Rangers vs Lyon
UEFA Europa League
Date: Thursday, 16 September 2021
Kick-off at 20:00 UK/ 21:00 CET
Venue: Ibrox Stadium (Glasgow).
Rangers and Lyon face-off in a mouthwatering Europa League fixture on Thursday, both teams looking to stretch their unbeaten run.
Steven Gerrard’s men put behind a disappointing Champions League qualifying campaign by defeating Armenian outfit Alashkert by a solitary goal over two legs to book their place in the Europa League group stage.
Since the defeat to Malmo, they have been pretty solid and unbeaten in 6 games across all competitions with a commendable goal ratio of 13 scored to 3 conceded.
Lyon on the other hand earned a direct ticket to Europa League group stage by finishing 4th in the French Ligue 1 last season.
They made a slow start to the new season, but things have picked up with the team registering wins against Nantes and Strasbourg. This helped them move up to 7th in the table after 2 draws and 1 loss in the first 3 games of the campaign.
Moussa Dembele is one of the players that impressed in recent weeks for Lyon by scoring 4 goals in his last three appearances. Peter Bosz is currently sweating on the player’s fitness. It will be a shame if he misses the trip to the Ibrox Stadium.
Steven Gerrard has a few injury worries on his own, talisman Ianis Hagi is out with covid-19 while Jack Ryan is out injured since February.
Rangers vs Lyon Head-to-head
The only pairing of the two teams happened during the UEFA Champions League 2007/08 group stage. Lyon won both home and away legs 3-0. Karim Benzema was the top player in the riot at Ibrox Stadium netting twice in the space of 3 minutes.
Rangers have an underwhelming record against French Ligue 1 clubs with 7 wins, 7 draws and 11 losses from 25 games.
At home, the Gers managed only 4 wins from 12 games against a team from France, drew 3 and lost 5.
Lyon on the other hand managed 4 wins while losing twice to clubs from Scotland. Away from home, the record is 2 wins and 1 loss.
Rangers vs Lyon Prediction
Rangers were impressive in the last season, but they are going through second-season-syndrome and struggled to get past quality sides. Their defeat over two legs against Malmo can be used as an example and they are about to face another tough test on Thursday.
Slow off the tracks, Lyon have grown in confidence with their back-to-back wins in Ligue 1. They are a team that could score goals at will, very well gelled to the attacking philosophy of Peter Bosz and a win at Ibrox Stadium is there for the taking.
Rangers vs Lyon Betting Tips
Lyon to win @ 2.60
Over 2.5 goals @ 1.75.