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Braga v Rangers Betting Tips: Gerrard’s side to get the job done in Portugal?

Drew Goodsell | 26 February 2020

Odds and preview for Europa League Round of 32 second leg

After coming from two goals down at Ibrox, Steven Gerrard’s Rangers hold a slender 3-2 advantage heading into tonight’s second leg, where they’ll be hoping to get the job done.

Braga will be looking to turn the tie at around the Estadio Municipal de Braga after their first leg disappointment, but Rangers have lost just once against Portuguese opposition away from home.

The game gets underway at 17:00 on BT Sport 3HD and we’ve got all the pre-match odds and info right here…

Match Odds

Despite giving up that two-goal advantage in Glasgow, Braga stand as odds-on favourites to win the second leg. We’ve got them at 20/23, with the Portuguese side 19/20 slight-favourites to qualify for last-16.

Rangers record in Portugal isn’t to be taken lightly. They’re underdogs to win here at 3/1, but after gaining the first leg advantage, a draw would be enough too. That’s 27/10.

Think Gerrard’s side have what it takes to get a result? They’re 4/5 to make it to the last-16.

Form

After the defeat in the first leg last Thursday, Braga hit straight back in the league to get back on track.

They beat Setubal 3-1 at home in a dominant performance with 67% possession, 24 shots, seven of which were on target.

Rangers league form has stuttered of late, and their blip continued Sunday away at St Johnstone.

They played out a 2-2 draw, coming from behind to lead with 10 minutes remaining before conceding to an in-form Stevie May. Florian Kamberi came off the bench to score the Gers opener, before Joe Aribo bagged the second.

Likely XIs

The Portuguese side lost Wallace to injury during last week’s game at Ibrox, so he joins Vitor Tormena and Eduardo on the sidelines.

Nuno Sequiera resumed full training this week, and should slot straight back in at left-back. Ricardo Esgaio, Joao Palhinha and Raul Silva all missed out in their league fixture at the weekend through suspension but are eligible to play here.

Rangers missed Ryan Jack’s presence in the middle of the park in the first leg, but he’s fit to return for the second leg. With Alfredo Morelos suspended, it’s likely that Gerrard will turn to Kamberi to lead the line.

The Glaswegians will also be without Jermain Defoe, Filip Helander and Glenn Middleton through injury.

Key Battles

With Braga sitting joint top of the goalscoring charts in this season’s Europa League, bagging 17 goals, it’ll be down to the Rangers back-line to silence their free-scoring forwards.

Connor Goldson and Nikola Katic have formed a strong partnership under Gerrard’s stewardship this campaign, but they’ll need to be on top form to stop Paulinho from getting on the scoresheet.

As for Rangers, they’ll be looking to Aribo and Ianis Hagi on the wings to provide with assists and goals. Hagi is the in-form man, but could struggle against the back three of Braga, especially when the wingbacks drop to form a five-man defence.

If Aribo and Hagi get crowded out, it could create pockets of space for Steven Davis to do what he does best. The midfield three favourited by Gerrard could cause Braga issues if they give the wingers too much attention.

Goalscorer Odds

Braga have relied on the goals of Paulinho to see them through this season, with the Portuguese striker already grabbing four in the Europa League. He’s a 16/5 favourite to break the deadlock, with 11/10 on him scoring anytime.

Abel Ruiz got Braga’s second at Ibrox, and if you fancy him to score again, he’s a 9/5 shot to find the net anytime.

Kamberi grabbed a league goal at the weekend, and with Morelos’ absence, he’s likely to be the Gers main source of goals. He’s 13/2 to score first, or there’s 12/5 about him scoring anytime.

Hagi started and completed that sensational first leg comeback last week, bagging a double. He’s a 16/5 anytime scorer, or you can get 28/1 on him repeating his brace.

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All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.