Where: Philips Stadium, Eindhoven, NetherlandsWhen: Wednesday, August 30, 9 pm CET
After 2-2 in the first meeting in Scotland, both teams have an active result and solid chances of advancing to the UEFA Champions League group stage. Last year, the Gers were better in the Netherlands, earning an advance to the elite competition of European football. Will the history repeat itself?
PSV vs. Rangers Preview
The Dutch powerhouse looked solid at Ibrox but couldn’t defeat the rivals. They were twice in deficit, coming back each time and pushing the hosts to the brink.
When looking at the stats, PSV was better than the Gers, having created more chances and having a higher percentage of the ball possession. This is PSV’s style of play, as they always want to dictate the situation on the field.
Until the game in Scotland, PSV had five wins in a row, scoring at least twice in all but one of them. Their attack is very potent, while on the other side, the defense, is mediocre, frequently allowing goals.
The Scots had some shaky performances during the preseason in the opening few events of the domestic competition. At first, they lost to Kilmarnock, had trouble against Morton etc. However, they played well in Europe.
The Gers were better than the Swiss representative in the UCL playoffs, Servette, beating them at home, 2-1 and then playing 1-1 on the road, which earned them the right to play against PSV.
Rangers’ games are usually efficient, with three or more goals, and what is also noticeable, with them often conceding. Michael Beale’s defense isn’t that strong, which we saw in the first meeting when PSV netted twice. They tend to break under pressure, and that’s the biggest flaw of this entire unit.
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PSV and Rangers Possible Lineups
PSV Eindhoven: Benitez; Teze, Ramalho, Boscagli, Sambo; Veerman, Sangare, Saibari; Bakayoko, Lang; De Jong
Rangers: Butland; Tavernier, Souttar, Goldson, Barisic; Cifuentes, Jack, Raskin; Sima, Danilo, Dessers
PSV vs. Rangers Head to Head
The first leg saw a 2-2 draw. Sima and Matondo scored for the hosts, while Sangare and de Jong netted for the guests.
Last year, we saw the same result at Ibrox, but the Gers were better in the first leg, which was in Eindhoven, 0-1. That led them to the UEFA Champions League.
PSV vs. Rangers Predictions
The Gers have too many vulnerabilities in the back line to endure PSV’s pressure. We do respect the Scots, however they struggle at the start of this season, even though the results aren’t showing that. Our pick here is PSV to win and to advance to the UEFA Champions League group stage.
Our verdict: PSV wins
PSV versus Rangers Odds
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