By News Team
4th November 2020
For the third week in a row, Europa League football is back as we prepare for another round of exciting fixtures from all over Europe. We take a look at the standout matches from this week’s games.
Rangers to conquer Estádio De Luz?
Thursday sees Rangers travel to the Estádio De Luz as they face Benfica in a European competition for the first time in the club’s history.
Rangers will be heading into this fixture with history on their side as they are currently on an unbeaten run of 11 games against Portuguese sides. In last season’s Europa League campaign, Rangers faced a Portuguese side three times, coming out victorious on all three occasions. Including qualification fixtures, Rangers have won all three of their away games in the competition this season with a goal difference of 11-0 and Steven Gerrard’s side are 3/1 to continue that sequence.
After defeating Standard Liege 3-0 in matchday two, Benfica will be looking to back that up on Thursday and add to an impressive record against Scottish sides in the competition. The hosts have faced a Scottish opposition five times at the Estádio De Luz, coming out victorious in each one of these games. Benfica head into this fixture as the 10/11 favourites.
Can Spurs put their Antwerp woes to bed?
Spurs travel to Bulgaria needing a win following their shock defeat to Antwerp last Thursday evening, but Ludogorets will not be an easy feat for the north London side.
Like Rangers, Spurs will be facing Ludogorets for the first time in the club’s history and will only be facing a side from Bulgaria for the second time. The last time Spurs faced a side from Bulgaria also came this season where Spurs came out 2-1 winners against Lokomotiv Plovdiv in the qualifying stage. Spurs are currently priced as clear favourites for this fixture coming in at 7/20 but they’ll need to bring their Premier League and not recent Europa League form into this one as they look to bounce back quickly.
Ludogorets have faced an English side four times in a European competition, losing three and drawing once against Liverpool in the 2014 Champions League. Ludogorets currently sit at 15/2 to beat Spurs on Thursday evening. A stat that the home side will not be proud of is that they have won only once in their last eleven home games in the Europa League losing six times.
The Foxes to continue their brilliant European record?
Leicester City will be welcoming Braga to the King Power Stadium on Thursday evening as they face the Portuguese side for the first time in a European competition.
The only time Leicester have faced a Portuguese side in Europe came in the 2016/17 campaign where they ran out 1-0 winners against Porto but lost the away group stage game 5-0. Leicester head into this fixture as the 4/5 favourites but they should be beaming with confidence due to their brilliant European home record. Leicester’s only European defeat came at the hands of Atletico Madrid in 1997 and they have been unbeaten at home ever since, winning six and drawing three.
Braga head into this game on top of the world with the Portuguese side having won six games in a row in all competitions, including two wins in two Europa League games. Portuguese striker Paulinho has scored six goals in the competition since the start of last season but amazingly, he has only had eight shots on target during that time giving him the best conversion rate in the competition. The striker is priced at 21/10 to score anytime on Thursday evening.