Sporting Braga hosts Rangers at the Estadio Municipal de Braga

Sporting Braga hosts Rangers at the Estadio Municipal de Braga in the Portuguese city in a second leg from the 1/16-finals of Europa League. In this edition of our Europa League predictions we will discuss this fixture with you.

 

Rangers have a slight advantage after the first game at the Ibrox, but Braga also made a very good effort, scoring two away goals on Scottish land. The first match ended with a 3-2 win for Rangers, so both teams kept their chances of progressing to the next round.

 

Until the 67th minute Sporting Braga had a pretty perfect game – they scored twice, thanks to Fransergio and Abel Ruiz, having a solid advantage. In the last 23 minutes the game turned in an another direction, because the Scottish team scored three times. The Romanian winger Ianis Hagi scored twice in Matheus’ net, while Joe Aribo also scored one for Steven Gerrard’s team.

 

For Rangers this visit to Portugal won’t be easy at all. These two away goals are giving Sporting Braga a very good chance to progress to the 1/8-finals. The manager Micael Sequeira and his players will try to use the home advantage to hurt Steven Gerrard’s boys. It’s a good time now for the English manager to use his European experience in order to prepare his players for this challenge.

 

During the weekend lost two points in the Scottish Premiership, though. The Blues paid a visit to St. Johnstone, but only won a point after a 2-2 draw.

 

In the same time Sporting Braga kept the third place in the Portuguese Primeira Liga after a 3-1 win at home against Vitoria Setubal.

 

In these Europa League predictions we believe that everything between Sporting Braga and Rangers is still undecided. Both teams have their chances. Rangers’ advantage is small, but it could be essential, too.