A place in the Europa League semi-finals is on the line when Rangers and SC Braga face off at Ibrox on Thursday evening (20:00 UK time).
Braga won last week’s opening leg 1-0 at Estádio Municipal de Braga. Abel Ruiz scored the only goal for Os Arsenalistas in the 40th minute. It was the ninth time that Rangers have been defeated in the first leg of a knockout tie in the UEFA Cup/Europa League, advancing in two of the previous three such occasions (against Marítimo in 2004/05 and Hapoel Tel Aviv in 2006/07).
As for Braga they’ve progressed from their previous nine ties in the UEFA Cup/Europa League when winning the first leg, with eight of those previous nine wins coming in home matches. The visitors have also scored in four straight Europa League contests this season. They haven’t been shut out since their knockout round play-offs loss against Sheriff. Hosts Rangers have been formidable on home soil this Europa League season with three wins, one draw, and just one loss in five contests.
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Where to watch Rangers vs SC Braga on TV:
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Rangers team news
Following a 45 minute cameo against St. Mirren over the weekend Aaron Ramsey is hoping to start his first Europa League game this season. Ramsey has scored six goals in 12 starts in the Europa League, all for Arsenal between 2018 and 2019. His last home start in the competition saw him net the opener against Napoli in the quarter-finals in 2018/19. Filip Helander, Nnamdi Ofoborh, Ianis Hagi and Alfredo Morelos are sidelined with injury. Morelos along with skipper James Tavernier is Rangers leading scorer in this season’s competition. Kemar Roofe should continue to lead the Gers forward line in Morelos’ absence.
Rangers predicted XI: McGregor; Tavernier, Goldson, Balogun, Bassey; Kamara, Jack; Ayodele-Aribo, Ramsey, Kent; Roofe.
SC Braga team news
There are no major new injury concerns for Braga heading into this week’s game. Nuno Sequeira, Jean-Baptiste Gorby and Roger Fernandes remain absent for the Portuguese side. Head coach Carlos Carvalhal is likely to make few changes from the lineup he fielded in the opening leg. Abel Ruiz, who netted the only goal against Rangers last time out, should lead the line at Vitinha’s expense. Ruiz came off the bench in Braga’s win over Vizela while Vitinha saw red. Vitinha is expected to start on the bench in Glasgow.
SC Braga predicted XI: Matheus; Fabiano, Carmo, Tormena; Couto, Musrati, A. Horta, Gomes; R. Horta, Medeiros; Ruiz.
Scoreline prediction: Rangers 2-1 SC Braga
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