Live match preview – Benfica vs Rangers 05.11.2020

first_img– Advertisement – – Advertisement – Ibrox – Advertisement – Kilmarnock v Rangers Alex Grimaldo is set to miss out for Benfica after the defender sprained his ankle last week. Andre Almeida is also expected to miss the game with a knee injury, while Jean-Clair Todibo remains doubtful.Benfica at a glanceThe coach: Jorge Jesus, the club’s most decorated manager of the 21st century, returned for a second spell in charge this summer after a hugely successful stint in Brazil with Flamengo where he won five trophies. His first spell at Benfica, between 2009 and 2015, brought 10 trophies, including three Portuguese championship titles in six seasons, and two Europa League final appearances, before he stunned by leaving for city rivals Sporting Lisbon.European pedigree: Historically, the club from the Portuguese capital has a strong tradition in European football, winning back-to-back European Cups in 1961 and 1962 and losing in finals in 1963, 1965, 1968, 1988 and 1990. Benfica have also reached three UEFA Cup/Europa League finals, losing on each occasion in 1983, 2013 and 2014.Form: Second in the Portuguese Primeira Liga, Benfica saw their seven-game winning run in all competitions ended at the weekend by a 3-0 defeat at Boavista.How to follow Team news and stats ahead of Benfica vs Rangers in the Europa League group stage on Thursday; kick-off 5.55pm.Team newsRangers have a fully-fit squad ahead of their Europa League clash with Benfica in Lisbon on Thursday night.- Advertisement – 2:36 Rangers manager Steven Gerrard says he has reminded his squad of their responsibilities after Jordan Jones and George Edmundson breached coronavirus protocols, ahead of their Scottish FA disciplinary hearing on November 19 1:19 Follow Benfica vs Rangers with our dedicated live blog across Sky Sports’ digital platforms from 4.30pm on Thursday; kick off 5.55pm.Opta statsBenfica and Rangers will face off for the very first time in European competition.Benfica have hosted Scottish opponents on five previous occasions, winning each game. Each of the last four matches have come against Rangers’ biggest rivals, Celtic.Rangers are currently unbeaten in 11 matches against Portuguese sides, winning each of the last three in a row – those three matches all came in last season’s UEFA Europa League.Including the qualification rounds for the UEFA Europa League, Rangers have won all three of their away matches in European competition this season, by an aggregate scoreline of 11-0.Benfica’s Pizzi has scored in each of Benfica’s four UEFA Europa League matches in 2020, netting five goals. Jordan Jones and George Edmundson have been suspended by the club after breaching Covid-19 rules but would not have faced the Eagles in any case having been left out of Steven Gerrard’s European squad alongside Jermain Defoe.Long-term knee-injury victim Nikola Katic is the only other absentee. Highlights of the Scottish Premiership match between Kilmarnock and Rangerslast_img read more

BSEF Sponsors two locals for study abroad

first_imgBatesville, IN— The Batesville Community Education Foundation is pleased to announce that the 2020 recipients have been selected for a sponsorship program that assists Batesville High School students who want to study abroad during high school, according to BCEF executive director Anne Wilson. BHS students Zoe Peters and Kayla Stone were chosen to each receive $2500 toward program fees for the Indiana University  Honors Program in Foreign Language. This program sends students to foreign countries for the summer to further their study of foreign language and to be immersed in another culture.“Our selection committee chose these two students to support financially,” Wilson explained. “Both students will be living in Spain for six weeks—Peters in Ciudad Real and Stone in León. This sponsorship from BCEF pays for more than one-half of their program fees.”The Andy Koors Legacy Fund was created by the Batesville Community Education Foundation after the nonprofit received the proceeds of a life insurance policy held by the former BHS German teacher who passed away unexpectedly in February 2017. The BCEF board of directors manages this fund to promote initiatives that it believes reflect the values displayed by Koors during his life, such as his dedication to foreign language and generosity to students. This sponsorship program, in its third year, is one of those initiatives, along with the multi-purpose Bulldog Center at BHS.last_img read more