Prediction and odds for the game: Rangers (13/5) vs RB Leipzig (Evens)
We are backing the draw at odds 13/5
When: Thursday 5 May 2022, Kick-off 20:00
Where: Ibrox Stadium
On Thursday night, Rangers hosts RB Leipzig at Ibrox Stadium in the Europa League semi-final second leg. The visitors lead 1-0 from the first leg, but the tie is still very much in the balance.
The Scottish champions head into this game on the back of an Old Firm 1-1 draw against Celtic. The result means that the Gers’ remained six points behind their bitter rivals for the title with just three league matches remaining this season, with the Hoops now looking overwhelming favourites to win the title. The draw came on the back of a 1-0 defeat in Leipzig in the first leg of this tie.
The first leg defeat was not a terrible result considering that Die Roten Bullen has been in fine form in recent months. Rangers will certainly feel like it is possible to rescue the tie and progress to the final of the competition.
The first leg defeat means that Rangers have failed to win any of their last four matches in the Europa League, suffering three defeats in the process. They also needed extra time to see off Sporting Braga in the last round.
The visitor’s transformation in form has hot a worrying roadblock in the Bundesliga. The first-leg victory was sandwiched in between two defeats in the German top-flight, which could well cost Die Roten Bullen Champions League qualification via the German top-flight.
Last time out Domenico Tedesco’s team suffered a 3-1 defeat at Monchengladbach, which saw the visitors drop out of the league’s top four for the first time in months.
However, their salvation could lie in the Europa League when it comes to qualifying for the Champions League next season, as the winners of the Europa League will play in European football’s elite competition next season.
When it comes to the Europa League, RB Leipzig has a decent recent record. The visitors are six games unbeaten in the competition dating back to the last time they were in the Europa League back in 2018.
RB Leipzig has also won both of their away games in the Europa League this season at Real Sociedad and Atalanta after dropping down from the Champions League.
Both teams head into this game on the back of disappointing results that could define their seasons. We believe that there won’t be much in this game and it will be tight like the first leg and we are backing the clash to finish in a tight draw. Therefore, we are also backing under 2.5 goals scored, as neither team will want to give anything away.
Our Tips: We are backing the draw at odds of 13/5 and/or under 2.5 goals scored at odds of 10/11. (All odds are taken from Bet365).[geosnippet id=3620]
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