St Joseph’s vs Rangers betting tips: UEFA Europa League qualifying match preview and predictions

St Joseph’s vs Rangers prediction: St Joseph’s 0-3 Rangers

Rangers begin their latest European adventure in Gibraltar.

Last season, they overcame Shkupi, Osijek, Maribor and FC Ufa to make it through to a UEFA group stages for the first time since 2010.

They’ll be desperate to replicate that run and the Gers will be very confident of getting off to a winning start at Victoria Stadium.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND – MAY 04: Steven Gerrard is unveiled as the new manager of Rangers football Club at Ibrox Stadium on May 4, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

St Joseph’s vs Rangers: Who will win?

St Joseph’s are huge underdogs at 18/1 to win this match.

Rangers are massive odds on favourites at 1/14 to leave Gibraltar victorious.

Even a draw would be a major surprise and that’s 8/1.

Both teams to score no is 8/11.

Rangers to win and both teams to score no is 3/4.

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)

Boro is likely to lead the line for the home side. He’s 12/1 to score first and 3/1 to score anytime.

Juanfri scored twice in the preliminary round of the UEFA Europa League. He is also 12/1 to score first and 10/3 to net anytime.

Jermaine Defore scored 8 goals for Rangers last season. He is 11/5 to break the deadlock and 3/10 to net anytime.

Alfredo Morelos scored four goals in Europe last season. The Colombian is 2/1 to score first and 3/10 to score anytime.

St Joseph’s vs Rangers: Match preview

What an occasion this’ll be for St Joseph’s F.C.

Undoubtedly, this’ll be the biggest match of their 107 year history.

Before this season, they’d played just two European ties.

In 2017 they lost 10-0 on aggregate to AEL Limassol and last year they lost on penalties to B36 Tórshavn.

This year, they entered at the preliminary round where they took on FC Prishtina of Kosovo.

In the first leg at Fadil Vokrri Stadium, they fell behind to a 28th minute penalty but weren’t behind for long.

Juanfri equalised just three minutes later and 1-1 it finished in Pristina.

In last Tuesday’s second leg, late goals from Federico Villar and then Juanfri again saw them to a 2-0 win.

A first ever European victory for the Saints and it sets up this huge clash with Rangers.

This is a club that has won the Gibraltar Premier Division only once in their history and that was in 1996.

This’ll be quite an occasion beside the rock of Gibraltar but they couldn’t pull off a huge shock could they?

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)

Can Rangers repeat last season’s feat?

As for Rangers, there was much debate as to the success of Steven Gerrard’s first season in charge in Glasgow.

They finished second in the Premiership, nine points behind Celtic, and were beaten in the Scottish Cup fifth round and League Cup semi-finals by Aberdeen.

However, it was their European exploits that were the real tangible success.

They negotiated all four qualification rounds and performed well in the Europa League group stages.

The fact that they were bitterly disappointed after being eliminated from a group containing Villarreal, Rapid Vienna and Spartak Moscow was a sign of their progress.

They’ll be targeting a return to the group stages this year.

The primary aim of course for this season will be to win silverware but a good start in Europe can only help that too.

The winners of this tie will face either Cork City of Ireland or, a side Rangers know very well, Progrès Niederkorn from Luxembourg.

Either way, they will fancy their chances of winning this tie and the second qualifying round match-up too.

St Joseph’s 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,)

Raúl Procopio Baizán’s squad consists entirely of part-time players.

14 from Spain, nine native Gibraltans and one from Buenos Aires in Argentina.

In goal, Francisco Javier Mateo is expected to keep his place ahead of Gibraltar international Jamie Robba.

In defence, Ezequiel Rojas was sent off in the 93rd minute last week so is suspended.

Daniel Guerrero is likely to come in for him ahead of veteran Ryan Casciaro.

In midfield, new signing Juanma will keep his place ahead of Juan Manuel González.

Up front, Boro and Juanfri were both on target in the preliminary round.

Can either get a famous goal in this one?

Rangers team news vs St Joseph’s

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)

So far, seven players have arrived at Rangers this summer and a few could make their debut in Gibraltar.

Allan McGregor, who made 52 appearances last season, is still very much the first choice goalkeeper.

In defence, despite being away at the U21 Euros with Croatia just a couple of weeks ago, Nikola Katić is available for selection.

Captain James Tavernier and Connor Goldson will also be in the back four.

The only place up for grabs is left-back with Andy Halliday expected to get the nod over Jon Flanagan.

At the back end of last season, Glen Kamara and Ryan Jack formed a solid partnership at the base of midfield.

They’re expected to continue together.

Scott Arfield is not available after his Canada crashed out of the CONCACAF Gold Cup just nine days ago.

However, Steven Gerrard has reinforced the attacking part of his team with five new recruits.

Jake Hastie has joined from Motherwell, Greg Stewart from Birmingham, Sheyi Ojo from Liverpool on loan and Joe Aribo from Charlton.

However, those four are likely to be left in reserve.

Jordan Jones though, is expected to make his Rangers debut.

Also Steven Davis, who made his loan deal permanent this summer, is also likely to start.

Up front, last season’s top scorer Alfredo Morelos missed the weekend friendly through injury so Jermain Defoe is expected to lead the attack.

This Rangers team is vastly superior than their part-time opponents and this should be a very comfortable win for the Scottish side.

Steven Gerrard’s aim will be to make next week’s second leg at Ibrox a mere formality.

Predicted St Joseph’s line-up vs Rangers

Predicted St Joseph's line-up vs Rangers

Predicted St Joseph’s line-up vs Rangers.

Predicted Rangers line-up vs St Joseph’s

Predicted Rangers line-up vs St Joseph's

Predicted Rangers line-up vs St Joseph’s.

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The latest tweets from St Joseph’s pre Rangers

The latest tweets from Rangers pre St Joseph’s

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