Our prediction for this Europa League match:
Ibrox Stadium will host Thursday’s Europa League game between Rangers and Braga. The Gers aim to overcome a one-goal deficit, and they are likely to fight tooth and nail in the return leg. John Lundstram should recover in time to face Braga, while Filip Helander is a major doubt. In Alfredo Morelos’ absence, Jamaica international Kemar Roofe should lead the line for the hosts after the 29-year-old scored a hat-trick in a 4-0 win over St. Mirren.
Carlos Carvalhal’s troops, on the other hand, aim to defend their slim lead in the second leg. Yet another low-scoring affair is on the horizon, but we are tempted to put our money on Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s troops as they are a real force to be reckoned with at home. Libya international Al Musrati is back from a domestic ban for the visiting side.
Highlighted Player (Scott Arfield):
Despite being born in Dechmont, Scotland, Scott Arfield represents Canada on the international stage. Arfield, though, played for Scotland U19 and U21 teams in the past and he made one appearance for Scotland B as well. Scott’s father, though, was born in Toronto, Canada and that is the main reason why he decided to play for the Canada national football team.
The Burnley midfielder made his Canada debut on March 25, 2016 in a 3-0 loss to Mexico. Scott Arfield began his club career at Falkirk and he scored 13 goals in 108 appearances in the league for the Scottish club. In 2010 he signed a deal with Huddersfield Town and he played for the Terriers from until 2013.
As previously mentioned, Arfield currently wear’s Burnley shirt, meaning that he is enjoying the Premier League football. You should bear in mind that the Scottish midfielder netted one goal for Burnley in the 2016/2017 season. He found the net in a 2-1 win over Everton on October 10, 2016.
Highlighted Team (Braga):
Braga are a Portuguese club that have always been in the shadow of Primeira Liga giants Porto, Benfica and Sporting. Os Minhotos were founded on 19 January, 1921 and they originally played in green and white kits. After the World War II they changed their kits to red and they have been wearing red shirts and white shorts ever since.
Braga play their home games at Estadio Municipal de Braga, the stadium that was opened in December, 2003. Os Minhotos have yet to win the Primeira Liga title, but they finished the 2009/2010 campaign in second position in the standings, just five points behind champions Benfica.
In 2011 Braga participated in the Europa League final, but fellow Portuguese outfit Porto proved to be a big catch for Os Minhotos. Anyhow, that is regarded as the club’s biggest success. Vitoria de Guimaraes are considered Braga’s bitter rivals and the two teams face each other in the Minho derby.