Kick-off: 1755, 22/10/2020
Stadium: Stade Maurice Dufrasne
TV: BT Sport
Rangers visit Standard Liege in their Europa League Group D opener trying to protect a 14-match unbeaten run in all competitions this season.
Their hosts have only lost once in 12 outings and are yet to taste defeat in eight games at Stade Maurice Dufrasne, so a tight tussle is on the cards.
We reckon taking 13/5 for a draw makes sense for our first Standard Liege vs Rangers prediction.
A Look At Standard Liege’s Betting Odds
Standard have a proud history in continental competitions, reaching the European Cup semi-finals in 1962 and making the last eight on three occasions.
Their recent efforts have been less noteworthy, finishing third in Europa League pools for the past two campaigns.
However, Les Rouches have done enough to warrant respect on home turf this time around.
Two years ago, they beat Sevilla, Krasnodar and Turkish outfit Akhisar Belediyespor at this venue.
Last term, Vitoria Guimaraes and Eintracht Frankfurt tasted defeat here, while Arsenal had to come from 2-0 down to claim a hard-fought draw.
New manager Philippe Montanier had a disappointing stint as Nottingham Forest boss but did well enough with Real Sociedad, Rennes and Lens.
Goalkeeper Arnaud Bodart is one of several promising youngsters in this set-up, with 21-year-old defender Zinho Vanheusden recently earning a first Belgium call-up.
Midfielder Selim Amallah is a player to watch out for in goalscorer markets if fit, but he did pick up a knee injury on international duty with Morocco.
Defender Nicolas Gavory has netted in two of the last three games, one from the penalty spot, so 17/2 for him to score at any time is a value alternative from the Standard Liege vs Rangers odds.
A Look At Rangers’ Betting Odds
Rangers are on the crest of a wave after beating Celtic 2-0 away in Saturday’s Old Firm derby to move four points clear at the top of the Scottish Premiership table.
The Glasgow giants came through a tricky test in their final Europa League qualifier when beating Galatasaray 2-1 and look in great shape.
Defender Connor Goldson grabbed both goals at Parkhead and told talkSPORT: “As a team, so far this season we have been a lot better.
“We’ve shown our consistency, we’ve gone to these places and we’ve been winning often. We just need to carry that on.
“I can see there has been a mental change within our changing room that winning an Old Firm game isn’t enough, we need to go and win silverware.”
Rangers used to be regarded as poor travellers in Europe, but they performed with credit on the road in a tough pool last term.
Steven Gerrard’s side draw away to Porto and Feyenoord and only lost out 2-1 against Young Boys in Switzerland due to a stoppage-time decider.
A 1-0 win at Braga helped the Light Blues reach the last 16, before Bayer Leverkusen proved too hot to handle.
Wing-back James Tavernier has been banging in the goals of late, netting eight times in his last nine appearances and scoring in all three Europa League qualifiers.
Let’s add 333/100 for the 28-year-old to strike at any time here to our Standard Liege vs Rangers betting tips.
STANDARD LIEGE 1-1 Club Brugge – Nicolas Gavory (pen)
Celtic 0-2 RANGERS – Connor Goldson (2)
Head-to-head: Rangers 2-0 Standard Liege, Standard Liege 4-1 Rangers
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