Rangers vs Niederkorn | Europa League Betting Tip, Prediction & Odds
The second qualifying round of the UEFA Europa League starts this Thursday with the first legs on the schedule. Rangers continue their journey with a home clash against the Luxembourgish side Niederkorn, so let’s take a look at the teams’ news and form and the latest odds and predictions.
Rangers – Niederkorn
- 2019-20 UEFA Europa League Second Qualifying Round
- Ibrox Stadium, Glasgow, UK
- Thursday 25th July
- 19:45 UK Time
Rangers News & Form
The Teddy Bears started their Europa League campaign on a high note, thrashing off the Gibraltar side St. Josephs 10-0 on aggregate. They scored four goals on the road and put on a show in front of the home fans, bagging six times at Ibrox Stadium. It was Rangers’ fifth straight victory at home without conceding a single goal.
Striker Alfredo Morelos scored a hat-trick in the second leg against St. Josephs, showing he will be a key player for the Teddy Bears this season. Morelos netted 18 times in 30 appearances in all competitions last season. The manager Steven Gerrard cannot count on full-back Jon Flanagan, while all other players are ready to go.
Niederkorn News & Form
FC Progres Niederkorn eliminated the Irish side Cork City in the first round, beating the Rebel Army 3-2 on aggregate. They won the first leg in Ireland 2-0 and reached the second round despite a 2-1 loss at home thanks to a 17-year old forward Bah Issa who scored the only goal for Niederkorn in the second half.
The captain Sebastien Thill is a key player in this Niederkorn team, and the 25-year old midfielder made 13 assists and scored six goals in 39 appearances last season. Striker Mayron de Almeida will lead the front line, and he bagged 16 goals last season along with six dishes.
Rangers vs Niederkorn Head to Head
These two sides met each other two years ago in the first qualifying round of the Europa League, and Niederkorn pulled off a massive upset, eliminating Rangers 2-1 on aggregate. Niederkorn overcame a one-goal deficit from the first leg with an excellent 2-0 victory at home, so the Teddy Bears will have a huge motive to get a payoff.
Betting Odds and Predictions: Rangers v Niederkorn
Rangers are massive favourites to win the first leg at Ibrox Stadium, and you can take them at 1/16 odds with Ladbrokes, while Niederkorn is a 60/1 underdog on the same platform. Ladbrokes offers 12/1 odds on a draw. Rangers is a 5/8 favourite with Bet365 to cover a 2.5-goal handicap.
When it comes to the totals, the bookmakers expect to see a high-scoring affair. Ladbrokes offers 5/6 odds on the over 3.5 goals, while the under pays 20/23. Also, the price on the over 1.5 goals in the first half is 1/1 with Coral. The bookies would be surprised if the visitors score and the odds on both teams to find the net are 11/4 with William Hill.
Our Rangers vs Niederkorn Betting Tip
This is a completely different Rangers team than the one that lost to Niederkorn two years ago. Under Steven Gerrard, the Teddy Bears prefer an attacking approach and look well-organized in the middle of the park. Likewise, they won’t underestimate Niederkorn, for sure.
Hereof, I think the hosts will get the first leg by a few goals, so I’m backing them to cover a 2.5-goal handicap at 8/13 odds with Ladbrokes. I expect Rangers to dominate their rivals and get revenge for that embarrassing loss in 2017.