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Braga vs Rangers betting tips: Europa League quarter-final first leg preview, predictions and odds

Braga vs Rangers betting tips: Europa League quarter-final first leg preview, predictions and odds
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Couto, Yan
Oliveira, Paulo
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Al Musrati
Castro, Andre
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Horta, Andre
Lucas Mineiro
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Roofe, Kemar
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Aribo, Joe
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Barisic, Borna
Ruiz, Abel
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Carmo, David
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Rangers are currently unbeaten in 13 matches against Portuguese clubs, dating back to a 1-0 defeat to Marítimo in 2004. The Gers haven’t lost in mainland Portugal since 1983. Braga though have only lost two of their last 18 European home games.

Both teams to score is 4/5.

Ricardo Horta has scored 17 Europa League goals for Braga, including four this season. He is 4/1 to break the deadlock and 13/10 to score anytime.

James Tavernier has scored four times in the knockout phase so far. The captain is 15/2 to open the scoring and 13/5 to score anytime.

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Braga vs Rangers betting tips: Europa League quarter-final first leg preview, predictions and odds

DORTMUND, GERMANY – FEBRUARY 17: James Tavernier celebrates after scoring during the UEFA Europa League Knockout Round Play-Offs Leg One between Borussia Dortmund and Rangers FC at Signal-Iduna-Park on February 17, 2022 in Dortmund, Germany. (Photo by Alex Gottschalk/DeFodi Images via Getty Images)

These two have both appeared in the final of this competition in recent times, so who will stay on track for this season’s showpiece on 18 May?

Rangers’ performances in the knockout stages so far have been nothing short of remarkable.

First, the Light Blues overcame German giants Borussia Dortmund, securing an astonishing 4-2 victory away before a 2-2 draw at home.

This saw them reach the round of 16 for a third consecutive season but, this time, that didn’t prove to be the end of the line.

Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s side hammered Crvena zvezda 3-0 at Ibrox so were in cruise control, despite a last-minute 2-1 defeat in Belgrade.

Thus, the Gers are through to a first European quarter-final since getting all the way to the UEFA Cup Final in 2008, losing 2-0 to Zenit.

Right now, following Sunday’s events, Rangers rather need Europe to save their season.

At the weekend, despite taking a third minute lead through Aaron Ramsey, Celtic prevailed in the Old Firm, thereby moving six points clear at the top.

Those two meet again in the Scottish Cup on Easter Sunday but, realistically, for Rangers to make this season a success, they might have to win the Europa League.

Braga meanwhile are very much part of the Europa League furniture with their best run coming in 2011 when they were beaten by rivals Porto in the final.

This year, Carlos Carvalhal’s side came second in their section, below Red Star Belgrade, the side Rangers have just dumped out.

Since, Braga have edged past FC Sheriff Tiraspol in a penalty shootout before a much more commanding 3-1 victory over Monaco.

In stark-contrast to their visitors, the Archbishops come into this buoyant having beaten Benfica 3-2 on Friday night; Vitinha with the winner.

This leaves them fourth in the Primeira Liga, unlikely to end up any higher or indeed lower.

Braga never been Portuguese champions but have lifted six cups in the last decade, including the Taça de Portugal and Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira in 2021.

These two clubs actually met as recently as February 2020 when Rangers came from 2-0 down to win 3-2 at home, before a 1-0 victory in Portugal.

Will it be the travelling fans from Scotland celebrating at Estádio Municipal de Braga once again?

Braga team news

Braga vs Rangers betting tips: Europa League quarter-final first leg preview, predictions and odds

TOPSHOT – Ricardo Horta celebrates after scoring his team’s second goal during the UEFA Europa League football match between SC Braga and FC Sheriff at the Municipal stadium of Braga on February 24, 2022. (Photo by MIGUEL RIOPA / AFP) (Photo by MIGUEL RIOPA/AFP via Getty Images)

First-choice left-back Nuno Sequeira is injured and 18 year old Rodrigo Gomes could continue to deputise.

Midfielder Al-Musrati, André Castro and Francisco Moura are all one booking away from suspension, although the former is the only likely starter.

Captain Ricardo Horta will be looking to add to his 17 European goals for the club, having netted against four of the five clubs they’ve faced so far.

Abel Ruiz will lead the line; he scored the second goal as Braga raced into a 2-0 lead at Ibrox 26 months ago.

Rangers team news

Braga vs Rangers betting tips: Europa League quarter-final first leg preview, predictions and odds

DORTMUND, GERMANY – FEBRUARY 17: Alfredo Morelos celebrates after scoring during the UEFA Europa League Knockout Round match between Borussia Dortmund and Rangers at Signal-Iduna-Park on February 17, 2022 in Dortmund, Germany. (Photo by Alex Gottschalk/DeFodi Images via Getty Images)

The visitors are without Alfredo Morelos who returned from international duty with a long-term injury.

This is a huge blow as he’s the third all-time top scorer in the Europa League/UEFA Cup, below only Henrik Larsson and Klaas-Jan Huntelaar.

Kemar Roofe got the not as his deputy on Sunday, meaning both his starts under Giovanni van Bronckhorst have come against Celtic.

However, Fashion Sakala could come in for this one to offer pace in behind.

Ianis Hagi’s brace inspired Rangers’ comeback against Braga in 2020, but he hasn’t featured since January due to a knee injury.

