Alex Jones (@AleexJ0nes) previews Rangers v Uefa and provides us with his best bets for this Europa League qualifier by analysing team news, potential line-ups, head-to-head, key stats and facts and more.
Rangers v Ufa Betting Preview, Odds & Tips
- Date: 23/08/18
- Time: 19:45
- Venue: Ibrox
- Channel: BT Sport
Rangers face Russian Premier League side in their last round to qualify for this season’s Europa League. The Scottish side have been a long way from their best for a few seasons now and the decision to hire Steven Gerrard as their manager came as a surprise not only due to his lack of experience but also because of the risk the Rangers board are taking at a time where the club needs stability and a vast improvement in football results. Rangers defeated FC Maribor 4-1 in the last round and they would love to replicate this kind of scoring form in this round to get them into Europe.
The blue fans of Glasgow would love to qualify even more so now after Celtic failed to qualify for the Champions League for the first time in a few years. However, Rangers’ main aim must surely be to compete at the top of the table with Brendan Rogers’ side, coincidentally Gerrard’s last manager as a Liverpool player.
Rangers are priced at 4/6 to win this match here with most bookmakers, and with their recent form at Ibrox they should comfortbaly defeat the Russian team here. After 8 wins in their last 9 at home, and also a 14 game unbeaten run, the team are oozing confidence and after some impressive loan singings like Ejaria from Gerrard’s old club they now have some creative talent on their teamsheet.
FC Ufa on the other hand are on the back of some wretched form, especially away from home, only winning 2 of their last 9. Midfielder Paurevic scored both of their goals to ensure their qualification into this game against Rangers and the 27 year old will be looking to increase his tally at Ibrox on Thursday evening.
Potential Rangers Starting XI: Foderingham, Tavernier, Goldson, Barisic, Katic, Arfield, Halliday, Kent, Ejaria, Murphy, Morelos
Potential Ufa Starting XI: Belenov, Jokic, Alikin, Carp, Tumasyan, Tabidze, Salatic, Paurevic, Oblyakov, Zhivoglyadov, Igobun
Head To Head
- They have never met.
Key Stats & Facts
- Rangers are unbeaten in 14 games since their 5-0 loss to Celtic.
- Rangers have won 8 out of their last 9 home games.
- Ufa have only won 2 of their last 9.
- Rangers 4/6
- Draw 11/4
- Ufa 4/1
Rangers should be too strong for the Russian side here, especially at Ibrox, with Gerrard’s men surely looking to take a strong cushion into the away game a week later.