Midtjylland vs Rangers betting tips: Europa League qualifying match preview & predictions

Midtjylland vs Rangers prediction: Midtjylland 1-1 Rangers

The next stop on Rangers’ European tour is Herning in Denmark.

The Gers have been impressive so far in the previous two rounds of Europa League qualifying but the level of opposition is far higher in this one.

Will the Scottish side take a good result back to Ibrox?

Second round highlights: Rangers 2-0 Progrès Niederkorn

Midtjylland vs Rangers: Who will win?

FC Midtjylland are 6/4 to win this first leg.

Rangers meanwhile are 17/10 to leave the MCH Arena with a lead.

A draw is 2/1.

Under 2.5 goals is 8/13.

Draw and under 2.5 goals is 11/4.

The Danish side are 5/4 to progress through to the play-off round; Rangers are 4/7 to win the tie overall.

Alfredo Morelos

LIVINGSTON, SCOTLAND – JANUARY 27: Alfredo Morelos of Rangers looks on during the Ladbrokes Premiership match between Livingston and Rangers at Tony Macaroni Arena on January 27, 2019 in Livingston, United Kingdom. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Guinea international Sory Kaba will lead the line for the hosts. He is 5/1 to score first and 2/1 to score anytime.

Alfredo Morelos is likely to be Rangers’ main goal threat. The Colombian is 4/1 to break the deadlock and 6/4 to score anytime.

Midtjylland vs Rangers: Match preview

Will FC Midtjylland end Rangers’ European campaign?

The Wolves finished second in the Danish Superliga last season, finishing just one point behind champions FC København.

In Europe, they’re looking to reach the Europa League group stages for the second time, having done so in 2015.

That year, they knocked out Southampton in qualifying before coming second in a group containing Napoli, Club Brugge and Legia Warsaw.

The round of 32 then saw the most famous night of their history.

Midtjylland came from a goal down to beat Manchester United 2-1 at home; Paul Onuachu netting a late winner.

However, they lost the return leg at Old Trafford 5-1 so exited the competition.

Since then, they’ve lost in the play-off round each year; Osmanlıspor, Apollon Limassol and, most recently, Malmö, the teams to beat them.

They will have to get past Rangers if they’re to even get that far this time.

Will Kenneth Andersen’s side take a lead to Ibrox?

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND – FEBRUARY 8 : A Rangers flag flies outside inbox Stadium before the William Hill Scottish Cup Fifth Round match between Rangers and Raith Rovers on February 8, 2015 in Glasgow Scotland. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Will Rangers get a result in Denmark?

As for the Gers, they head to Denmark buoyant after recent results.

Their 2019/20 season began with a 10-0 aggregate demolition of St Joseph’s, winning 4-0 in Gibraltar and 6-0 at home.

In the last qualifying round, they met old foes Progrès Niederkorn.

Goals from Joe Aribo and Sheyi Ojo saw them to a 2-0 home win before a goalless draw in Luxembourg saw them progress.

On Sunday, their Scottish Premiership season began at Rugby Park.

Scott Arfield scored after just 16 minutes; the perfect start.

However, with just seven minutes remaining, Kilmarnock equalised and it looked like it was going to be more opening day agony for Gerrard.

But, in stoppage time, Connor Goldson’s towering header sealed all three points.

Cue scenes in the away end.

This Rangers team has been build upon strong foundations but their defensive solidity could be tested here.

The winner of this tie will meet either Legia Warsaw or Atromitos in the Europa League play-off round.

Will Rangers be in a strong position to ensure it is they who progress?

Midtjylland team news vs Rangers

Europa League live streaming

SALZBURG, AUSTRIA – MARCH 15: The logo of the UEFA Europa League is seen prior to the UEFA Europa League Round of 16 match between FC Red Bull Salzburg and Borussia Dortmund at the Red Bull Arena on March 15, 2018 in Salzburg, Austria. (Photo by Sebastian Widmann/Bongarts/Getty Images,)

As always, FC Midtjylland will line-up in a 3-5-2 formation.

Kenneth Andersen is expected to name the same starting XI for the third game running.

In fact, nine of this side have played all four of their league games so far this season.

As always, Jesper Hansen will be in goal.

Their back three will include Erik Sviatchenko who scored in an Old Firm at Hampden during his two seasons at Celtic.

Nigerian Frank Onyeka plays at the base of midfield.

Joel Andersson will keep his place at left wing-back ahead of Paulinho.

Paul Onuachu is the man who scored the winner against Manchester United but he’s likely to be on the bench for this one.

That’s because Brazilian Júnior Brumado and Gustav Wikheim will continue as the front two.

Does this side have enough to beat Rangers?

Rangers team news vs Midtjylland

Steven Gerrard

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND – DECEMBER 29: Rangers Manager, Steven Gerrard looks on during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premier League between Celtic and at Ibrox Stadium on December 29, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

As for Rangers, Steven Gerrard appears to have, largely, settled on an XI right now.

Allan McGregor was suspended for the weekend trip to Ayrshire but is eligible to play in UEFA competition.

It’s likely to be the same back four for the third game in a row.

That would mean Nikola Katić and Borna Barišić keep their places ahead of George Edmundson and Andy Halliday respectively.

Filip Helander is still awaiting his Rangers debut.

In midfield, Glenn Kamara is likely to come back in to add some defensive stability to this side.

Steven Davis will be the man to make way as Joe Aribo has made himself undroppable right now.

Scott Arfield, who scored at the weekend, is also expected to get the nod ahead of Jordan Jones and Greg Stewart.

Gerrard has a decision to make up front though.

Jermain Defoe started last mid-week in Luxembourg whereas Alfredo Morelos was the man who led the line at Rugby Park.

The Colombian is expected to start once more but, even if he is on the bench, don’t be surprised if Defoe makes an impact in this one.

Will Rangers be in a good position with the second leg in Glasgow to come?

Predicted Midtjylland line-up vs Rangers

Predicted Midtjylland line-up vs Rangers

Predicted FC Midtjylland line-up vs Rangers

Predicted Rangers line-up vs Midtjylland

Predicted Rangers line-up vs Midtjylland

Predicted Rangers line-up vs FC Midtjylland.

First round highlights: Rangers 10-0 St Joseph’s

Premiership highlights: Kilmarnock 1-2 Rangers

The latest tweets from Midtjylland pre Rangers

The latest tweets from Rangers pre Midtjylland

All odds mentioned in this article are correct at the time of publishing and are subject to change.

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