Rangers manager Ally McCoist will be hoping to lead his side into the Europa League group stage at the expense of plucky underdogs Maribor at Ibrox this evening.
Maribor hold a 2-1 advantage following the first leg at the Ljudski vrt stadium and will be aiming to play on the Scottish giants’ fragile European confidence and cause an upset.
The Slovenian PrvaLiga leaders are outsiders to win the second leg at 26/5 but given Rangers’ less than impressive performances in continental competitions this season, those odds do seem tempting.
The Ibrox faithful will be lifted by hearing the news that key players Lee McCulloch and Maurice Edu will return to the side for this must-win game.
Rangers remain undefeated in the SPL and are already sitting top of the league and McCoist will be looking for his side to show that league form and dispatch the Slovenians.
The Scottish side are 9/20 favourites to win the match in 90 minutes and 13/25 to advance to the next round, with Maribor at 27/20 to make it through to the group stages.
While both clubs will be disappointed to not be competing in the Champions League this season following recent defeats in qualifying, neither side will want to face elimination from a second European competition and miss out on the financial gain that being in the Europa League brings.
As such, this promises to be a tense, tight affair at Ibrox and with odds on the draw 3/1, could win £100 should they successfully place £25 on the game finishing in a stalemate.
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Away from the 3Way result football betting market, the best bet looks to be on Maribor to score at odds of 83/100.
The Slovenians have scored in ten of their last 11 European ties and go into the second leg on the back of a crushing 6-0 victory over Mura at the weekend.
And with Darko Milanic’s side unbeaten in the PrvaLiga after the first six games of the season, a 1-1 draw – which would send Maribor through – looks to be the most likely scoreline, with this available at 13/2.
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