Rangers vs. Royale Union SG Prediction, Tips & Odds – Aug. 09, 2022 20:45 CET
Rangers suffered a tough defeat in Belgium last week and they will now need a big comeback to qualify for the Champions League play-offs.
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History repeated itself. Last season, Rangers was completely unexpectedly eliminated in the third round of the Champions League qualifying by Malmo. Now, they are on the same path in a tie against Royale Union SG. Rangers lost 2:0 in Belgium last week, and it could have been even worse looking how outplayed they were on the pitch. Now, they face an extremely difficult challenge to turn around two-goal deficit.
Rangers played in the Europa League final in May, which is one of their best results in club’s history. Before the tie against Royale Union SG, everyone saw Rangers as absolute favorites, but they didn’t confirm that in Belgium. Even head coach Giovanni van Bronckhorst was surprised by what he saw.
However, in previous seasons Rangers were decorated with the fact that they never give up. There is no doubt that they will be highly motivated to make a big comeback on „Ibrox“. Alfredo Morelos returned to the team against Kilmarnock at the weekend after injury and with him in the squad they will look a lot better. Rangers need a three-goal win to advance or two-goal win for overtime and penalty shootout.
Royale Union SG
Royale Union SG delighted all neutral football fans last week. It is very difficult not to be emotional when you see what this club has done in past two years. After winning 11 titles in the first 35 years of 20th century, they experienced a major setback. It took them 49 years to return to top tier of Belgian football and when they did last season they immediately finished in second place.
That what they did last season was no coincidence, Royale Union SG showed against Rangers. Without any fear or respect, they ran onto the pitch and won 2:0 in the first leg in front of their fans. If they had been a little more lucky, the result would be even been better as they missed a few more good chances.
Although they travel to Glasgow with a big advantage, they will have a very difficult job. Rangers are capable of turning things around, so Royale Union SG can’t allow themselves to play too defensively. Their approach will have to be the same as last week, otherwise advancing is the Champions League play-offs could only stay a dream.
The only match that Rangers and Royale Union SG played against each other happened last week when Royale Union SG won 2:0.
Ianis Hagi, Filip Helander, Kemar Roofe, Nnamdi Ofoborh and Stephen Kelly are unavailable for Rangers, but Alfredo Morelos is back. Ismael Kandouss, Koki Machida and Dennis Eckert Ayensa won’t play for Royale Union SG due to injuries.
Rangers vs. Royale Union SG Prediction
Rangers will have a difficult but not impossible task ahead of them. A two-goal win secures overtime and an additional 30 minutes. For this bet, it will be enough if Rangers achieve a minimal triumph after 90 minutes.
Date and Time: 09.08.2022 20:45 CET
Pick: Rangers to win