So, Joe Aribo and Ryan Kent could continue to flank Aaron Ramsey who last scored in Europe for Juventus against Lokomotiv Moskva in November 2019.

Aribo, Sakala and John Lundstram, who’s also likely to start, are one booking away from sitting out the second leg.

40 year old Allan McGregor has made more saves in the Europa League this season (30) than any other goalkeeper.

Just in front of him, with Filip Helander not in the UEFA squad, Leon Balogun will continue as Connor Goldson’s partner.

SC Braga vs Glasgow Rangers form
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FC Famalicao vs SC Braga - 3:2
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SC Braga vs FC Arouca - 1:0
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Belenenses Lisbon vs SC Braga - 0:1
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SC Braga vs FC Porto - 1:0
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Estoril Praia vs SC Braga - 0:0
Latest match form, last 5 games:
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Glasgow Rangers vs Heart of Midlothian FC - 2:0
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Eintracht Frankfurt vs Glasgow Rangers - 1:1
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Heart of Midlothian FC vs Glasgow Rangers - 1:3
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Glasgow Rangers vs Ross County FC - 4:1
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Glasgow Rangers vs Dundee United - 2:0
Last 5 games for SC Braga
May 15, 2022 Primeira Liga 21/22 FC Famalicao 3  - 2 SC Braga
May 8, 2022 Primeira Liga 21/22 SC Braga 1  - 0 FC Arouca
April 30, 2022 Primeira Liga 21/22 Belenenses Lisbon 0  - 1 SC Braga
April 25, 2022 Primeira Liga 21/22 SC Braga 1  - 0 FC Porto
April 18, 2022 Primeira Liga 21/22 Estoril Praia 0  - 0 SC Braga
Last 5 games for Glasgow Rangers
May 21, 2022 Scottish Cup 21/22 Glasgow Rangers 2  - 0 Heart of Midlothian FC
May 18, 2022 UEFA Europa League 21/22 Eintracht Frankfurt 1  - 1 Glasgow Rangers
May 14, 2022 Premiership 21/22 Heart of Midlothian FC 1  - 3 Glasgow Rangers
May 11, 2022 Premiership 21/22 Glasgow Rangers 4  - 1 Ross County FC
May 8, 2022 Premiership 21/22 Glasgow Rangers 2  - 0 Dundee United
SC Braga vs Glasgow Rangers UEFA Europa League 21/22 form
SC Braga Glasgow Rangers
12 Matches played 17
6 Matches won 7
157 Goal attempts 155
59 Shots on goal 63
73 Shots off goal 64
73 Corner kicks 58
45% Average ball possession 41%
25 Shots blocked 28
20 Cards given 26
170 Free kicks 208
14 Offsides 22
4 Shots on post 5
3 Shots on bar 4
20 Goals by foot 23
2 Goals by head 3
19 Goals scored 24
15 Goals conceded 16
SC Braga vs Glasgow Rangers statistics for most recent head to head matches
SC Braga Glasgow Rangers
4 Matches 4
2 Home Matches 2
2 Away Matches 2
4 Total Goals 7
1 Average Goals Scored 1.75
1 Wins 3
3 Losses 1
0 Draws 0
Last 5 games & match results between SC Braga and Glasgow Rangers
April 14, 2022 UEFA Europa League 21/22 Glasgow Rangers 3  - 1 SC Braga
April 7, 2022 UEFA Europa League 21/22 SC Braga 1  - 0 Glasgow Rangers
February 26, 2020 UEFA Europa League 19/20 SC Braga 0  - 1 Glasgow Rangers
February 20, 2020 UEFA Europa League 19/20 Glasgow Rangers 3  - 2 SC Braga

Primeira Liga table:

# Team MP W D L F A D P
1 FC Porto 34 29 4 1 86 22 64 91
2 Sporting Lisbon 34 27 4 3 73 23 50 85
3 Benfica Lisbon 34 23 5 6 78 30 48 74
4 SC Braga 34 19 8 7 52 31 21 65
5 Gil Vicente Barcelos 34 13 12 9 47 42 5 51
6 Vitoria Guimarares 34 13 9 12 50 41 9 48
7 Santa Clara Azores 34 9 13 12 38 54 -16 40
8 FC Famalicao 34 9 12 13 45 51 -6 39
9 Estoril Praia 34 9 12 13 36 43 -7 39
10 Maritimo Madeira 34 9 11 14 39 44 -5 38
11 FC Pacos Ferreira 34 9 11 14 29 44 -15 38
12 Boavista Porto 34 7 17 10 39 52 -13 38
13 Portimonense SC 34 10 8 16 31 45 -14 38
14 FC Vizela 34 7 12 15 37 58 -21 33
15 FC Arouca 34 7 10 17 30 54 -24 31
16 Moreirense FC 34 7 8 19 33 51 -18 29
17 CD Tondela 34 7 7 20 41 67 -26 28
18 Belenenses Lisbon 34 5 11 18 23 55 -32 26
Last updated: 1 min ago

Scottish Premiership table:

# Team MP W D L F A D P
1 Aberdeen FC 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2 Celtic Glasgow 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 Dundee United 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4 Glasgow Rangers 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
5 Heart of Midlothian FC 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
6 Hibernian FC 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
7 Kilmarnock FC 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
8 Livingston FC 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
9 Motherwell FC 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
10 Ross County FC 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
11 St Johnstone FC 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
12 St Mirren FC 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Last updated: 1 min ago

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19:00, Thursday 07 April 2022

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