Royale Union SG vs. Rangers Prediction, Tips & Odds – Aug. 02, 2022 20:45 CET
In the third round of the Champions League qualifying, Belgium and Scotland runner-ups will play against each other.
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Royale Union SG
In the early days of football in Belgium, Royale Union SG was the most famous club in country. They won 11 titles in period between 1903 and 1935, which makes them the third most successful club to this day. Unfortunately for them, this club stagnated in the following years which led to relegation in 1972.
Turning point for Royale Union SG happened in 2018 when Tony Bloom became the owner. Three seasons later, this club returned to the Jupiler League for the first time in 49 years. Not only that, but they delighted all football fans in Europe. For almost entire last season, Royale Union was in first place, but in the end they finished second behind Club Brugge. This result earned them an appearance in the Champions League qualifying, which means they will play in the Europa League group stage in worst case scenario.
Royale Union SG didn’t spend a lot of money between two seasons and squad is mostly made up of players who achieved great success last year. They have absolutely nothing to lose against Rangers and they can play without pressure. Thanks to that, Royale Union SG may create another sporting miracle.
Just like Royale Union SG, Rangers produced the best result in club’s modern history last season. Although they failed to defend the title in Scotland, Rangers played perfectly in the Europa League. For the second time in history,, they reached the final of that competition. Along the way, they eliminated Borussia Dortmund, Red Star, Braga and Leipzig before being defeated by Eintracht Frankfurt.
During this summer, Rangers sold Calvin Bassey for 23 million euros to Ajax and that money was invested in bringing in several players. They signed Ben Davies, Ridvan Yilmaz, Rabbi Matondo and Antonio Colak. Intention is to play in the Champions League group stage and this signings should help to achieve that goal.
In order to reach group stage, Rangers will have to eliminate two opponents. There is no doubt that they are much better than Royale Union SG looking at individual qualities of players, but they will have to prove that on the pitch. They were eliminated by Malmo at this stage of competition last season and will do everything they can to prevent history from repeating itself.
Royale Union SG and Rangers never played against each other in the past.
Ismael Kandouss and Koki Machida won’ play for Royale Union SG due to injuries. Kemar Roofe, Ianis Hagi and Filip Helander are unavailable for Rangers.
Royale Union SG vs. Rangers Prediction
Learned from last year’s experience, Rangers will try to win first match at road. In case they have to chase a result in second leg, it can go wrong like it did against Malmo. They are better than Royale Union SG and if they don’t win, they should be able to draw at least. Date and Time: 02.08.2022 20:45 CET
Pick: Rangers +0 (AH)