The hosts will be looking to get back to winning ways following their 2-1 home defeat to FC Porto in the first leg of their semi-final Taca de Portugal tie on Wednesday.
All three goals came after the break, with Mehdi Taremi and Evanilson's strikes helping them overturn Pablo Sarabia's opening goal for the capital side. Prior to that, Sporting were held to a 1-1 draw away to Maritimo in the league.
Arouca also shared the spoils 1-1 in a relegation six-pointer with Moreirense on home turf. Bruno Marques scored in the second half to cancel out Yan's opener for the visitors, while Ibrahima Camara missed a late penalty for Moreirense.
The draw saw them retain their two-point gap above the relegation zone. Sporting Lisbon remain in second spot in the league, six points behind Porto.
Sporting Lisbon vs Arouca Head-to-Head
Sporting Lisbon were victorious in each of their last 11 games against Arouca. Their most recent meeting came in October 2021. Matheus and Nuno Santos scored either side of Oday Dabbagh's goal to help the defending champions secure a 2-1 away victory.
Sporting Lisbon form guide (all competitions): L-D-W-L-D
Arouca form guide: D-W-L-L-D
Sporting Lisbon vs Arouca Team News
Pedro Goncalves is the only doubt for the hosts. Pablo Sarabia returned to fitness and opened the scoring against Porto in their last match.
Doubtful: Pedro Goncalves
Oday Dabbagh, Fernando Castro, Moses Yaw, Wellington Nem and Jose Manuel Velazquez are all unavailable due to injuries.
Injuries: Oday Dabbagh, Fernando Castro, Moses Yaw, Wellington Nem, Manuel Velazquez
Sporting Lisbon vs Arouca Predicted XI
Sporting Lisbon Predicted XI (3-4-3): Antonio Adan (GK); Zouhair Feddal, Neto, Goncalo Inacio; Matheus Reis, Matheus Nunes, Joao Palhinha, Pedro Porro; Nuno Santos, Paulinho, Pablo Sarabia
Arouca Predicted XI (4-3-3): Victor Braga (GK); Quaresma, Nino Galovic, Joao Basso, Thales; Pedro Moreira, Eboue Kouassi, David Simao; Antony Santos, Andre Silva, Andre Bukia
Sporting Lisbon vs Arouca Prediction
Sporting Lisbon are favorites in the game and their dominant head-to-head record against Arouca highlights the difference in class between the two sides.
Barring an unlikely upset, there should only be one winner here. We are backing Los Leones to secure a comfortable victory.
Prediction: Sporting Lisbon 2-0 Arouca
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