Rangers vs Benfica: Europa League stat pack

Rangers are set to welcome Portuguese outfit Benfica to the Ibrox on Thursday evening for a Europa League last-16 second-leg clash.

The Scottish outfit were able to secure a 2-2 draw when playing the first leg in Portugal and are 15/8 with bet365 to pick up the win this week.

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Rangers vs Benfica stat pack

Here are all the key stats you need to know ahead of the game:

  • All three of the meetings between Rangers and Benfica in Europe have ended level, while both teams have scored at least twice in all three fixtures (3-3 and 2-2 in the 2020-21 UEFA Europa League, and 2-2 in the first leg this season).
  • Benfica won their first ever away game in European competition in Scotland back in September 1960 against Heart of Midlothian in the European Cup (2-1), but are winless in five such matches since (D2 L3).
  • After beating Crvena Zvezda 4-2 on aggregate in 2021-22, Rangers are looking to qualify from consecutive ties in the round of 16 in the UEFA Europa League – this after previously failing to do so in any of their first three ties at this stage of the competition (eliminated in 2010-11, 2019-20 and 2020-21).
  • When failing to win the first leg at home in a two-legged knockout stage tie in European competition, Benfica have only managed to progress on one of the previous five occasions (v Ajax in the round of 16 in the UEFA Champions League in 2021-22 – 2-2 at home, 1-0 away).
Josh Barker

Josh Barker

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