Second-Leg Showdown for Rangers vs RB Leipzig
Either the Rangers or RB Leipzig will book their place in the Europa League final on Thursday. Visiting Leipzig comes into the second leg in Scotland with a one-goal advantage. The Rangers vs RB Leipzig odds favor Leipzig once again, but Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s Rangers have proven to be a resilient bunch. If Leipzig hold on, this would be a special occasion for them as it would mean qualifying for their first major European final.
Rangers vs RB Leipzig Preview:
Location: Ibrox Stadium, Glasgow, Scotland.
Date & Time: Thursday, 3 p.m. ET
TV: Paramount+, FuboTV, TUDN
- RB Leipzig 1-0 Rangers
The Rangers vs RB Leipzig head-to-head history is quite short as last Thursday was the first meeting between these two clubs. RB Leipzig dominated the first leg at home and Rangers could hardly string together a couple of passes. However, the Rangers were able to hold them off for the vast majority of the match.
Leipzig’s Angelino scored the game’s only goal in the 85th minute to give the German side a one-goal advantage heading into the decider.
Rangers Solid at Ibrox
- Form (All Competitions): D,L,W,W,W
- Injuries and Suspensions: M Ianis Hagi (knee), F Alfredo Morelos (thigh), D Filip Helander (foot), F Kemar Roofe (knee), M Aaron Ramsey (hamstring)
The Rangers had another Old Firm Derby on the schedule last weekend and managed to draw 1-1 at Celtic. Fashion Sakala scored his eighth goal of the season and it appears he’ll have a part to play on Thursday with Kemar Roofe and Alfredo Morelos out.
Although the Rangers vs RB Leipzig odds list the Scottish side as underdogs, Rangers have lost just one match at Ibrox since September. This isn’t the first time they’re facing a German club in the knockout stage, either. In February, Rangers managed a 2-2 draw vs Dortmund in Glasgow after shockingly winning the first leg 4-2.
Despite some key injuries, I wouldn’t completely count out the Rangers. The duo of Joe Aribo and Sakala can score goals and it should help playing in front of their home fans.
Leipzig: One Foot in Europa Final
- Form (All Competitions): L,W,L,W,W
- Injuries and Suspensions: M Amadou Haidara (MCL)
RB Leipzig’s Bundesliga top-four hopes took a big hit on Monday as they fell 3-1 to a 10-man Borussia Monchengladbach. Leipzig are now in fifth in the Bundesliga, behind SC Freiburg, with just two matches remaining. Regardless, they can book a place in the Champions League by winning the Europa League, which they’re even-money favorites to do.
A solid UEFA Europa League betting tip this season has been taking Leipzig to avoid defeat. Since getting transferred from the UCL to the Europa League, Leipzig are unbeaten in five knockout stage matches. They’ve won both of their previous knockout stage matches away from home by a two-goal margin and have knocked out excellent teams in Real Sociedad and Atalanta.
Leipzig’s front three is full of creativity and Christopher Nkunku is a wanted man by Europe’s top clubs. The French forward has 31 goal contributions in the Bundesliga and will be difficult for Rangers to contain.
What to Watch
With RB Leipzig’s loss on Monday, the Europa League suddenly becomes imperative for them to win. Expect a better performance from Leipzig on Thursday, but the Rangers will defend Ibrox with vigor.
Rangers vs RB Leipzig odds list Leipzig as ½-goal favorites and they’ve averaged three goals per game on the road in UEFA competitions this season. That’s an interesting stat, given that the over/under goal total is set at just 2½ for Thursday’s match.
Priced as +255 underdogs, Rangers have reached the final of European competition in four of five previous semifinals. However, they have scored just one goal in their last two matches and appear to be missing Morelos and Roofe up front. It’ll be an uphill battle for them to overturn a one-goal deficit and advance.Follow us on Twitter