Rangers welcome Portuguese giants Porto to the Ibrox Stadium on Thursday night for a crucial Europa League clash. Just three points separate the bottom and top sides in Group G going into matchday four and both teams will be desperate for a win to keep in the race for the top two.
Rangers have enjoyed their European adventures so far this season. They’ve lost just once so far in the competition (W7, D3, L1) and are currently sitting in second place, with qualification for the knockouts in their own hands.
Steven Gerrard is into his second season as Rangers boss and is building towards knocking Celtic off their top spot. Domestically he has his side level on points with the reigning champions in the Scottish Premiership as well as in the final of the League Cup.
Porto also come into the game on the back of some good form. They’ve lost just once in their last 14 games in all competitions (W11, D2, L1) and are currently second in the Primeira Liga, just two points behind leaders Benfica.
The two sides met just two weeks ago in the competition in Portugal, with a Morelos goal cancelling out a Luis Diaz strike to share the spoils. A win for either side would push them into at least second place.
Steven Gerrard will be without winger Jordan Jones who has been ruled out with a knee injury. Midfielder Greg Docherty and winger Jamie Murphy are not listed in Rangers’ Europa League squad and therefore won’t be eligible to play a part. Otherwise, Gerrard has a fully-fit squad to choose from and is expected to field his strongest possible side.
Sergio Conceicao has been given a huge injury boost ahead of the trip to Scotland, with striker Moussa Marega being declared fit to play. The Mali international missed the last three league games due to a muscle injury but is ready to return to the squad.
Alfredo Morelos has scored two consecutive braces in all competitions and has ten goals in 11 Europa League matches. Priced at 2.5 with BetVictor to score anytime looks excellent value.
Both sides have failed to score in a competitive match just twice in at least their last 20 matches. Both teams managed to find the net in Portugal and it is priced at 1.67 with William Hill to happen again at Ibrox.