Foxes win proves Prague are not any pushovers
Rangers are concerned within the Europa League Round of 16 for the second 12 months in-a-row as Steven Gerrard’s Scottish Premiership champions goal to enhance on final season’s efforts. They journey to Prague the place they’re going to face Czech First League champions Slavia.
Supporters of the Gers are having fun with an exciting season that has already led the Glasgow membership again to the highest of Scottish soccer, shattering Celtic’s 10-in-a-row desires within the course of. Spirits are excessive within the camp, however Prague can be no pushovers having eradicated English Premier League facet Leicester City within the earlier spherical.
Sporting miracle in England
Slavia Prague noticed off Premier League top-four hopefuls Leicester however wanted a shock away win on the King Power Stadium to attain it. The crimson and whites have been held to a goalless draw on their personal patch within the first leg of that Round of 32 contest, a consequence that gave them an uphill battle within the second leg.
Prague went in as betting underdogs and have been on the backfoot for many of the sport however efficiently damage Brendan Rodgers’ facet on the break. Second half targets from Lukas Provod and younger striker Abdallah Sima noticed them progress. Manager Jindrich Trpisovsky labelled his facet’s achievement a sporting miracle and can imagine Rangers are a step down in commonplace.
14-goal thriller sees Gers by means of
Followers of Rangers have grow to be accustomed to watching Gerrard’s Gers defend and hit groups on the counter however that wasn’t the case in opposition to Belgian facet Royal Antwerp. The combination rating in that tie led to a 9-5 win for Rangers who claimed a gorgeous 4-3 victory on their travels within the first leg. They could have leaked targets simply within the 180 minutes of soccer however had no issues discovering the web.
Gers have been simply as profitable within the Scottish Premiership and hammered St Mirren at Ibrox on Saturday to clinch a historic fifty fifth title. Celtic’s draw the next day at Dundee Utd sparked wild celebrations. Rangers can be wanting to proceed their unimaginable type however journey to Prague with out injured captain James Tavernier.
Prague favoured for the house win
The pre-match betting obtainable on the Betfair Exchange has Slavia Prague as favourites for the victory with 2.486/4. That’s comprehensible as they’ve house benefit and are crammed with confidence following that deserved victory over a robust Leicester workforce final time.
It can be silly to write down off the probabilities of Rangers, nevertheless, a workforce which might be within the final 16 of the competitors for the second 12 months regardless of beginning within the qualifying rounds. Gerrard is aware of it is a step up in school from Antwerp however has each confidence in his troops. Rangers are 3.211/5 to win this recreation however the draw looks a better bet at 3.412/5.
Rangers can be extra reserved
Rangers went toe-to-toe with Antwerp final time and Gerrard would have been upset to concede 5 targets in these two video games. He’ll know they will not get away with that kind of defending right here. Antwerp did look fragile on the again, nevertheless, and Rangers pushed to take advantage of that. It’s unlikely they’re going to undertake that technique in opposition to a well-organised Prague.
Under 2.5 targets on this recreation could be backed at 1.774/5 on the Betfair Exchange and is an consequence that might doubtless go well with Rangers. Taking no in the both teams to score market is 2.1211/10 and would have been a successful wager in every of Prague’s two video games in opposition to Leicester.