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Rangers vs PSV Eindhoven betting tips: Champions League play-off round first leg preview, predictions, team news and odds

Rangers vs PSV Eindhoven odds and betting statistics

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Rangers vs PSV Eindhoven match preview

For the second successive season, these two clubs go head-to-head in the Champions League play-offs, and those of a Rangers persuasion will certainly be hoping to expirence a sense of déjà vu.

Almost exactly 12 months ago, these two clubs played out a thoroughly entertaining 2-2 draw at Ibrox before, eight nights later, Antonio Čolak was the only scorer at Philips Stadion in a 1-0 victory for the Scottish visitors.

This ended Rangers’ 12-year exile from the Champions League group stages, but that campaign certainly did not go to plan, losing all six matches and conceding 22 goals.

This makes the Light Blues the worst-performing side in Champions League group phase history, very much determined to get back to that level and put things right.

Now led by Michael Beale, the Gers edged out Servette in the third qualifying round, winning 2-1 in Govan before a 1-1 draw in Switzerland a week ago.

James Tavernier’s back-post header at Stade de Genève last Tuesday enough to see them through.

PSV Eindhoven meantime have not qualified for the Champions League group stages since 2018, but are looking really good right now, smashing Sturm Graz 7-2 in the previous round.

Luuk de Jong netting thrice across the two legs, before Ricardo Pepi’s late penalty completed the rout at Liebenauer Stadium seven nights ago.

Under new Head Coach Peter Bosz, the Red and Whites have also picked up the Johan Cruijff Shield, defeating Feyenoord in Rotterdam, whilst also commencing the new Eredivisie campaign with two wins out of two.

However, Rangers have only lost seven of their last 39 European home games, so will the raucous home crowd roar their team onto a vital victory at Ibrox?

Rangers team news

On Saturday, Rangers came from behind to beat Greenock Morton in the League Cup, with Michael Beale making wholesale changes for that clash against Championship opposition.

Of the XI that started in Geneva four days earlier, only Jack Butland, Connor Goldson and José Cifuentes did so again at the weekend.

Captain James Tavernier, John Souttar and Borna Barišić will return to defence, but Beale does have decisions to make in attack.

Todd Cantwell and Abdallah Sima flanked Danilo in Switzerland a week ago, but Cyriel Dessers’ recent goals at Ibrox against both Servette and Morton could earn him a start here.

Predicted XI (4-3-3): Butland; Tavernier, Goldson, Souttar, Barišić; Raskin, Jack, Cifuentes, Cantwell, Dessers; Danilo.

PSV Eindhoven team news

Peter Bosz’s team impressively beat Vitesse Arnhem 3-1 at GelreDome on Saturday, so he isn’t expected to change too much.

Ibrahim Sangaré scored a header at Ibrox 12 months ago, and remains PSV’s midfield linchpin.

Left-back Patrick van Aanholt went off injured at the weekend, so Shurandy Sambo could deputise.

Alternatively, USMNT full-back Sergino Dest could make his debut after joining on loan from Barcelona on Monday, while his American teammate Ricardo Pepi will be on the bench.

In attack, captain Luuk de Jong has been on fire this season, scoring four in five games, so he’s certainly their danger man.

Predicted XI (4-2-3-1): Benítez; Teze, Ramalho, Boscagli, Dest; Sangaré, Veerman, Saibari; Bakayoko, Vertessen, de Jong.

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