Rangers vs. Braga: Scottish Champions in Their Season's Make-Or-Break Moment

April 14, 2022
Benson Chikezie

UEFA Europa League 2021/2022
Playoffs— Quarterfinals
Ibrox Stadium, Glasgow

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Rangers trail Braga by a goal to nil ahead of their Europa League quarter-final meeting at Ibrox Stadium, Glasgow, on the 15th of April. The game is scheduled to kick off at 00:30 IST and promises to be a thrilling encounter as the Rangers are desperate to clinch some form of silverware with their hopes of defending their league crown all but lost.

Braga secured an important victory in Portugal and have followed it up with another one-nil victory on the domestic scene over the weekend. Rangers are hopeful of a good showing after producing masterclasses to eliminate Borussia Dortmund in the previous round. They have an outside chance of progressing, even though they trail by one goal to nil on aggregate.

Teams Status

Take a look at the latest form and team news from both sides:

Rangers Form and Team News

The Scottish Champions have failed to defend their league title, with Celtic poised to claim yet another trophy over their rivals. They have turned their attention to the Europa League and are under pressure to win silverware. Rangers’ 20-match unbeaten run at home ended in their 2-1 loss at their last home game, but their excellent home form gives them a slight upper hand going into this fixture.

Rangers can also draw some hope from their last outing against Braga in 2020, where they prevailed over their opponents by 3 goals to 2 after trailing by 2–0 on the night. They are still yet to concede the first goal at home since early November, further underlining their dominance at home as they go into this winner-takes-all match.

For injuries and absences, Rangers will be without Nnamdi Oforborh, Alex Lowry, Ianis Hagi, John Lundstram, Alfredo Morelos, and Filip Helander are currently injured and may not play a part as Rangers welcome Braga to Glasgow.

Braga Form and Team News

The Portuguese side ground out a 1-0 victory in the first leg of their quarter-final meeting with Rangers and followed it up with another 1-0 win in the league, making it four wins in a row. Their win against Rangers ended the Scottish side’s 13-match winning run against teams from Portugal, and they now need only a draw to progress to the semis.

Braga have an excellent record of progressing to the next round when taking the first-leg win into an away return leg, and the Portuguese outfit will fancy their chances of getting another victory here, 13 times out of 13. They have lost 5 times on their visits to Ibrox Stadium, with only 3 wins and 1 draw.

For absences and injuries, Braga will travel without Roger Fernandes and Sequeira, who are currently injured and unlikely to play a part in the trip to Glasgow.

What Do the Sportsbooks Say?

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Rangers are expectedly the favorites to win this encounter, although the away side seems to be in better form than Rangers. The odds for a home win on the Melbet, Sportsbet.io, and Parimatch sportsbooks are 2.04, 2.00, and 2.02, respectively.

For Braga to win, the sportsbooks have placed the odds at 3.94, 3.70, and 3.85, respectively. A draw is placed at 3.66, 3.55, and 3.55 odds, respectively.

Tipster’s Angle

Rangers won the first two meetings between these two sides in 2020, 4-2 on aggregate, and historically, have a solid record against Portuguese opposition. Braga have lost more games at Ibrox than they have won but are on a four-game unbeaten run and in better form than their rivals, who have lost 3 and won 2 in their last 5 games. Here are our tips for this encounter:

Tip: Both Teams to Score @ 1.93

Rangers play at home, a ground where they have gotten the opening goal in all matches since November. Braga are on a fine winning run and have a genuine goal threat in Abel Ruiz, who has scored before halftime in three EL games back-to-back.

Rangers will be desperate to get a win, while Braga know that a draw will be sufficient. If they concede the first goal, we expect the Portuguese side to chase that all-important first goal. Both teams to score is available on the Paripesa sportsbook at 1.93 odds.

Tip: Over 1.5 Goals @ 1.30

From their head-to-head record, a multi-goal outcome may be an unlikely one. Yet, from the perspective of things and the nature of this fixture, we expect more than one goal in regular time, especially if either team falls behind early in the game. Over 1.5 goals is available on the Sportsbet.io sportsbook at 1.30 odds.


Braga travel to Rangers with a one-goal advantage and will have to be wary of their host’s desperation to give their fans something to cheer about. We expect a highly contested match, with chances in fair supply across both pitch ends.

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