Foot Predictions shows the Europa League clash on Thursday between the Royal Antwerp and the Rangers, including hunches, preview and possible lineups.
guards travel to Royal Antwerp stop them Europa League The round of 16 draws on Thursday night, hoping to extend their unbeaten run to 13 games in all competitions and take a step closer to advancing to the final stages.
In the meantime, the hosts will play their first game to eliminate in European competition in 27 years and intend to cause a defeat against the Scottish team in good form.
Rangers advanced to the knockout stage of the Europa League for the second consecutive season after finishing at the top of Group D, ahead of Portuguese giant Benfica.
Steven GerrardThe team is one of only six teams that remain unbeaten in this season’s competition, after winning four and drawing two of the six matches in the first round, scoring 13 goals in the process.
The Gers have been in the headlines of what has been such a wonderful campaign for Rangers fans so far, seeing their team stay 18 points clear of rival Celtic at the top of the Scottish Premiership and on track to secure their first title since 2011 .
However, last week he saw Ibrox’s clothing in the headlines for more worrisome issues, as the club launched an internal investigation after allegations that several players violated coronavirus protocols after attending a house party that was interrupted by the police. .
After Jordan Jones and George Edmundson both were banned for seven games for a similar offense two months ago, it seems likely that more punishments will be applied to any player identified as being involved, the last thing Gerrard would want at this stage of the season.
The Gers go into Thursday’s match after losing the first leg of a European tie once in their last nine games, although that was in the Europa League round of 16 tie against Bayer Leverkusen.
Rangers – who have already defeated Belgian opponents in this campaign, beating Standard Liege twice in the group stage – are eager to establish themselves in the tie against a team from the Royal Antwerp, which they have never faced in an official match.
Royal Antwerp entered unfamiliar territory as they reached the knockout stage of a major European competition for the first time since their 10-2 loss to Newcastle United in the 1994-95 UEFA Cup first round.
The Great Old won four of their six Group J games and finished second behind Tottenham Hotspur, despite winning a surprising 1-0 home win over Jose Mourinhoon the back side in October.
Antwerp will play its first leg against the Gers in Belgium, although several other European games have been rescheduled to other destinations in Europe amidst several bans on coronavirus travel across the continent.
Franky VercauterenThe team heads into Thursday’s game after winning just one of the last four games against the Scottish opponent, beating Dundee United 4-0 at home in the 1989-90 UEFA Cup.
Antwerp hopes to strengthen its defense against the Gers after suffering six of the last seven games in all competitions, including a 3-1 loss to Club Brugge in the Belgian Cup last Wednesday.
Although Rangers are the big favorites to pass this round of 16 tie, Antwerp knows that a positive result in the first leg can make them believe that they can cause a turnaround and move to the last stages.
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Antwerp coach Franky Vercauteren does not have several players from the main team before Thursday’s match with the best scorer Dieumerci Mbokani, who missed the last four weeks with a calf injury, the most notable absence.
Dylan Batubinsika and Jean Butez are both suffering from ankle injuries, while Faris Haroun and Matheus are also having calf problems.
attacker Didier Lamkel Ze it is also not available for selection, as it is suspended for the first leg.
Uruguayan striker Felipe avenatti, which signed a loan from Standard Liege last month, is expected to lead the battle against the Gers.
Colombian striker Alfredo Morelos, who recently served a three-game suspension at home, is in contention to start ahead of Cedric Itten.
Defender Leon Balogun and forward Kemar Roofe they are both just a yellow card from a suspension, which would lead them to lose the second leg, although Gerrard must choose the pair as a starter.
Possible initial lineup of Royal Antwerp:
Beiranvand; Seck, Le Marchand, de Laet; De Pauw, Hongla, Boya, Lukaku; Gerkens, Refaelov; Avenatti
Possible starting lineup for Rangers:
McGregor; Tavernier, Goldson, Balogun, Barisic; Davies, Jack, Aribo; Roofe, Morelos, Kent
Probability: Royal Antwerp 0-1 Rangers
Rangers have scored a solitary goal in five of their last six games and may face difficulties against a compact Royal Antwerp team that will make defeat difficult.
However, the Gers must be of sufficient quality in the final third to take a small advantage for the second leg at Ibrox next week.
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