Michael Owen predicts result of Rangers clash v Braga
Michael Owen has described Ibrox as a ‘fortress’ and says it could prove to be the difference when Rangers face Braga in the Europa League this week.
The Bears suffered defeat in the first leg against the Portuguese club last week after Abel Ruiz scored, but the game is still finely in the balance.
Coming off a 4-0 win over St Mirren at the weekend and expecting a rapturous atmosphere for the second leg, Owen told BetVictor that this will be a ‘different match’ to the first leg and is predicting a 2-0 Rangers win.
“Losing 1-0 in Braga wasn’t a disaster for Rangers,” he said.
“Braga are a decent side and were probably worth the win. Rangers did have a few moments in that game, but this will be a different match.
“Ibrox has been such a fortress for them in Europe, and I think that will be the difference. I think they’ll go through, 2-0 to Rangers.”
Not only would getting to the Europa League semi-finals be an absolutely monumental achievement for Rangers, but it would stand them in good stead for the rest of the season.
The Light Blues take on Celtic on Sunday in a Scottish Cup semi-final at Parkhead, knowing that they can give themselves the opportunity for a double and stop Celtic doing it at their expense.
Going into that game on the back of elimination from Europe would be a disaster, so there is more than just progression in the tournament hanging in the balance.
But with that said, this is a huge game in it’s own right too and a victory would mean so much to the fans and to the players, proving that they can overcome adversity and win games they shouldn’t be winning.
Everyone believes Rangers have a great chance of progress, so here’s hoping they prove everyone including Owen right on Thursday.
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