Kick-off: 1745, 30/09/2021
Stadium: Letna Stadium
TV: BT Sport
Rangers were undone by Slavia Prague in last season’s Europa League round of 16, but may find injury-hit neighbours Sparta more accommodating.
Steven Gerrard’s side need to be positive after losing to Lyon on Matchday 1 and have proven they can travel well in this competition.
We’re content to take 29/20 for an away win as our opening Sparta Prague vs Rangers prediction.
A Look At Sparta Prague’s Betting Odds
Sparta finished 12 points behind Slavia in the Czech league last term, losing both derby dust-ups by a combined tally of 5-0.
Admittedly, they did show what they are capable of when the mood strikes with a couple of 4-1 victories over Celtic in this event.
However, striker Lukas Julius, who bagged five of those goals, is one of a number of players hampered by injuries this term.
Sparta’s domestic results are just about holding up, with Saturday’s 5-2 romp at Zlin leaving them third in the table.
Pavel Vrba may lack the strength in depth to freshen things up for these midweek matches, though.
The Maroons were thrashed 5-1 on aggregate by Monaco in a Champions League qualifier and drew 0-0 with Brondby to begin their Europa League Group A campaign.
Looking at the 9/10 for the visitors to score first at Letna Stadium.
A Look At Rangers’ Betting Odds
Rangers fell behind against Lyon due to a superb Karl Toko Ekambi strike and some sloppy defending later led to a James Tavernier own goal.
However, they created some good chances themselves that night, only to be denied by Les Gones keeper Anthony Lopes.
The Light Blues are going well enough in the Scottish Premiership, sitting on top of the table following Saturday’s 1-0 victory at Dundee.
Joe Aribo’s first-half goal proved enough to claim maximum points after Jon McLaughlin kept out a 59th-minute penalty.
Gerrard told Rangers TV: “There are certain games away from home where you know you’ll have to hustle and grind and do the ugly bits.
“I thought to a man we were really honest. I’ve also managed to keep people fresh for Thursday night, so a lot of positives to take away.”
Performing in Europe is a big thing for former Liverpool great Gerrard and he will have his players fired up for this contest.
Let’s finish off our Sparta Prague vs Rangers betting tips by taking 3/1 for the visitors to lead at half-time and full-time.
Zlin 2-5 SPARTA PRAGUE – Ondrej Celustka, Dominik Simersky (og), Filip Panak, Jakub Pesek, Martin Minchev
Dundee 0-1 RANGERS – Joe Aribo
Head-to-head: Rangers 2-1 Sparta Prague, Sparta Prague 1-0 Rangers
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