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Arouca vs Sporting CP betting tips: Taça da Liga semi-finals preview, predictions and odds

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Will Sporting Clube de Portugal move one step closer to claiming this season’s first piece of the silverware?

So far in the Taça da Liga, the holders have won all three group games, against Farense, Rio Ave and Marítimo, before demolished Braga 5-0 in the quarter-finals.

Gonçalo Inácio, Paulinho, Pedro Gonçalves, Francisco Trincão and Marcus Edwards on target in the previous round, with all the goals, remarkably, coming before half time.

Despite what this would suggest, Rúben Amorim’s team are underwhelming in the Primeira Liga just now.

Sporting did beat Vizela on Friday night, courtesy of Pedro Porro’s 95th minute winner, but remain in fourth place.

Nevertheless, the Taça da Liga has been their competition in recent season, with the Leões winning four of the last five finals.

Arouca meantime also topped their group in November, winning twice and drawing twice, before a comeback 2-1 victory over Moreirense last month.

Tiago Esgaio equalising at Parque Moreira de Cónegos, before Rafa Mújica won it nine minutes later.

In league terms, Arouquenses are currently in sixth place, having demolished Portimonense 4-0 on Friday.

As a result, Arouca are on course for their highest finish in seven seasons, with this their first-ever appearance in a major cup semi-final.

Will Sporting be too strong at Estádio Dr. Magalhães Pessoa?


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Ben Gray

Arsenal fan – follow them over land and sea (and Leicester); sofa Celtic supporter; a bit of a football '"encyclopedia".

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