Ufa vs Rangers
UEFA Europa League
Date: Thursday, 30 August 2018
Kick-Off at 15:00 UK / 16:00 CET
Venue: Stadion Neftyanik, Volgograd.
Rangers came just one step away from the group stage of a continental competition for the first time since 2010 when they featured the Champions League.
They were shockingly stopped right at the first obstacle last year falling to Luxembourg’s Progres Niederkorn, but Steven Gerrard seems to have brought a whole new dimension to the team which is now only 90 minutes away from bringing the Europa League groups at Ibrox.
To get there, the Gers have to defend a one-goal cushion in the reverse fixture of their play-offs tie with Russian Ufa.
It was the centre back Connor Goldson who made the difference netting the only goal of the first leg played seven days ago in the Scottish capital.
Rangers, who grew in form ever since the first qualifying round, controlled the game entirely and allowed the Russians make no more than a single attempt on target in the 90 minutes of play.
Ufa vs Rangers: Head-to-head
The first leg fixture was the maiden H2H encounter between the two sides.
Rangers dominated the pitch and deservedly picked up a 1-0 victory on the occasion.
Ufa vs Rangers: Prediction
Ufa were lucky to have reached the play-offs stage as they barely went past all of their previous rivals en route to the Gers tie. They advanced past Domzale on the away goal rule before eliminating Progres Niederkorn only after a late stoppage-time goal in the second leg. Moving forward, Sergey Tomarov’s men will come into this off the back of three consecutive defeats, none of which saw them score a goal.
Rangers’ defensive line looked rock-solid under Steven Gerrard all up until the weekend’s 3-3 draw to Motherwell in the Premiership.
The Gers shipped just 5 goals in 11 competitive games before the mentioned clash at Fir Park and we believe they will know how to defend the one-goal cushion against an outfit which is struggling badly for goals.
You can have Rangers not to lose at 1.53, while the Under 2.5 goals FT pick is also worth backing at 1.65.
Ufa vs Rangers: Bet Tips
Rangers or Draw Double Chance @ 1.53
Under 2.5 goals FT @ 1.65.