Our prediction for this Europa League match:
All eyes will be on Estadio da Luz when Benfica and Rangers face each other in the Europa League derby. The Eagles made a flying start to the season, with the team producing excellent displays in all competitions. Benfica aim to get their job done in Group D as soon as possible, and we are positive that they will go for a win in Thursday’s football match. The likes of Almeida and Grimaldo are sidelined with injury for the hosts, while Svilar and Todibo should recover in time to face Rangers.
The Gers are enjoying a successful season as well, but it seems as if the team’s main goal is to put an end to Celtic’s dominance in the Scotland Premiership. Steven Gerrard’s troops defeated Lech Poznan at home in round 2, but they will have a much bigger fish to fry against Benfica. Defender Nikola Katic is likely to miss the game with injury for the visitors.
Highlighted Team (Rangers):
Glasgow Rangers are one of the two synonyms for Scottish Football. Glasgow Rangers were founded back in 1872 and they have been playing an important role in the Scottish top flight ever since. The Gers won their 54th Scottish Premier League title in the 2010/2011 season, but winning of European Cup Winners’ Cup trophy in 1972 is considered the club’s biggest success.
Glasgow Rangers defeated Dynamo Moscow in the final of the competition, with the likes of Stein and Johnston (two goals) scoring for the Scottish side. Celtic are considered the club’s biggest rivals and there have always been fireworks when the two teams meet in the Old Firm derby. The likes of Paul Gascoigne, David Weir, Stefan Klos, Chris Boyd, Ian Durrant and Kenny Miller are some of Rangers’ former notable players.
It has to be noted that the Gers welcome their rivals at Ibrox Stadium, the venue with the capacity of 50,817. Rangers’ support is largely drawn from the Protestant Unionist community.