Rangers vs Porto Prediction: 07.11.2019 Europa League Match
A real footballing fight should take place tomorrow with the Ibrox stadium hosting the two strong sides adamant to take their place in the knockout stage of the Europa League. The full capacity of 50.000 is expected as Rangers welcome Porto in a big battle of two historic sides looking to build upon their rich legacy.
The first match offered a ton of excitement as the Scots had a huge opportunity to take all three points in the last seconds of the match, but it wasn’t meant to be with the heroic save of Argentina’s recent first-choice goalkeeper, Agustin Marchesin.
There were some mind games being played in the build-up to this match, with Gerrard claiming that the pressure is on the Portuguese, but Conceicao hit back at the former midfielder by calling his comments a “bluff”.
Bluff or not, both teams need the win here, as they’re tied at the second with four points each. In case Young Boys win against Feyenoord, Rangers, and Porto will be left with only one spot to fight for afterward.
Gerrard will be happy with the injury bill, as Brandon Barker just returned after a shoulder injury. This leaves Rangers with only Jordan Jones as unavailable due to injury for the upcoming clash.
The domestic fight
While fighting for their place under the sun in Europe, Rangers are also fighting a bloody battle with Celtic in the domestic championship. Tied with Celtic at the top just a single goal separates the two sides after 11 fixtures, and it looks like this could be the year for Rangers and their fans.
The latest 3-0 win against Hearts saw Glasgow Rangers dominantly qualify to the Scottish cup final. To make things even better, their eternal enemy awaits as the final will be another Old Firm derby. it does look like Gerrard has an opportunity to put himself in the history books by beating Celtic to both domestic titles.
Porto are in a similar position, with Benfica just two points ahead, as the duo dominates the Portugal club football as per usual, with Famalicao trying to keep up this season, although it’s unlikely they can match Porto and Benfica’s power. The Portuguese side will receive a major boost as their primary striker Moussa Marega will return to the team after missing a string of domestic competition matches for Porto.
Pride on their own turf
Rangers won all of their five home matches in the Europa League this season. Add in the injury-free squad and the fact that the Portuguese team was unable to beat Rangers in their last five encounters, and you got yourself a solid argument that Gerrard and his men will come out on top.
Spirits are high at Ibrox, and the fans will show their importance as the 12th player if history is anything to go by. Porto is generally poor away from home in Europe lately, with seven consecutive matches without a win for the Portuguese representor.
Prediction: Rangers vs Porto – 1. First team to win.
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