That game finished 2-0 in Arouca’s favour.

Wout Weghorst was Heracles’ top scorer last season with 14 goals in 37 league games. He has moved on to join AZ, also in Holland. This means they need to fill the gap, hence 4 strikers coming in to the club. Walter Gonzalez was last season’s top scorer at Arouca. The young Paraguayan striker found the net 7 times in 16 games in Primeira Liga.

As mentioned, Heracles average 6.67 goals per game this pre-season, conceding 0.67 a match. Arouca have scored 11 in 2 games, averaging at 5.50 goals scored per game. They are yet to concede this summer.

Our prediction for this 1st leg of round 3 between Heracles and Arouca is a 1-1 draw at 18/1. The reason behind this, is that both sides have shown great ability to find the net in July. Both teams tend to concede less than 1 goal a game each. However, with such strong offensive capablities, we think both teams will score. For this reason, we are also going for another betting tip – Under 2.5 Match Goals at 4/6.

Heracles have played 6 games in the build up to this encounter with Arouca. They have won 4, drawn 1 and lost 1.However, they have scored in all 6 games, totalling an outstanding 40 goals! This averages out to be 6.67 goals scored per game. Heracles have only conceded 4 goals in those 6 games. As mentioned, Heracles average 6.67 goals per game this pre-season, conceding 0.67 a match. Arouca have scored 11 in 2 games, averaging at 5.50 goals scored per game. They are yet to concede this summer.

Midfielder Dario Vujicevic is unavailable for the home side.

Arouca travel with a fully fit squad.

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