Steve G’s boys are looking fine, and Glasgow Rangers‘ fans hope to see another victory of their team, this time against Benfica. The guests have several absent players for various reasons, and that opens up a chance for the Gers to post a win and secure the knockout stage. Currently, these teams are tied first in the standings, with a nice advantage over the other two rivals. This is arguably the most sounding match of the entire night, between two powerhouses with numerous trophies.
Rangers (+110) is without a loss for the last 20 matches and looks furious before tonight’s event. Over the previous two games, Gerrard’s side scored 12 goals, without conceding a single one, beating Hamilton and Aberdeen at home.
Overall during those 20 matches, they have 17 wins and three draws, with amazing 16 clean sheets. It is fantastic data, that shows you how strong this team really is.
If we check out just contests at home, Gers have 12 consecutive victories, in all but one with two or more goals scored and with just one allowed during the entire span.
Benfica (+240) is in trouble. Apart from defeating Paredes in Taca Portugal, a lower-tier team, by the way, they haven’t won three consecutive before that. Each one of those matches was against their direct rivals in various competitions, Boavista, Rangers and Braga.
Furthermore, what is disturbing the Eagles’ fans is the fact that their favorites allowed three goals in each of those encounters, and that is something devastating for morale.
Benfica has just one win on the road in the last four international matches, and that was the most recent one in Poznan against Lech. This is the second worrying trend for their fanbase.
Jordan Jones and George Edmundson are suspended by the club, while Nikola Katic and Bongani Zungu have injury problems.
The situation in Benfica is not good at all. Nicolas Otamendi is suspended due to a red card, Nuno Tavares, Jean-Clair Todibo, and Andre Gomes Almeida are all injured. Julian Weigl and Darwin Nunez have the COVID-19 virus. Pedrinho is under question due to his muscle injury.
Head to Head Matches
Even though these two sides are among the biggest on the continent, Rangers and Benfica played only once, and that was the first fixture in this year’s Europa League.
It was an eventful match, with a red card and two own goals. Rangers had a 1-3 lead, and a player more on the field. Yet they allowed two late goals, one of them in the 91st minute.
We are backing up the hosts to win here, as they look invincible at home. But only that, Benfica’s troubles with injured and absent players, are simply forcing us to bet on the Gers’ victory. Without Otamendi and Weigl, this team will not be the same, as these two players have a massive impact in their respective position.
Therefore, betting on Rangers is a good idea, especially when we see the odds, which will more than double your investment.
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