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UEL: SLB vs Rangers


Despite currently topping their group in the Europa League, Benfica suffered his first domestic defeat of the season by losing 3-0 to Boavista - the Portuguese giants want to return to winning streak as they take on. welcome Rangers. However, they will have a hard time facing a high-performing Rangers team, with teacher Steven Gerrard currently the only team unbeaten in Scotland since the start of the season.

Jesus is expected to make a few changes to the starting lineup that lost to Boavista this week, Haris Seferovic could replace Nunez as striker, while Diogo Goncalves could replace Gilberto in position. right-back, and the 23-year-old took that role in a convincing 3-0 win over Standard Liege. Alex Grimaldo could miss the upcoming match, after the defender had to be substituted in a win over the Belenenses last week due to a sprained ankle. Andre Almeida is expected to miss the match with a knee injury, while Jean-Clair Todibo remains in doubt. Benfica's shock defeat to Boavista earlier this week made them second in Primeira Liga, only 1 point behind the top team of Sporting Lisbon. Thought The Eagles had taken the lead after only 10 minutes when a Darwin Nunez drop hit the post, but the effort was later disallowed by the VAR. The problem only got worse for the away side then, when Manchester United ex Angel Gomes hit a penalty in the 18th minute, before Alberth Elis scored a second in the latter half of the first half. Yanis Hamache then got the third goal to create a miserable evening for Jorge Jesus' team. 

With the great form of Rangers currently, it is difficult to beat the current top team Scotland. However, with Benfica making history and Jesus longing to win at home in the Europa League, we should see the Portuguese giant claim a narrow victory. For Rangers, Nikola Katic is the only player to miss the match due to an injury, with the defender expected to return next year. Joe Aribo can make room for Glen Kamara in midfield, but Alfredo Morelos can keep his position ahead. Gerrard could choose a similar team that won Kilmarnock, but the former Liverpool man will be hoping for more goals in this match. Rangers are taking second place - only with goal difference alone separates the two teams in the group. The Norwegian side are in great form recently, comfortably topping the Scotland Premiership - 9 points above nasty rival Celtic, although Hoops has 2 games left yet. Their most recent victory was on Kilmarnock's field, with a James Tavernier penalty being the only goal. Gers also won against Standard Liege and Lech Poznan who passed in the Europa League. 




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