Kick-off: 2000, 29/11/2018
TV: BT Sport
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What Trueform says for Rangers vs Villarreal
There is everything still to play for in Group G of the Europa League and we’re expecting a hard-fought encounter between Rangers and Villarreal at Ibrox.
It was 2-2 when these teams met in Spain on Matchday 1 and they may again be impossible to split in the penultimate round of fixtures.
Both sides will be going all out for victory, but we still favour 5/2 for a stalemate as our initial Rangers vs Villarreal prediction.
A Look At Rangers’ Betting Odds
Rangers twice came from behind to earn a share of the spoils at El Madrigal in September, with Scott Arfield and Kyle Lafferty hitting the target after Villarreal had struck in the opening minute.
Steven Gerrard’s men showed more resilience when beating Rapid Vienna 3-1 in Glasgow, despite the visitors having gone in front, with Alfredo Morelos bagging a brace.
However, they were held to a goalless draw by Spartak Moscow at this venue and surrendered the lead three times before losing 4-3 to the same opponents in Russia.
That performance was most unlike the Gers since Gerrard’s arrival, with the rookie boss suffering a first defeat in Europe at the 12th time of asking.
It can only be assumed that the former Liverpool midfielder will seek to tighten things up for this crucial clash, but 13/4 for a score draw still stands out from the Rangers vs Villarreal odds.
Rangers left-back Borna Barisic has returned to full training after being out for two months with a calf injury but this game will come too soon.
Ryan Kent (hamstring) misses out also but will rejoin his team-mates next week, while Lee Wallace and Jordan Rossiter are not part of Gers’ European squad.
Long-term casualties Graham Dorrans and Jamie Murphy (both knee) remain on the sidelines.
A Look At Villarreal’s Betting Odds
Villarreal are just a point ahead at the top of the table, with Spartak alongside Rangers in second and Rapid Vienna only two off the pace, so all permutations remain open when it comes to who will advance.
The Yellow Submarines followed up the draw versus Rangers with another entertaining stalemate in Moscow, where former Arsenal ace Santi Cazorla converted a stoppage-time penalty to make it 3-3.
A subsequent 5-0 thrashing of Rapid Vienna in Spain put Javier Calleja’s side in pole position to progress and a goalless stalemate in Austria then did them no harm.
Villarreal have also been involved in a number of even contests in La Liga this term, picking up a point against the likes of Sevilla, Valencia and Atletico Madrid.
We think Calleja may see another such result as a solid return from this trip to Scotland, with a home clash against Spartak their concluding test.
Let’s go with 13/2 for a more reserved 1-1 correct score on this occasion to finish off our Rangers vs Villarreal betting tips.
Last Europa League result:
Spartak Moscow 4-3 RANGERS – Roman Eremenko (og), Daniel Candeias, Glenn Middleton
Rapid Vienna 0-0 VILLARREAL
Head-to-head: Villarreal 2-2 Rangers, Villarreal 1-2 Rangers, Rangers 2-2 Villarreal
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