Rangers vs Benfica Prediction: Europa League Match

Rangers will welcome SL Benfica to the Ibrox Stadium on Thursday for the second leg of the round of 16 Europa League clash, with kickoff slated for 17:45 GMT.

Key Highlights

Can Rangers Make Home Advantage Count in the Second Leg?

Rangers took the lead against Benfica at the Estadio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica twice, before they were pegged back by the hosts each time to settle for a 2-2 draw.

The draw means that Rangers must prevail at the Ibrox Stadium to stand a chance of making it into the quarter-finals.

Rangers were in Scottish Cup action on Sunday, beating Hibernian 0-2 away from home. They will look to extend their good form when Benfica visit the vociferous home ground for the round of 16 clash on Thursday.

Can Benfica Regain their Consistency and Make it into the Quarter-Finals?

Benfica warmed up for the trip to the Ibrox Stadium with a convincing 3-1 win at home to Estoril Praia. The win allowed Benfica to return to winning ways after they were hammered 5-0 at the Stadio do Dragao the previous week.

The 5-0 defeat was followed by a 2-2 draw at home to Rangers in the first leg of this Europa League clash.

Benfica will look to return to winning ways when they travel to the Ibrox Stadium on Thursday, with the fixture poised at 2-2 on aggregate. A win will give them the aggregate edge they need to progress into the quarter-finals.

Head-to-Head Statistics

Rangers and Benfica have met three times since 2020. The two sides are evenly matched, with neither winning a match in the three meetings; all three clashes ended in draws: 2-2, 2-2, and 3-3.

Rangers will look to end this run of draws with a home win on Thursday.

Injury Report

Rangers will be without the injured Danilo, Kieran Dowell, Abdallah Sima, Oscar Cortes, Rabbi Matondo, and Todd Cantwell.

Benfica will miss the services of center-back Antonio Silva due to injury.


Rangers will have the home advantage in this clash. However, Benfica have shown significant quality at this level of European competition.

Rangers and Benfica will fight to a draw in regulation time.

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