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Rangers Vs RB Leipzig Match Preview: Talking Tactics, Team News And Streaming Links

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Despite a late heartbreak in Germany, Rangers are still pretty much in the race for a place in the Europa League final. But the Gers must overturn the 1-0 deficit as they are set to host mighty RB Leipzig on Thursday night in the return leg of this engaging tie.

Although they might still be without an array of first-team stars due to injury concerns, Leipzig had a gruelling contest against Borussia Monchengladbach that ended in a 3-1 defeat on Monday night. The outcome has jeopardized their automatic Champions League qualification spot and Domenico Tedesco, therefore, must regroup his men before locking horns at Ibrox.

Rangers vs RB Leipzig: Talking Tactics

Giovanni van Bronckhorst must stick to his usual 4-2-3-1 with John Lundstram and Ryan Jack featuring as the ‘double pivot’. The flexibility in the formation should see them shifting to a 4-3-3 or 4-4-2 if the situation demands.

Tedesco, on the other hand, was far from pleased following a defeat against the ten-man Monchengladbach.

“So we now need to find brand new ideas for Glasgow and we also need new personnel too. Tiredness was no reason for this defeat, even if our intensity was completely lacking in the first half.”

Said the Italian boss (as quoted by the Daily Record) who might opt for certain tactical changes as well as rotation in the upcoming fixture. However, he is unlikely to alter the ‘back three’ set-up given his side’s resurgence since Jesse Marsch’s departure.

Team News

Rangers

Rangers striking ace Alfredo Morelos, as well as Ianis Hagi and Filip Helander, are ruled out for the season. Kemar Roofe is nursing an injury, however, the Jamaican centre-forward has not been ruled out yet for the midweek encounter. Aaron Ramsey remains a doubt after picking up a hamstring strain against Celtic in the Scottish Cup semifinal.

Rangers winger Scott Wright against RB Leipzig
LEIPZIG, GERMANY – APRIL 28: Scott Wright of Rangers controls the ball next to Josko Gvardiol of RB Leipzig, Daniel Olmo Carvajal, Marcel Halstenberg and Tyler Adams of RB Leipzig during the UEFA Europa League Semi Final Leg One match between RB Leipzig and Rangers at Football Arena Leipzig on April 28, 2022 in Leipzig, Germany. (Photo by Maja Hitij/Getty Images). The 4th Official uses images provided by the following image agency: Getty Images (https://www.gettyimages.de/) and Imago Images (https://www.imago-images.de/).

Rangers Predicted XI

Allan McGregor; James Tavernier, Connor Goldson, Calvin Bassey, Borna Barisic; John Lundstram, Joe Aribo; Scott Wright, Joe Aribo, Ryan Kent; Fashion Sakala.

RB Leipzig

Leipzig, meanwhile, suffered a setback on Monday night when Josko Gvardiol was taken off in the first half with a potential injury problem.

RB Leipzig Predicted XI

Peter Gulacsi; Lukas Klostermann, Will Orban, Marcel Halstenberg; Benjamin Henrichs, Konrad Laimer, Tyler Adams, Angelino; Dani Olmo; Dominik Szoboszlai, Christopher Nkunku.

Key Men

Rangers

Rangers have a decimated attacking third, but the derby goal last weekend must have boosted Fashion Sakala’s confidence as a ‘number 9’. Ryan Kent has to play a decisive role with his pace and prowess from the left-hand flank.

RB Leipzig

Christopher Nkunku was excellent in the first leg but wasted a couple of golden opportunities to find the net. The free-scoring forward must grab his chances on the road, whereas both Dominik Szoboszlai and Dani Olmo should exhibit their creative spark across the frontline.

Rangers vs RB Leipzig: Streaming Links

Country Broadcaster
United Kingdom BT Sport, BBC Radio Live
USA TUDN USA / Paramount+
India Jio TV, Sony Liv
Canada DAZN
Spain Movistar+
Italy Amazon Prime Video
Germany DAZN, DAZN 1
Australia Stan Sport
New Zealand Spark Sport

 

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