Rangers vs Feyenoord betting tips: UEFA Europa League match preview & predictions

Rangers vs Feyenoord prediction: Rangers 2-1 Feyenoord

After another incredibly long qualifying campaign, Rangers are back in the Europa League group stages for a second successive season.

The Gers have been handed a very tough draw though.

So, if they are to upset the odds and qualify for the knockout phase, Ibrox is going to have to be a fortress.

Will Steven Gerrard’s side get off to the perfect start with a win here?

Highlights of Rangers 1-0 Legia Warsaw

Rangers vs Feyenoord: Who will win?

Rangers, as the home side, are favourites to win this match at 13/10.

Feyenoord meanwhile are 2/1 to leave Glasgow with all three points.

A draw, which doesn’t really suit either team, is 9/4.

Over 2.5 goals is evens.

Both teams to score is 8/11.

Rangers to win and both teams to score is 7/2.

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)

Alfredo Morelos was the top scorer in Europa League qualifying with eight goals. The Colombian is 7/2 to break the deadlock and 7/4 to add to his impressive amount of goals.

James Tavernier has scored 18 goals since the start of last season. He is 10/1 to score first and 9/2 to get his second in as many games.

Nicolai Jørgensen is likely to be Feyenoord’s main goal threat. The Dane is 11/2 to score first and 5/2 to score anytime.

Luciano Narsingh is another player for Rangers to be wary of. He is also 11/2 to open the scoring but is 9/2 to score anytime.

Both Tavernier and Morelos to score is 16/1.

Both Scott Arfield and Sheyi Ojo to score is 33/1.

Both Jørgensen and Narsingh to score is 22/1.

Both Leroy Fer and Jørgensen to score is 30/1.

Rangers vs Feyenoord: Match preview

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)

Rangers had to play four two-legged European qualifying ties but once again it was worth it.

Back in July, the Gers hammered St Joseph’s 10-0 over the two legs before edging out old adversaries Progrès Niederkorn 2-0 on aggregate.

The third round was then a goal fest as they beat FC Midtjylland 7-3 on aggregate featuring an outstanding 4-2 win in Denmark.

It’s fair to say the play-off round meeting with Legia Warsaw was a tighter affair.

After 180 minutes, first at the Polish Army Stadium and then at Ibrox, there had been no goals.

But, in the first minute of stoppage time, Jordan Jones’ cross picked out Alfredo Morelos who nodded in a dramatic winner.

Back-to-back Europa League group stage appearances for Rangers secured.

Only two teams have won all eight qualifiers since the start of last season, Crvena Zvezda and Gerrard’s side.

It’s also been going well on the whole domestically for Rangers.

Saturday’s comeback 3-1 win over Livingston at home means they have 12 points after five games.

The only problem is, the only game they last was at home to Celtic who they trail by three points already.

But attention is back on continental matters for now.

In the group stages last season, they missed out on the knockout phase after a late defeat in Vienna to Rapid on matchday six.

This year, they’ve been handed an even tougher assignment.

Former two-times European champions FC Porto and back to back Swiss champions Young Boys make up Group G.

Those two are the favourites to qualify with Rangers and Feyenoord the outsiders.

If the Scottish side are to upset the odds, they are going to have to win their home matches, particularly this one as, on paper, this is their easiest game of the whole campaign.

Will it be a famous night at Ibrox?

Can Feyenoord silence Ibrox?

Europa League live streaming

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

As for Feyenoord, they had to come through two qualifying rounds to even get this far.

A year ago, they embarrassingly crashed out in the third qualifying round 5-1 on aggregate to Trenčín from Slovakia.

However, there was no danger of a repeat this time around.

They eased past FC Dinamo Tbilisi 5-1 over the two legs before demolishing Hapoel Be’er Sheva, winning both legs 3-0.

However, these European ties were affecting their early season league form.

Jaap Stam’s side actually began with three draws against newly promoted Sparta Rotterdam and then Heerenveen and then FC Utrecht.

Nevertheless, they’ve got back on track in recent matches.

Before the international break, Steven Berghuis’s penalty secured a 1-0 win at Willem II.

Then, on Sunday afternoon, they rushed into a 3-0 lead at home to ADO Den Haag.

Rick Karsdorp, Luciano Narsingh and Leroy Fer all scoring in the first 33 minutes.

