Lech Poznan vs Rangers: Visitors can do just enough

Lech Poznan vs Rangers: Visitors can do just enough

Kick-off: 1755, 10/12/2020

Stadium: Stadion Miejski

TV: BT Sport

Rangers are fancied to wrap up top spot in Europa League Group D by winning in Poland against Lech Poznan, who are already out of contention for the knockout rounds.

Steven Gerrard will be keen to progress as pool winners and avoid facing a team dropping down from the Champions League in the last 32.

With their hosts far more focused on domestic matters, 3/5 for an away victory is the way to go with our first Lech Poznan vs Rangers prediction.

A Look At Lech Poznan’s Betting Odds

Lech were far from disgraced in their opening two games in this pool, despite kicking off with a couple of defeats.

They were drawing 2-2 with Benfica with an hour gone on home turf but eventually went down 4-2.

Dariusz Zuraw’s side then frustrated Rangers at Ibrox for long periods, but a 68th-minute strike from Alfredo Morelos ultimately decided that contest.

A 3-1 home win over Standard Liege kept alive hopes of sneaking through, but conceding a stoppage-time sickener in a 2-1 loss in Belgium seemed to knock the stuffing out of them.

Benfica cruised to a 4-0 victory over Lech in Portugal on Matchday 5 and improving on a mid-table position in Poland now appears to be the priority.

The hosts have won their last two domestic matches and will be determined to build on that when visiting struggling Stal Mielec on Sunday.

Zuraw likes to play out from the back and that led to some hair-raising moments at Ibrox, so more goals are expected than the first meeting with Rangers.

That makes 6/5 for an away win and over 2.5 goals in the game stand out from the Lech Poznan vs Rangers odds.

A Look At Rangers’ Betting Odds

Rangers were generally associated with grinding out wins under Gerrard last term but they have grown in confidence and self-belief this season.

Sunday’s 4-0 romp at Ross County put them 13 points clear in the Scottish Premiership, with 45 goals scored in 16 games.

The development has been similar in this competition, since starting out with a hard-fought 2-0 victory in Liege and the workmanlike home win over Lech.

Entertaining 3-3 and 2-2 draws with Benfica showed there is more to this team than just a dogged determination.

Rangers came from behind twice to shade Standard 3-2 in Glasgow a week ago and Gerrard backed up the spirit shown that night by insisting the Light Blues will not rest on their laurels now qualified.

“There won’t be wholesale changes,” said the manager. “It won’t be a case of changing eight or nine. There will be subtle changes within it.

“I’ll try and pick a team to get the job done, while protecting the big picture as well.”

Let’s go with 11/4 for the visitors to do just enough again and win by a one-goal margin for our final Lech Poznan vs Rangers prediction.

Additional stats

Last Europa League result:

Benfica 4-0 LECH POZNAN

RANGERS 3-2 Standard Liege – Connor Goldson, James Tavernier (pen), Scott Arfield

Head-to-head: Rangers 1-0 Lech Poznan

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