Kick-off: 1755, 20/09/2018
Stadium: El Madrigal
TV: BT Sport
Rangers begin the Europa League group stage with a tough trip to Spain but may be good value to pick up a point when visiting Villarreal.
Steven Gerrard’s side have generally been very organised and tough to break down this term, while their hosts seem to be struggling a touch up front.
If the Glasgow giants can avoid any early mistakes, we reckon they will grow in confidence and can grind out a draw at 17/4 for our first Villarreal vs Rangers prediction.
A Look At Villarreal’s Betting Odds
Villarreal came out on top in their pool last term, but it was a pretty weak section and they were far from convincing on home turf.
Astana were beaten at El Madrigal, but Slavia Prague secured a share of the spoils and Maccabi Tel Aviv actually left with maximum points.
The Yellow Submarines also lost to Lyon here when going out in the first knockout round and have suffered defeats in both La Liga home games this term, versus Real Sociedad and Girona.
Sunday’s 1-0 success at Leganes was a welcome boost but that still only made it two goals in four domestic fixtures.
A Look At Rangers’ Betting Odds
Rangers have already come through four qualifying rounds to get this far and did not taste defeat in any of the away legs.
Gerrard’s men battled out goalless stalemates at Shkupi and Maribor, drew 1-1 at Ufa and won 1-0 at Osijek, so can clearly be set up to defend.
Their sole defeat in the Scottish Premiership was a narrow 1-0 loss at Celtic before the international break and Rangers responded by giving Dundee a 4-0 drubbing on Saturday.
Gerrard is keeping his feet on the ground, though, stating: “It was good enough but we will play better than that. We have to play with more control.”
That attention to detail will help the Gers stand up to harder tests and 19/2 for a 1-1 draw completes our Villarreal vs Rangers betting tips.
Kyle Lafferty will lead the line for Rangers as Alfredo Morelos is suspended, along with Jon Flanagan, while Ryan Jack, Gareth McAuley (both calf) and Ovie Ejaria (hip) are absent through injury.
Leganes 0-1 VILLARREAL – Carlos Bacca
RANGERS 4-0 Dundee – Lassana Couibaly, Ryan Kent, James Tavernier (pen), Glenn Middleton
Head-to-head: Villarreal 1-1 Rangers, Rangers 2-2 Villarreal
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