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Rangers bidding for glory in Portugal

Rangers bid to reach the last sixteen of the Europa League as they visit Portuguese outfit Braga on Wednesday. The Portuguese side has a bit of work to be done after squandering a favourable position last week at Ibrox. With just 23 minutes remaining on the clock Braga looking comfortable in a 2-0. A great Rangers comeback saw the scots turn the match on its head. They now take a 3-2 win to Portugal.

The defeat ended an unbeaten run of 13 games in the Europa League going back to February 2018. They are currently third in the Primeira Division but 16 points behind second place. Only because they started a bit late this season though. They have taken 22 of the last 24 points available beating both Benfica, Sporting and Porto in the process.

Home form has seen Braga lose just one of their last 15 and in the Europa League. They have won five of their last eight played on home soil. Keeping clean sheets is not their main area of expertise though with only two in the last 20 home Europa League matches.

Rangers suffered a bit of backlash in the league over the weekend. A tough match on Thursday took its toll as they were held to a 2-2 draw away at St Johnstone’s. They have only one defeat in eight games but still, the form has been a bit patchy.

They have only been victorious in one of their last four away matches. In the Europa League, they have drawn three of the last four though. That includes a 1-1 draw against Porto in the group stages. Rangers scored in four of their last five away matches in this competition. Both teams to score in this game looks a cracking bet.

A 1-0 win would be enough to take Braga into the last 16 of the Europa League. Their games tend not to pan out that way though with clean sheets not that commonplace. Rangers will be looking out for at least one goal to improve their qualification hopes. Having already drawn 1-1 away to Portuguese giant FC Porto they won’t be nervous walking into the Estadio Municipal de Braga.

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