Kick-off: 1800, 06/08/2020
TV: BT Sport
Rangers were outclassed by Bayer Leverkusen in the first leg of their Europa League tie at Ibrox back in March but may salvage some pride in the return fixture.
Steven Gerrard’s side have hit the ground running in the new Scottish season, whereas their opponents must overcome a month’s absence from competitive action.
Punters can get 5/4 for the Light Blues to avoid defeat in Germany and that is our opening Bayer Leverkusen vs Rangers prediction.
A Look At Bayer Leverkusen’s Betting Odds
Leverkusen dropped down to this competition after finishing third in their Champions League group behind Juventus and Atletico Madrid.
Die Werkself then made light of a tough draw by beating Porto 2-1 at home and 3-1 away, with star man Kai Havertz scoring in both legs.
Havertz was again on target from the penalty spot in a 3-1 victory in Glasgow, with Charles Aranquiz and Leon Bailey also netting as Bayer dominated possession.
However, Leverkusen laboured a touch after returning from lockdown, losing three of their last seven Bundesliga games to miss out on a top-four finish.
They have been out of action since going down 4-2 to Bayern Munich in the German Cup final and there are doubts about Havertz amidst talk of an imminent move to Chelsea.
We think 13/5 for the visitors to prevail in the ‘draw no bet’ market is a tempting option from the Bayer Leverkusen vs Rangers odds.
A Look At Rangers’ Betting Odds
Rangers have done well on the road in this competition, scoring in all three away matches during the pool stage.
They only went down to a stoppage-time sickener when losing 2-1 at Young Boys, before drawing 1-1 in Porto and 2-2 at Feyenoord.
In the first knockout round, Braga were beaten 1-0 in Portugal after a 3-2 home victory.
Gerrard’s men now make this trip in fine form, beating Lyon and Nice among four straight pre-season friendly wins before a 1-0 Premiership success at Aberdeen.
“We respect the scoreline but while we’re representing Rangers we’ll fight to the end,” said Gerrard. “If we can’t qualify, we want to win the game on Thursday.
“We want to go there and show everyone we’re capable of playing at that level. We’ll play the game in isolation and try to give a good account of ourselves.”
Let’s add 17/10 for the visitors to score first to our Bayer Leverkusen vs Rangers betting tips.
RANGERS 1-3 BAYER LEVERKUSEN – George Edmundson + Kai Havertz (pen), Charles Aranquiz, Leon Bailey
Previous head-to-head: Rangers 1-1 Bayer Leverkusen, Bayer Leverkusen 1-2 Rangers
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