Rangers vs Antwerp Betting Tips
Rangers vs Antwerp
Feb 25th 12:55
- Rangers v Antwerp (Both Teams To Score - Yes)
- Rangers v Antwerp (Over/Under - Over 2.5)
- Rangers v Antwerp (Anytime Goalscorer - Kent, R)
Rangers and Royal Antwerp played a thriller in Belgium in the Europa League last 32 a week ago. It was a wild affair as the clubs combined for seven goals. A 90th-minute penalty gave Rangers the win and they go into the second leg with a slight edge over Royal Antwerp. Now, the Belgians need two goals to overturn the current lead that the Glasgow giants possess.
The Scottish league leaders are 18 points above second-placed Celtic and are on the way to winning the league trophy. Remarkably, Rangers are unbeaten in all competitions thus far and Steven Gerrard’s team continue to find ways to win games. Rangers are coming off of a 4-1 win at the weekend versus Dundee United. Now, Gerrard will hope his side can keep the Europa League last 32 second leg lower scoring when Royal Antwerp arrive in Glasgow.
Royal Antwerp are having an excellent campaign, but will be disappointed having conceded a goal to Rangers in the 90th minute of the first leg. The loss came during a poor run of form for the club which continued at the weekend. Royal Antwerp drew nil-nil with St. Truiden and are now four games without a victory.
The Belgian club have scored plenty of goals this season with 58 in 37 matches. Can they end Rangers’ unbeaten run in all competitions?
Rangers vs Royal Antwerp Betting Odds
While some of the Champions League and Europa League matches have been forced to move due to flight restrictions, Rangers and Royal Antwerp will be played on Thursday night at Ibrox in Glasgow. Playing at home should be a huge boon for Gerrard’s team. Although they have travelled well compiling a record of 16W-5D-0L, their home record has been even better at 18W-1D-0L.
Rangers have scored 52 goals at Ibrox this season for an average of 2.74 goals per match. The defence has been incredible with a mere seven goals allowed to opponents. Rangers concede an average of just 0.33 goals a match. Leading sportsbooks have the Glasgow outfit as favourite to win the match on Thursday night. They are at odds of 4/9 to win the second leg and move on to the last 16 of the Europa League. Rangers are far from favourite to win the competition at odds of 40/1.
Royal Antwerp nearly pulled off a win in the Europa League last 32 first leg at home. They are now 6/1 to win against Rangers according to leading sportsbooks. Rangers have been excellent at Ibrox and will be difficult to defeat. The Belgians have an away record of 9W-2D-7L in all competitions. They are dipping in form at the moment.
Rangers vs Royal Antwerp Team News
Gerrard is without captain James Tavernier. The team’s leading scorer will remain sidelined until March following a knee injury suffered in the first leg of the Europa League last 32. Tavernier attempted to play through the pain but was taken off 25 minutes into the fixture.
With Tavernier off the pitch, Borna Barisic was tasked with taking Rangers’ penalties. Barisic scored twice from the penalty spot in the game with the second coming in second half stoppage-time for the win. Nikola Katic is also ruled out of the game with a knee injury of his own. He won’t be back until March. Kemar Roofe is also out of the match due to injury. It is claimed that Tavernier and Roofe are “irreplaceable” in Rangers’ starting XI.
Royal Antwerp’s Abdoulaye Seck will miss the fixture after being sent off in the first leg courtesy of two yellow cards. Coach Franky Vercauteren could be without four additional players due to injuries. Dylan Batubinsika has a foot injury that should keep him out of the second leg match.
Alexis de Sart is also a possibility to miss out on the game due to an injury. Jean Butez has an ankle issue that will keep him sidelined until February. Sander Coopman is ruled out until March with an ACL injury.
Rangers vs Royal Antwerp Prediction
Both teams to score: YES @ 8/11 - BET NOW
The first leg between Rangers and Royal Antwerp was a thriller with seven goals and the game going down to the last minute. Royal Antwerp have to go out and score goals, which they showed they can certainly do against Rangers. The question will be: can hold the lead? Rangers average 2.74 goals at Ibrox. If Royal Atwerp want to win, they need to play stronger defence, which they are unlikely to do.
Ryan Kent to score anytime @5/2 - BET NOW
The former Liverpool academy player has scored nine goals in 40 matches in all competitions while adding 11 assists. Kent surprisingly has just one goal and one assist in seven Europa League appearances. He did score against Royal Antwerp in the first leg. His goal was the equaliser allowing Barisic to score the winner from the spot.
Over 2.5 goals scored @ 31/50 - BET NOW
If the second leg is anything like the first leg, neutral fans will be treated to a very exciting game. Rangers’ last two games in all competitions finished with over 2.5 goals scored. In four of Rangers’ seven games in the Europa League this season, they saw more than 2.5 goals tallied. Seven of Royal Antwerp’s last 14 games in all competitions finished with over 2.5 goals scored.
Rangers are playing excellent football and are the class of the Scottish Premiership. They have also been brilliant in the Europa League and will fancy their chances of reaching the last 16 with a win over Royal Antwerp. The Belgians must score at least two goals without reply to go through. The problem is that their defence showed it cannot contain Rangers’ attack.
The Glasgow squad should get through to the next round with a win or draw. Leading sportsbooks are confident that Rangers will qualify at odds of 1/40. Expect Gerrard’s team to get to the last 16 and spoil the party for one of the more fancied sides in the tournament.
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