Our prediction for this Europa League match:
After Kilmarnock ruined Rangers’ title hopes, Steven Gerrard’s troops will be looking to give fans some cheer when they welcome Sporting Braga at their Ibrox Stadium in the Europa League last 32, first leg. The Gers have slim chances of winning the Scotland Premiership, but they are surely capable of going all the way in the Europa League.
Considering that the Scottish side are a real force to be reckoned with at home, we predict that they are going to emerge triumphant in Thursday’s football match. Sporting Braga, on the other hand, are undefeated in the Europa League this term, but they face a difficult task in the Ibrox Stadium showdown. Steven Gerrard is likely to field the best possible side against the Primeira Liga side, and a man to keep an eye on in the home team will be Alfredo Morelos, who has netted, believe it or not, 14 goals in the Europa League so far this term.
Highlighted Player (Steven Davis):
Born in Ballymena on 1 January 1985, Steven Davis is probably the most famous Northern Irish footballer of the 21st century, and he was one of team’s youngest ever captains, having been awarded the armband just over a year after making his debut for the national team.
The combative midfielder has spent his entire career up to date in the UK, enjoying successful spells with Aston Villa, Fulham, Rangers and Southampton, while representing the country of his birth at various youth levels before getting a chance to shine at the biggest stage.
Davis soon established himself as a leader of the Northern Ireland football team, missing just a handful of competitive fixtures since making his debut in 2005. The central midfielder scored 2 goals to help the national team finally secure their place at a major tournament, with an impressive Euro 2016 qualifying campaign likely to remain fresh in the minds of both the players and fans alike in years to come.
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.