Villarreal vs Rangers
UEFA Europa League
Date: Thursday, 20 September 2018
Kick-Off at 17:55 UK / 18:55 CET
Venue: Estadio de la Ceramica (Villarreal).
Steven Gerrard is ready for his official Europa League debut on Thursday when the Gers travel to Southern Europe to take on Spanish Villarreal at Estadio de la Ceramica. It’s a very tough fixture o start with for the Liverpool legend, but he’ll try and find reasons for optimism in a generally fine campaign his men had in qualifications this summer.
Rangers, who suffered a shocking and humiliating elimination to Luxembourg’s Progres Niederkorn last time around, went past Shkupi, Osijek, Maribor and Ufa this year. They conceded only three goals along the way.
Problems might, however, appear at the other end where the Gers have been all but prolific failing to score more than two goals in last three European outings.
Villarreal vs Rangers: Head-to-head
The two teams are about to lock horns for the third time on Thursday.
They met each other in the UCL last 16 round 12 years ago.
None of two games brought a winner, but Villarreal advanced on the away goal rule thanks to a 2-2 draw at Ibrox and a 1-1 score in the reverse fixture on the Spanish soil.
Villarreal vs Rangers: Prediction
The visitors will fancy their chances of keeping things quiet at the back given Villarreal’s efficiency struggles at the start of the new season. The Yellow Submarine have found goals hard to come failing to score more than once in last three league outings.
Javi Calleja obviously still needs some time to bed in new arrivals as his men’s build-up play is non-existent without Samu Castillejo who made an AC Milan move this summer. Karl Toko Ekambi and Gerard Moreno both enjoyed terrific campaigns with their respective teams last season, but they are yet to impress at Estadio de la Ceramica.
The visitors are expected to park the bus and wait for their opportunities from counter-attacks. In such circumstances, we do believe the Under 2.5 goals FT is a decent bet at the 2.05 odds. Villarreal remain heavy favourites, but it’s really difficult to find the value in backing the home win at the 1.33 odds.
Villarreal vs Rangers: Bet Tips
• Under 2.5 goals FT @ 2.05 (21/20)
• Villarreal Under 2.5 Team Goals @ 1.53 (8/15).