One of the matches of the Europe League 1/8 finals will be held at the Aybrox stadium in Glasgow. The local Rangers will play against Leverkusen Bayer. Both teams deserve to win. Their meeting promises to be very interesting.
For the first time, the Rangers and Bayer crossed their paths in the autumn of 1998 in 1/16 final of the UEFA Cup. The Scots won the first game 2-1 in Leverkusen, and the return leg ended in a 1-1 draw
In those days, the Scottish grand was at least not weaker than the Germans. In more than 20 years, the situation has changed noticeably. The Rangers have gone through a black period in their history, returning to the Premier League from the fourth division and slowly catching up.
Although Bayer did not become a super club, the Germans are now in full order with their finances and composition, which allows them to compete in the Bundesliga.
How will the match end? – Read our prediction below.
At what time will Rangers vs Bayer play?
The game time is March 12, 2020, 20:00 (UTC).
Where the match will be shown?
ESPN, DStv Now, DAZN, beIN Sports, Sky Sport
Who are topscorers of the teams?
Alfredo Morelos from Rangers scored 29 goals in 44 matches this season. Kevin Volland from Bayer scored 11 goals in 31 matches this season.
How many wins, draws and losses do the teams have?
Rangers has 21 win, 4 draws and 4 losses and Bayer has 14 wins, 5 draws and 6 losses in their championshiops.
Predictions and Tips
- MoneyLine Pick: Bayer will win
- Over Under Pick: The Total Will Go Over 2.5
- Computer Predicted Score: 1-3
Since 2018, a great, not afraid of the word, footballer Stephen Gerrard has been working with the Gers. A cool player is not always a cool coach, but Stevie G is doing pretty well on the whole so far. Even if we can`t yet compete on equal terms with the eternal opponent, Celtic, but the progress of the team is visible. Last season the Rangers finished second in the Scottish championship, and in the Europe League could not overcome the group stage. This season the Blue confidently take second place in the Scottish Premier League, but are already seriously behind Celtic, with which, by the way, they will play the next weekend at Aybrox. To increase the gap led to the loss of points in matches with teams from the bottom of the table – Rangers within a month lost to Kilmarnok and Hamilton Academy, as well as played a draw with St. Johnston.
In the Europe League, Gerrard’s team began its journey with the 1st qualifying round, in which the vice-champion of Scotland for two matches scored 10 goals to the opponent from Gibraltar (St. Joseph’s). Next was FC Progress Niederkorn from Luxembourg (2:0; 0:0), who knocked out Rangers from Europe League at the beginning of the 2017-2018 season qualifying round. In the third round Rangers went to Midtjylland, who is likely to become the champion of Denmark at the end of this season. The Scots have dealt brilliantly with the Danes, winning 4-2 away and 3-1 at home. Well, in the playoff round Stevie G’s team had a hard time passing Polish Legia. The first match ended in a zero draw, to zero it was a return game, but on 90 +1 minutes smart Alfredo Morelos scored a winning goal.
The group of Scots got not the easiest and immediately after the draw their chances to go to the playoffs seemed to be not the highest. After the first lap, the Gers had four points, and at the end of the group stage, there were nine of them, which allowed to finish in 2nd place after Porto, but above Feyenoord and Young Boys. In 1/16 finals Gerrard’s team got Braga. By the 60th minute the Portuguese won in Glasgow 2-0, but in just over 20 minutes the hosts not only got back, but also came forward, winning 3-2. And in the return game the Rangers once again beat Braga minimally (1-0).
Possible lineup: McGregor – Polster, Goldson, Edmundson, Barisic – Davis, Aribo, Kamara – Hagi, Morelos, Kent
Bayer 04 Leverkusen
Bayer is a Champions League level team. Levrekusen this season started at the group stage of the Champions League. In the current championship of Germany Bayer is on the 5th position.
In Europe League Leverkusen feels very confident. In 1/16 they passed Porto. In Portugal they won 1:3, while in Germany – 2:1. In total – 5:2 in favor of the Bundesliga representatives.
Today Peter Bosz players are in excellent shape. The series without losses (in all tournaments) already makes 9 matches (8 wins and 1 draw). 7 of these 9 games ended with a total of over 2.5. In the final round of the championship the Red and Blacks defeated Eintracht with the final score 4:0.
As for the away appearances. In the current European cups they had 2 wins and losses each. In the Bundesliga in 12 games on foreign fields, the results were as follows: 7 wins, 1 draw and 4 losses. Goals scored – 20, and missed – 17.
Sven Bender and Kevin Volland will not appear on the field.
Possible lineup: Hradecky – Weiser, Tah, Tapsoba, Wendell – Baumgartlinger, Aranguiz – Bellarabi, Havertz, Diaby – Alario
Rangers F.C. vs Bayer 04 Leverkusen Prediction
The absence of spectators on Ibrox Stadium in Glasgow will deprive Rangers of one of the main advantages. But the Scots may profit of the opponents serious personnel problems. Bayer, of course, is the favourite of this pair, but we would not risk to bet on the Germans in the first game. In the current draw Europe League Gers won seven of the eight home games, not being able to beat only Young Boys (1-1). Laverkusen has rarely won an away European Cup game in recent years. But we have almost no doubt that the game will be productive, with goals in both directions. As for the prediction, we would bet on the Germans to win.
- We predict a win of Bayer 04 Leverkusen.
Betting Tips Statistic
- Kai Havertz has scored five goals in eight Europe League matches, including 2 goals against Porto.
- Leverkusen’s last success in the European Cups was UEFA Cup win in 1997-98 season, in 2001-02 UEFA Champions League the club reached the final but lost to Real Madrid 2-1
- Rangers is the only team from Scotland in the European Cups this season