Rangers v Benfica tips – high-scoring Benfica could be dangerous

It’s been a very strong start to the 2020/21 season for Glasgow Rangers who wasted little time in generating thirty-eight points from their fourteen games played, with Steven Gerrard’s side now in pole position to be crowned Scottish champions for the first time since 2011.

Ten years is a long time for the Gers supporters to enjoy some domestic silverware although it finally appears as though there’s a strong chance of toppling Celtic off their perch, while Gerrard’s men will also hope to go deep in the Europa League and they’ve made a strong start to their European campaign this time around.

Gers Favourite to Topple Benfica at Ibrox

Victories over Standard Liege and Lech Poznan ensured that Rangers enjoyed a strong start to their Europa League campaign and there was then a 3-3 draw at the Estadio da Luz which saw the Scottish side take a 3-1 lead in Portugal only to be pegged back come the final whistle.

It will have annoyed Gerrard that the Gers conceded three goals against Benfica, although the bookies think they are warm favourites to get the better of the same opponents for this clash on Thursday 26 November, with the bookies offering a best price 23/20 about a win for the home side.

Naturally, Rangers have the winning habit domestically where they have enjoyed twelve victories from fourteen games played and their other two matches have ended in a draw, so it appears unlikely that we’ll see the visitors upset things and achieve a victory of their own.

Rangers delivered a statement of intent when smashing Hamilton by an 8-0 scoreline before the international break and they should be able to achieve a similarly bloodless victory against Aberdeen considering that they are yet to conceded at Ibrox this term.

James Tavernier has become a goal machine from the right-back position and there’s an argument to say that the Scottish league leaders should be among the betting favourites to win the Europa League right how.

Can Benfica Get Anything Against Rangers?

In seasons gone by, Benfica would have been a much shorter price to defeat Rangers in this competition and we should still respect the chances of the Portuguese side considering that they managed to fight back in order to land that draw against the same opponents earlier this season.

Jorge Jesus’ team enjoyed a 4-2 victory away at Lech Poznan before a comfortable 3-0 win over Standard Liege and it’s clear that their attacking menace definitely jeopardises Rangers’ 100% home record which includes not conceding a goal at their own stadium.

There is lots of firepower within the Benfica ranks, with Swiss striker Haris Seferovic recently bagging a brace against Braga, while German striker Luca Waldschmidt is also capable of threatening a back line who regularly have it easier in their own domestic league.

What Are the Best Bets For This Match?

This isn’t a game that either team need to win and we would therefore be wary of siding with the home team at short odds when there’s the chance that the sides could cancel each other out.

Benfica will continue to adopt an attacking approach and could trade blows with their opponents throughout the ninety minutes, with the “Yes” option on the Both Teams to Score betting market making appeal considering that Rangers have a prolific hit rate this season.

For those expecting the Gers to continue with their merciless home form which has currently stopped all visiting teams from finding the net, then you can back the 16/5 about them enjoying yet another victory without conceding a goal.


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