Scottish Premier League leaders Rangers resume their Europa League commitments on Thursday as they journey to Belgium to face Royal Antwerp.
The encounter is the primary leg of the spherical of 32, and represents the primary time these two opponents have met in a aggressive fixture.
Steven Gerrard’s facet are only a few wins away from stopping Celtic’s nine-year reign as Scottish champions. They are going to be trying ahead to assembling one other run in European competitors.
Final season, they reached the spherical of 16, the place they misplaced to Bayer Leverkusen after beating Braga within the spherical of 32.
Rangers completed prime of their group earlier than Christmas, pipping Benfica to prime spot on away objectives within the head-to-head file. They’ve already confronted a Belgian facet this season, profitable each video games towards Commonplace Liege within the group phases.
Within the recreation in Liege, Kemar Roofe scored a memorable objective from close to the midway line, as Rangers started their marketing campaign in fashion.
In the meantime, Antwerp usually are not having a foul season domestically. They’re at the moment second, 13 factors behind runaway leaders Membership Brugge.
That they had a memorable group stage as nicely, wherein they completed second behind Tottenham Hotspur. They beat the English giants 1-0 within the recreation performed on the Bosuilstadion.
Royal Antwerp vs Rangers Head-to-Head
Antwerp have by no means confronted Rangers in a aggressive recreation beforehand.
Royal Antwerp type information: D-L-W-W-W
Rangers type information: W-D-W-W-W
Royal Antwerp vs Rangers Group Information
Striker Diumerci Mbokani, who has missed the previous couple of weeks of motion with a calf damage, stays on the sidelines.
Dylan Batubinsika and Jean Butez each have ankle accidents, whereas Faris Haroun and Matheus are out with calf accidents.
Striker Didier Lamkel Ze is suspended for the primary leg of this tie.
Injured: Diumerci Mbokani, Dylan Batubinsika, Jean Butez, Faris Haroun, Matheus
Suspended: Didier Lamkel Ze
Alfredo Morelos has missed the final three league video games on account of a suspension, whereas Kemar Roofe was suspended for the final one too. Each of them are anticipated to start out this recreation.
Scott Arfield stays a doubt for this recreation, whereas Nikola Katic is out with a knee damage.
Injured: Nikola Katic
Uncertain: Scott Arfield
Royal Antwerp vs Rangers Predicted XIs
Royal Antwerp Predicted XI (3-4-2-1): Alireza Beiranvand; Seck, Maxime Le Marchand, Ritchie de Laet; De Pauw, Hongla, Boya, Jordan Lukaku; Gerkens, Refaelov; Avenatti
Rangers Predicted XI (4-4-2): Allan McGregor; James Tavernier, Connor Goldson, Leon Balogun, Borna Barisic; Steven Davis, Ryan Jack, Joe Aribo; Kemar Roofe, Alfredo Morelos, Ryan Kent
Royal Antwerp vs Rangers Prediction
Rangers go in as slight favorites right here, particularly with Antwerp lacking Mbokani and Lamkel Ze.
We’re predicting a slender win for the Scottish facet on Thursday.
Prediction: Royal Antwerp 0-1 Rangers
Printed 17 Feb 2021, 12:36 IST