Tip Rangers - Royal Antwerp
Rangers’ fine run continued with a 4-1 win over Dundee United and they’ll be looking to complete the job against Royal Antwerp in the Europa League Round of 32 second leg clash. The Scottish giants almost made a mess of their first leg clash with Antwerp in Belgium. They took a 38th minute lead but went to the break trailing and in a second half flurry, they were trailing 3-2 with eight minutes to go. Two goals in the last seven minutes saw Rangers win 4-3 and this time they’d love it smoother. They did stroll to an easy win over Dundee, though Mark McNulty’s late goal blemished the day, denying Rangers a clean sheet. With eight goals in the last two matches, Rangers have the right attacking mentality to take on anyone in Europe. However, there are still holes in the defence, the team having managed just three clean sheets in the last nine matches. Rangers are unbeaten in their last 14 matches, 12 being wins. At home, they’re unbeaten in 19 matches, with eight straight wins and in Europa League, they carry a 10-game unbeaten run. They’ve scored 14 goals in their last five Europa League matches, but conceded 10 and they’ll be hoping this ends in their favor, going here unbeaten in four at home in the competition.
Antwerp need a win by two unanswered goals to progress. Going by Rangers’ defensive output, the visitors may get that, but the main question will be whether they can keep out Rangers’ forwards. The Belgians go to this game winless in their last four matches and with just one clean sheet in the last seven. After their loss to Rangers, they drew 0-0 with Sint Truiden in the First Division A. That result handed them a first clean sheet in seven matches and the second time in seven that matches involving the team failed to hit three goals. In their last five matches, Antwerp have scored seven and conceded nine goals. They’ve failed to score in just one of the last 11. In terms of personnel, the visitors will not be able to call on Abdoulaye Seck, who was sent off in the first leg encounter. They have no win in the last two away matches and also have two straight losses in Europa League, with one clean sheet in five.
Key points Rangers - Royal Antwerp
Rangers are unbeaten in 14 matches.
Royal Antwerp have two straight losses in Europa League.
Rangers have eight straight home wins.
Royal Antwerp have failed to score in one of their last 11 matches.
Rangers are unbeaten in 10 Europa League matches.
Conclusion Rangers - Royal Antwerp
Rangers will be the favorites here, going by their form this season, and in recent matches. They have a 19-game unbeaten run at home, with eight straight wins and after the comeback in Belgium, they’ll be very confident. Antwerp have not been good away from home in the competition and don’t have many clean sheets to show. Back Rangers to win both halves.
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Rangers Royal Antwerp Prediction published on February 23, 2021