Rangers will look to continue their good work faraway from domestic duties once they host Braga within the Europa League round-of-32 first leg on Thursday.
Steven Gerrard’s men are fighting tooth and nail within the Scottish Premiership to thwart Celtic’s eight-year stranglehold,
currently sitting second within the league, but those aspirations are going to be placed on hold when Braga visit Glasgow later in the week .
The Portuguese club were dealt a difficult hand within the group stages
but recorded wins over Wolves at Molineux and a double Besiktas to top Group K.
Ricardo Sa Pinto was at the helm during the autumn months but he has since been replaced by Ruben Amorim.
Rangers finished second fiddle to FC Porto in Group G, albeit by some extent .
The hosts stumbled just one occasion throughout the group stages and deservedly
booked their berth within the next round after Young Boys came up short by one point.
It is also worth mentioning that the house team are in fine form at the instant .
Steven Gerrard’s men are at the losing end in only two of their past ten games on the trot. That too, altogether competitions.
Can the Gers make it to the round-of-16 for the primary time in nearly a decade?
Or will the Archbishops continue their impressive add this continental competition? Read on for Rangers vs Braga preview, team news and predictions.
Rangers vs Bayer Leverkusen Team News
Borna Barisic are going to be available after the left-back missed the games with Kilmarnock and Livingston due to a thigh injury.
However, midfielder Ryan Jack is suspended and striker Jermain Defoe (calf) and defender Filip Helander (foot) remain out.
Defender David Carmo, 20, is about to form his European debut for Braga after stepping up from the B team,
while three of Paulinho, Ricardo Horta, Galeno and Wilson Eduardo are expected to start out in attack.
On the opposite hand, Braga emerged because the table toppers in their respective group.
The guests were the sole side to stay unbeaten in their clashes. Impressively,
they also dropped points just twice within the process, garnering fourteen points from a possible eighteen.
However, it needs saying that their foes for the week are a confident bunch on home soil this term.
In fact, they need not admitted defeat at this stadium since their 2-0 loss to Celtic, way back in September.
Admirably, they even took down Portuguese outfit FC Porto with two unanswered goals to their name in one among those matchups.
To make matters worse for the visitors, the house team have did not devour the win in only
one among their previous seven games here. As such, with home advantage at hand,
Rangers are likely to be those securing bragging rights in the week .
Rangers vs Bayer Leverkusen Head to Head (h2h)
These two sides haven’t previously locked horns with one another .
How to watch Rangers vs Bayer Leverkusen
The match will not be broadcast live in the UK.
You can follow all the action with NewGersy Sport’s LIVE blog, however.
Europa League Round of 16.
Thursday 12 March, 2020