07 November 2019 22:38
Rangers welcome FC Porto to Ibrox this evening, hoping to build on their impressive 1-1 draw in Portugal two weeks ago. If Steven Gerrard's side can replicate their performance from the first game at Ibrox then a famous win could be on the cards. Steven Gerrard reckons Porto 'maxed out' against Rangers in Europa League draw Porto may have missed out on the Champions League this term but they are still a quality outfit and will be dangerous tonight. Gerrard was positive at his pre-match press conference on Wednesday and Rangers will be on the front foot on home soil. Rangers were unfortunate not to take more from their visit to Portugal and came away with a decent draw, in the end.
That should provide them with the confidence they need to take the game to Porto this evening in front of a sell-out crowd at Ibrox. Celtic and Rangers' Euro rivals Lazio and Porto earn vital wins ahead of matchday four clashes Atmosphere has never been an issue in Glasgow on these big nights and the crowd will be behind Steven Gerrard's men. They outplayed Feyenoord earlier in the group at home and will look to do so against Porto. The draw that Rangers earned in Porto last time out will give them great encouragement for tonight, and I think they will have enough to record a famous victory. You could see the belief growing within the Rangers players as the game wore on in Portugal, as they realised that although Porto may be a famous name, this current incarnation of their side aren't world-beaters by any stretch.
The Liga NOS runners-up have stuttered a little domestically recently – they drew away to Maritimo and scraped a win over bottom-side Aves in their last two games – but I would expect an improved performance in Europe. Steven Gerrard has an excellent European record – he's only lost three games – and in general, they have played well at Ibrox in Europe. I think Rangers will be knocking on the door and will be the better team, but I can see Sergio Conceicao's side nicking a point in Govan. If Rangers can replicate their performance against Porto in Portugal a fortnight ago they can, with the Ibrox support behind them, record a famous win and take a giant stride towards the Europa League group stages. It's a massive night for Rangers as last season's Champions League quarter finalists Porto come to town in Europa League group G.
1 Rangers drew 1-1 away to Porto last month Credit: AFP OR LICENSORS Both teams sit level on points in Group G and a victory would put Gers in pole position for qualification. The Light Blues have still to play Feyenoord in Rotterdam before hosting Young Boys on matchday six. When is Rangers vs Porto? Rangers face Porto TONIGHT (November 7). The game will take place at Ibrox. Is Rangers vs Porto on TV and can I live stream it? You can watch the game live on BT Sport 3 with coverage starting at 8pm. Steven Gerrard has gone with Brandon Barker and Ryan Kent either side of Alfredo Morelos up front. Rangers: McGregor, Tavernier, Helander, Goldson, Jack, Davies, Kent, Kamara, Morelos, Barker, Barisic. Subs: Foderingham, Edmundson, Flanagan, Aribo, Arfield, Ojo, Defoe. Subs: Diogo Costa, Saravia, Bruno Costa, Fabio Silva, Nakajima, Luis Diaz e Ze Luis. Rangers take on Porto at Ibrox on Thursday as they look to boost their chances of reaching the Europa League knockout stages. The Light Blues impressed in the previous match between the two sides in Portugal last month, and managed to come away with a 1-1 draw thanks to Alfredo Morelos' equaliser. The Gers sit second in the group level with tonight's opponents after three fixtures, and are looking for a win that could put them above Young Boys. Steven Gerrard has given his thoughts on the well-balanced encounter, and backed his team to continue their good form. "So far we have done ever so well and could easily have been in a better position after the Young Boys away match. "We want to keep growing and to prove that we are a good team." Rangers' record signing Ryan Kent is likely to start having battled his way back to full fitness, and the 22-year-old is keen to make an impact. He said: "I do love these European nights, the scale of the game, the top-level football. The fans love it and, as players, these are the games we also relish." What time does Rangers vs Porto kick-off? The Europa League clash kicks off at 8pm GMT. What TV channel is Rangers vs Porto on? Rangers vs Porto live stream and TV channel: How to watch Europa League fixture tonight RANGERS face Porto in their fourth Europa League group stage fixture tonight and will take heart from the 1-1 draw in the previous meeting between the two sides. Here's everything you need to know ahead of tonight's Group G fixture.