Prediction and odds for the game: Rangers (4/5) v Young Boys (16/5)
We are backing the home win at odds of 4/5.
When: Thursday 12th December 2019, Kick-off 8 PM
Where: Ibrox Stadium
On Thursday night, Rangers host Young Boys at Ibrox Stadium, in Group G of the Europa League, with much still left to play for in the context of qualification.
The Scottish giants are currently top of the group but are just ahead of the second-place visitors and also third-place FC Porto. They only need a point to guarantee qualification, but a win will mean they would finish top of the group.
The Gers have an inconsistent recent record in the Europa League. However, they have been hard to beat in the competition, losing just 13 matches, including the preliminary rounds.
The home sides recent matches in the Europa League have been relatively low-scoring, with under 2.5 goals scored in five of their last seven outings.
Rangers have a formidable recent home record in the Europa League. In fact, the Scottish giants are 17 games unbeaten on home soil dating back to 2011. They have also won their last six European games at Ibrox Stadium. Defensive solidity has been the key to Rangers good recent home form, as the Gers have kept clean sheets in seven of their last eight matches.
The Swiss side knows that only a win will guarantee qualification for the knockout stages of the competition. The visitors have failed to win in their last two games, drawing at Feyenoord and last time out losing 2-1 at home against Porto.
The visitor’s poor results are hardly surprising, as they have won just three of their last 11 games in the Europa League. Their recent games have been high-scoring, with over 2.5 goals scored in five of their last seven outings in the competition.
Young Boys have a poor away record on their travels in the Europa League, having failed to win in ten away matches in Europe’s secondary competition, picking up five draws and suffering five defeats. Three of their last four away matches in this competition have finished over 2.5 goals.
Although their recent Europa League away games have not been necessarily high-scoring, both teams have scored in their last six matches on their travels.
This game seems to be pretty simple, as it is a strong home team against a team with a poor away record in this competition. That is the reason we are backing the home victory. Rangers are very good defensively at Ibrox Stadium, which is the reason we are backing under 2.5 goals scored at evens.
Verdict: Back the home win at odds of 4/5 and/or under 2.5 goals scored at evens. (All odds are taken from Bet365).
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