Steven Gerrard will need to pick his players up for the crucial home tie against Young Boys in the Europa League. Rangers have received to back to back setbacks as they dropped points against Aberdeen not too long ago then they succumbed to the League Cup final defeat against arch-rivals Celtic. The Gers will hope that they can end their bad last few days on a positive note by ensuring a place in the knockout stages of the Europa League.
The good thing for Rangers is that they have their destiny in their own hands and a draw would see them through. Even a loss could see them advance, but other results would need to go in their favour. The reverse fixture between the two teams was evenly matched, but Rangers conceded a late goal to lose 2-1.
Rangers have won both of their home fixtures in Europe so far so they should be confident about getting the job done. However, it remains to be seen whether the players would be able to leave behind the baggage of the League Cup final loss from the weekend.
What to expect from Rangers?
The English manager could either opt for 4-3-3 or a 4-2-3-1 in this fixture. Gerrard could be without Steven Davis due to an injury and his experience, and the control which he provides in the middle could be missed. Rangers’ major threat will likely come from their fullbacks as both Tavernier and Barisic have impressive crossing abilities. The wide attacking players will often drift inside. Alfredo Morelos will always look to be on the move and stretch play from time to time.
What to expect from Young Boys?
Young Boys will likely line up in a 4-4-2. Their major headache could be to beat the Rangers press, as even at home, the Swiss heavyweights struggled on some occasions. Rangers at Ibrox would undoubtedly look to start on the front foot, and it would be essential for Young Boys to stay level in the game after the first 15-20 minutes. They will look to create overloads in the wide region and force an error out of either Tavernier or Barisic. Rangers will also need to be good in getting the second balls as Young Boys were able to win quite a few of those in the previous fixture.
Steven Davis is going to be the only major absentee for the Bears.
Predicted lineup: McGregor; Barisic, Helander, Goldson, Tavernier; Kamara, Jack, Arfield; Stewart, Kent, Morelos
Mohamed Camara, Sandro Lauper, Miralem Sulejmani and Gianluca Gaudino are expected to miss out due to injuries.
Predicted Lineup: Von Ballmoos; Garcia, Zesiger, Sorensen, Janko; Ngamaleu, Aebischer, Martins, Fassnacht; Hoarau, Nsame
Alfredo Morelos and Ryan Kent owe a big performance after flopping in the final. In defence, Goldson will have to be at his best.
Nicolas Moumi Ngamaleu will be a crucial player for his side in the wide region, and he could test Tavernier again after troubling him in the first leg. Guillaume Hoarau’s strength and physicality upfront could trouble the home team’s backline.
Rangers Win- 4/5
Young Boys Win- 16/5
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