Rangers vs. PSV Prediction, Tips and Odds – Aug. 16, 2022, 21:00 CET
The playoff phase of the UEFA Champions League qualifiers begins on Tuesday, and Rangers and PSV meet in one of the games. The first match will be played at the Ibrox Stadium, and the start of the match is scheduled for 21:00.
This will be a duel between teams that have not been in the elite for several years, so both have a great desire to advance to the group stage. But there is only one free place.
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After last year’s UEFA Europa League final, the Rangers players want to take another big step and place themselves among the 32 best clubs in Europe. They successfully passed the previous qualifying round against Royale Union SG, but they had problems. The Belgian runner-up won the first match 2-0, but the Rangers were even more dominant in return and defeated their opponents 3-0.
With this achievement, they once again proved that they rarely lose at home and that their main strength is the great support of the fans. Borussia Dortmund, Crvena Zvezda, Braga, and RB Leipzig failed to win in Glasgow last season because the cheering was fierce for the entire 90 minutes, and sometimes it is simply impossible to play well in such an atmosphere.
Rangers have also been playing well in the domestic championship. They recorded all three victories at the start of the new season, and this is an additional boost of self-confidence before the most important match against PSV.
After a lot of drama, the PSV players qualified for the playoffs. In the last round, they played against Monaco, and in the return match they were losing 1-2 at their stadium until the 89th minute. But Erick Gutierrez equalized and captain Luuk de Jong later scored the winner in extra time.
This team from Eindhoven have played brilliantly at the beginning of the new campaign. They won the Dutch Supercup by defeating the current champion Ajax with a score of 5-3, and they recorded both victories in the first two rounds of the domestic championship. They beat Emmen 4-1 and Go Ahead Eagles 5-2.
These excellent results are just a result of the PSV players’ great shape they’ve been in since the end of last season. Counting all competitions, this team is undefeated in 11 consecutive games, which is a respectable streak.
These two teams last met in 2011 in the Round of 16 of the Europa League. Not a single goal was scored in Eindhoven 0-0, and PSV won 1-0 in Glasgow.
Rangers (4-3-3): McLaughlin; Barišić, Goldson, Sands, Tavernier; Lawrence, Lundstram, Arfield; Kent, Tillman, Čolak
PSV (4-3-3): Benitez; Max, Obispo, Teze, Mwene; Veerman, Til, Sangare; Gakpo, Saibari, de Jong
Rangers players are generally more effective in front of their own fans than in road matches. We believe that they will want to achieve a positive result ahead of the second leg, so we expect them to play offensively. On the other hand, PSV have excellent individuals in the attacking line, and they can punish any carelessness of the opposing defense.
Prediction: Total Goals Over 2.5