Rangers and PSV Eindhoven lock horns on Tuesday night (20.00) in what is a repeat of last year’s Champions League playoff encounter. Tuesday’s first leg is at Ibrox, while the second leg is at the Philips Stadion next Wednesday.
Michael Beale’s men sent PSV packing to move one step closer to continental football last year, and will be hoping for a similar result this time around, as both sides are competing for a place in the group stages.
Ridvan Yilmaz is expected to remain on the sidelines for Gers, so Borna Barisic will continue at left-back, while Steven Davis remains out for the foreseeable future after suffering cruciate ligament damage.
As for the visitors, Mauro Junior is now eligible to play in Europe after serving a two-game continental suspension, however, the left-back is currently nursing a knee injury.
Patrick van Aanholt was forced off with a concern in the second half of Saturday’s win over Vitesse, while fellow defenders Armando Obispo and Fredrik Oppegard are missing too.
PSV Eindhoven to win and both teams to score @ 16/5
Rangers overcame PSV in Champions league qualifying last season, however the visitors may well arrive with revenge as motivation.
PSV have been in fine form regardless, winning all five of their fixtures this season – including a victory over Feyenoord in the Dutch Super Cup – while Rangers have been slow out of the starting blocks.
The hosts have scored in each of their last 29 competitive home games and should be expected to score here as PSV have kept just one clean sheet in their last four games, but the in-form Dutch giants can still claim the win even if they do concede, in my opinion.
The last time Rangers drew a blank at home was a 3-0 defeat to Napoli in the group stages of last year’s Champions League and they did find Europe a step too far, losing to both Liverpool and Ajax at this ground.
PSV have won their last eight away games but have conceded in six of those outings, so backing the visitors and both teams to score looks a good option here.
Luuk de Jong to score anytime @ 7/4
De Jong scored three goals in the two games against Sturm Graz in the previous qualifying round to lead his side to a 7-2 victory on aggregate.
The former Barcelona forward was also on target against Vitesse at the weekend in Eredivisie action.
The Dutch striker has four goals in five games across all competitions so far this season, while he netted 18 in 39 appearances last term, so I think he’s the danger man for PSV here.,