Kick-off: 1600, 17/09/2020
Stadium: Victoria Stadium
TV: Premier Sports
Lincoln Red Imps are eyeing an Old Firm double when they host Rangers in Europa League qualifying.
The team from Gibraltar famously beat Celtic in Brendan Rodgers’ first match in charge in 2016, although the Bhoys made amends in the return leg in Glasgow.
This time it is a one-off tie but we don’t expect Steven Gerrard’s men to have any problems and an away win by at least three goals at 19/20 is our opening Lincoln Red Imps vs Rangers prediction.
A Look At Lincoln Red Imps’ Betting Odds
Lincoln Red Imps are 33/2 for a repeat of their home win against Celtic and that result four years ago has given them extra belief.
Lee Casciaro grabbed the only goal when Celtic were the visitors for a Champions League qualifier, although Celtic eased to a 3-0 win in the return leg.
The Red Imps have already come through two rounds to get this far, although they were given a walkover against Prishtina of Kosovo before beating Union Titus Petange of Luxembourg 2-0.
The visit of Rangers is a step up in class though, with captain Roy Chipolina telling the club website:
“Our opponents need very little introduction and under the guidance of Steven Gerrard, they are going from strength to strength and we know the size of the task we face.
“We will need to play the perfect match and hope they have an off day. As many are aware, the impossible has happened before here in Gibraltar and I am sure Rangers will be aware of what we did to Celtic!
“We know what we are up against and the only thing I can guarantee is that we will give our all in what will be another historic fixture on The Rock.”
This should be a routine win for the visitors, who can be backed to win both halves at 9/10 in the Lincoln Red Imps vs Rangers odds.
A Look At Rangers’ Betting Odds
Rangers go into this game in fine form following a record-breaking 4-0 win over Dundee United at the weekend.
That result saw them break Celtic’s 114-year clean sheet record as they became the first Scottish side to ever kick off a campaign with seven straight shut-outs.
The only negative for Steven Gerrard was that four of his key men failed to finish the game.
Leon Balogun did not even make it as far as kick-off after feeling a quad muscle tighten up during the warm-up, while Ryan Jack and Brandon Barker both went down inside the opening 20 minutes with calf and hamstring injuries respectively.
Gerrard was then left fearing the worst when Alfredo Morelos – who had replaced Barker – hit the deck midway through the second half following a shocking studs-up challenge from United defender Ryan Edwards.
Thankfully for the Light Blues boss, the striker suffered no serious structural damage to his knee but did have to go off on a stretcher with a nasty gash.
Gerrard is hopeful Balogun and Morelos will be fit for this game and, assuming they are, we fancy Rangers to win 4-0, 5-0 or 6-0 at 16/5 as our final Lincoln Red Imps vs Rangers prediction.
LINCOLN RED IMPS 2-0 Union Titus Petange – Lee Casciaro, Mustapha Yahaya
RANGERS 4-0 Dundee United – Ryan Kent, James Tavernier, Kemar Roofe, Scott Arfield
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