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This is the only Europa League quarter-final first leg that didn’t end in a 1-1 draw, with Braga taking a slender advantage to Glasgow this week after a 1-0 win in Portugal in the opener.

Abel Ruis scored the only goal of the game midway through the first half after he pounced on some sloppy Rangers defending to stroke past Allan McGregor in the visiting goal and put the hosts on their way.

The visitors had their best moments in the early and late stages of the game, but they didn’t put enough of a complete performance together to warrant anything from the match and will need to step things up a couple of notches if they’re to book their place in the semis.

Check out our thoughts ahead of this one in our full match preview as we provide our expert football betting tips.

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Rangers Win to Nil

It’s one thing beating Rangers on your own patch but doing so on a European night at Ibrox is a different task entirely.

Braga don’t have to win this game, but they will need to keep a rampant Rangers home side at bay, with Lyon being the only visitors to do that in the six Europa League games at Ibrox this season.

That run includes a 2-2 draw with Borussia Dortmund, along with a 3-0 win over a dangerous Red Star Belgrade side, so the Glaswegians can certainly mix it with the best of them when they’re in the mood.

And Braga’s away form doesn’t inspire much confidence in the Portuguese side. Carlos Carvalhal’s men have only one win on the road in the Europa League this season, while defeats have come against the likes of Midtjylland and Sheriff, neither of whom are on the level of Rangers.

We think this is going to be another one of those famous European nights for the hosts and having picked up eleven clean sheets from their last 14 home games, we think a Rangers win to nil looks great value at 21/10 (bet365) with most major football betting sites.

Rangers Form, squad news, opinion

The jury is very much out on new Rangers boss Gio van Bronckhorst, who in five months has seen his side relinquish top spot in the Scottish Premiership and disappoint in domestic cup competitions.

It remains to be seen how damaging an Old Firm defeat to Celtic at the start of April will be, but they’ve been a different beast in the Europa League in recent months, with their emphatic 4-2 win in Dortmund being a huge highlight.

That loss to Celtic was only their second in their last 22 games at Ibrox, and with Braga suffering from away day blues in this competition, it’s not hard to see why we fancy the Scots to overturn a one-goal deficit and at least take this to extra time.

But they will have to get the job done without main goal threat Alfredo Morelos, with the Colombian likely to be out of action until the end of the season with a thigh problem.

Braga Form, squad news, opinion

As far as their league season goes, Braga once again find themselves frustratingly wedged behind the top three of Benfica, Porto and Sporting.

European football via a league finish is all but secured, thanks to a 13-point cushion between themselves and sixth-placed Vitoria Setubal, which means they can put all their eggs into a free hit at the Europa League and a potential spot in the Champions League.

But defensively, there will be concerns about a backline that has kept just two clean sheets in its last 13 matches in all competitions, and when you consider that Rangers have failed to score at home only once in the last year, this could be a tough assignment.

The visitors have no fresh injury worries, but the trio of Nuno Sequeira, Roger Fernandes and Jean-Baptiste Gorby remain on the sidelines.

History

This will be the fourth meeting between these two sides, with the previous three all taking place in this competition.

The last two-legged tie was in 2020, when Braga emerged victorious via the now defunct away goals rule, after one-goal victories for each team.

About the Venue

Ibrox is known for its cauldron-like atmosphere, particularly on European matchdays, and the home faithful will be more than aware of Braga’s struggles for away results in this competition.

The ground is the third largest in Scotland, with a capacity of more than 50,000 and is an elder statesman of the stadium world, having opened at the backend of the 19th century.

Conclusion

It’s hard to turn down a bet on Rangers when they’re a home side that need to be on the front foot after a first-leg defeat.

They have more than enough firepower to make Braga sweat and with the Portuguese outfit lacking somewhat in the clean sheet department, the hosts know that if they can keep their own backdoor shut, they’re in with a great chance of taking this game the distance.

The Gers have scored at least twice in their last four Europa League home games and we wouldn’t be surprised to see them notch at least a couple more in victory here.

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