Our prediction for this Europa League match:
Rangers and Porto face each other at Ibrox Stadium in what is expected to be one of the most exciting games of Thursday’s program. Rangers did well to hold Porto to a draw at Estadio do Dragao two weeks ago, which is certainly giving fans a reason to be optimistic ahead of the reverse fixture. Head coach Steven Gerrard is doing a great job with the Scottish outfit, and his men are surely capable of matching Porto at home ground.
Several first-team regulars left the Dragons in the summer transfer window, which is the No. 1 reason why Sergio Conceicao’s troops have been struggling to find their best form in the Europa League this term. Anyhow, we predict that Rangers are going to pick up vital three points from Thursday’s showdown at packed Ibrox Stadium. A man to keep an eye on in the home team will be Alfredo Morelos, who found the net in the 1-1 draw with Porto two weeks ago.
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 (Porto):
Futebol Clube do Porto are one of Portugal’s biggest football clubs playing their matches in front of 50,000 people at their Estadio do Dragao. Porto form biggest rivalries with two other Big Three clubs in Portugal and regular league title contenders – Benfica and Sporting CP. Rivalries between the clubs stem from the historical, political, economical and cultural discrepancies between the cities of Porto and Lisbon. The Dragons, as they are commonly known in Portugal, are the second most successful Portuguese team with a total of 74 trophies to their name.
Porto hold a record of five consecutive league titles which are part of the total tally of 27 Primeira Liga trophies. FC Porto’s success extends to the international scene as well with seven European titles. Two-time European champions from 1987 and 2004, Porto also won two UEFA Cup/Europa League titles, the UEFA Super Cup and the International Cup on two occasions. Together with Barcelona, Real Madrid and Manchester United, Porto have the most appearances in the UEFA Champions League group stage – the total of 20.