Antwerp vs Rangers
UEFA Europa League
Date: Thursday, 18 February 2021
Kick-off at 20:00 UK/ 21:00 CET
The Great Old have been thoroughly outplayed in the Belgian top flight this season. Despite having played an extra game, they are placed second in the table, trailing 13 points behind Club Brugge.
They are also currently on a struggling stretch, and their defense has not been top-notch for the past several game weeks.
Meanwhile, the Teddy Bears have been simply stellar this year in the Scottish Premiership. They are at the top of the table with a lead of 18 points, and there’s just nine fixtures remaining in the league campaign.
And most importantly, they are on a course to put an end to the domination of arch-rivals Celtic, who were in fact looking for a tenth straight league crown.
Moreover, Steven Gerrard’s men were also unbeaten in the group stages of the Europa (just like they are yet to lose a game in the Premiership), while Franky Vercauteren’s men have scored a total of just eight goals from their six group stage match-ups.
By the looks of things, expect Rangers to have a favorable outing this Thursday to Belgium.
Antwerp vs Rangers: Head-to-head (h2h)
- These two teams are locking horns with each other for the first time.
- The Great Old have two games in their records, against Scottish opposition, and they had won both those games (against Dundee United in 1989).
- The Teddy Bears are on a winning streak since 1993 against Belgian teams.
- Their last and only defeats against a Belgian rival had come in 1962, against Standard Liege.
Antwerp vs Rangers Prediction
Gerrard’s men were unbeaten in 43 of their preceding 45 overall matches, and one of these defeats had come against Bayer Leverkusen from the Bundesliga. Note that they have also lost just twice on the road since February of 2020.
The team has been on an entirely different level this season, and are hell-bent on making the most of this form and momentum.
On the other hand, their counterparts were winless in eight of their previous sixteen fixtures, and worryingly seven of these were losses. They have also kept a total of just two clean sheets at their home in the last 15 appearances.
Considering recent form, Rangers emerge to be the favorite to deliver the win this Thursday.
Antwerp vs Rangers: Betting Tips
Rangers to Win @ 2.00 (1/1)
Over 1.5 Team Goals by Rangers @ 1.90 (9/10).