But, the visitors got it back to 3-2 with seven minutes to go but Feyenoord held on for a much needed win.

That means De club aan de Maas are seventh in the table but only four points behind leaders Ajax and PSV Eindhoven.

This is a club who have a great history both domestically and abroad.

They’re 15 times Dutch champions as well as two time UFEA Cup winners, most recently in 2002, and they won the European Cup in 1970 beating Celtic in the final in Milan.

But, in recent years, they have not been able to live up to that.

This is just their sixth UEFA group stage appearance since 2005 and they have only won eight of their last 27 group stage matches.

Given how tough the draw has been, they will do very well to finish in the top two places.

Nevertheless, if they get off to a winning start then you just never know.

Rangers team news vs Feyenoord

MOSCOW, RUSSIA – NOVEMBER 08: Head coach Steven Gerrard of Rangers F.C gestures during the UEFA Europa League Group G match between FC Spartak Moscow and Rangers F.C at Spartak Stadium on November 08, 2018 in Moscow, Russia. (Photo by Epsilon/Getty Images)

Steven Gerrard’s side are almost at full strength coming into this one but suffered a big injury blow at the weekend.

As always, Allan McGregor will be in goal; this’ll be his 69th appearance in UEFA club competitions.

Three components of the back four are very settled.

James Tavernier at right-back with Connor Goldson and Nikola Katić at centre-half rarely changes.

The left-back jersey is up for grabs though and, on this occasion, Borna Barišić is expected to get the nod over Jon Flanagan and Andy Halliday.

Gerrard named five central midfielders against Celtic but, after that went horribly wrong, he’s unlikely to do so again anytime soon.

Ryan Jack is expected to be out after getting injured on international duty.

Glen Kamara will come in as a more defensive midfield option.

Further forward, Ryan Kent made his second debut for the club on Saturday after joining from Liverpool for a huge £7.5 million.

However, he went off injured in the 41st minute and will not recover in time for this one.

Scott Arfield will move out to the left with summer signings Joe Aribo and Sheyi Ojo making up the attacking trio.

Despite scoring on his debut off the bench on Saturday, Brandon Barker will once again be amongst the substitutes.

Up front, Rangers have two very in-form strikers right now.

Jermain Defoe, who started the Old Firm just over a fortnight ago, has six goals to his name already this season.

But, it’ll be Alfredo Morelos who leads the line here as he looks to add to his 11 goals in 13 appearances this campaign.

Will Rangers kick off with a, potentially, vital win on matchday one?

Feyenoord team news vs Rangers

Nicolai Jorgensen

ROTTERDAM, NETHERLANDS – JULY 29: Nicolai Jørgensen from Feyenoord celebrates a goal during the friendly match between Feyenoord and Real Sociedad at De Kuip on July 29, 2017 in Rotterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Andy Astfalck/Getty Images)

As for Jaap Stam, he too is without some key men ahead of this huge clash.

Dutch international Kenneth Vermeer will be in goal; he’s started 27 of his club’s 28 matches in 2019.

Their defence includes former Barcelona centre-half Edgar Ié and Rick Karsdorp who is on loan from Roma.

It won’t include Sven van Beek though as he’s out with an ankle injury.

Their midfield will be anchored by former Norwich, QPR and Swansea midfield Leroy Fer who won bronze at the 2014 World Cup.

Alongside him will be Renato Tapia who’s now won 50 international caps for Peru.

Republic of Ireland U21 international Liam Kelly will be on the bench.

Further forward, they’re without Steven Berghuis who’s missing due to a knee injury.

Luciano Narsingh and Orkun Kökçü will start though and both are players Rangers have to take care of.

Up front, Nicolai Jørgensen was rested at the weekend but will come back in at the expense of Luis Sinisterra.

Will this side leave Glasgow with a positive result?

Predicted Rangers line-up vs Feyenoord

Predicted Rangers line-up vs Feyenoord

Predicted Rangers line-up vs Feyenoord.

Predicted Feyenoord line-up vs Rangers

Predicted Feyenoord line-up vs Rangers

Predicted Feyenoord line-up vs Rangers.

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The latest tweets from Rangers pre Feyenoord

The latest tweets from Feyenoord pre Rangers

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

Scottish Premiership table:

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Eredivisie table:

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