International - Europa League Qualification

66' R. Chipolina 66' Yellow Card 66'  R. Chipolina 71' K. Goldwin 71' Yellow Card 71'  K. Goldwin 74' I. Hagi 74' Yellow Card 74'  I. Hagi 21' J. Tavernier 21' Goal 21'   Tavernier J. Tavernier 45' C. Goldson 45' Goal 45'   Goldson C. Goldson 67' A. Morelos 67' Goal 67'   Morelos A. Morelos 84' J. Defoe 84' Goal 84'   Defoe J. Defoe 88' A. Morelos 88' Goal 88'   Morelos A. Morelos
Lincoln Red Imps

Lincoln Red Imps

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Rangers FC

Rangers FC

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  • Date: 17/09/2020
  • Time: 16:00
  • Venue: Victoria Stadium
  • Referee: Iwan Arwel Griffith
Europa League Betting Tips: Lincoln Red Imps v Rangers

Date published: 9/16/2020 7:58:06 PM

Europa League Betting Tips: Lincoln Red Imps v Rangers

Steven Gerrard’s Rangers begin their Europa League qualifying campaign with a trip to face Gibraltar minnows Lincoln Red Imps.

The SPFL title challengers only exited the protracted 2019-20 Europa League last month, losing the second leg of their clash with Bundesliga side Bayer Leverkusen 1-0, but they’ve made an excellent start to their domestic campaign since the season began in early August. 

 

It’s 19 points from 21 available for Gerrard’s men as they sit top of the Scottish table, keeping seven consecutive clean sheets while looking particularly strong going forward in Saturday’s 4-0 victory over Dundee United, with four different names on the scoresheet. 

 

The priority will be avoiding injuries here and maintaining that league form as they look to end bitter rivals Celtic’s bid for a tenth consecutive league title, and Gerrard is expected to make widespread rotations here with a second-string line-up.

 

That should be enough to see Rangers comfortably through here. The Red Imps are the perennial champions of Gibraltar, but play in a league ranked 46th in the UEFA coefficients, with next to no historical pedigree in European competition - although they did famously beat Celtic four years ago, 1-0 on home soil, a result dubbed ‘the shock of Gibraltar’ - before losing the return leg of the qualifier 3-0. 

 

A repeat of that 1-0 scoreline is a massive 55/1 with Betfair Sportsbook, while the Red Imps are 22/1 to win in 90 minutes and 12/1 to qualify. Rangers are priced at just 1/14 to win in 90 minutes and incredibly short odds of 1/200 to qualify.

 

Given those circumstances, there’s next to no value to be found in a Rangers victory, while backing an upset would be a fool’s errand. We recommend looking at other markets here, such as the goalscorers - with Gerrard expected to name a semi-strong line-up to avoid any blushes here, and a squad that’s limited by mounting injuries. 

 

Summer signing Cedric Itten scored twice in Gibraltar for Switzerland last year and will be looking for similar results here - against a side that make up a large proportion of the Gibraltar national team. He’s priced at 11/4 to score first here, and 8/13 to score anytime, with odds from Paddy Power.

 

*All prices correct at the time of writing and subject to change

 

Best Bet

 

Cedric Itten to score first - 11/4

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Match Information

  • Europa League Qualification
  • Round 2
  • Victoria Stadium
  • Iwan Arwel Griffith
  • 17 Sep, 16:00

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Lincoln Red Imps v Rangers FC

    Lincoln Red Imps 0 - 5 Rangers FC - Match Report

    Date published: 9/17/2020 8:13:02 PM

    Lincoln Red Imps 0 - 5 Rangers FC - Match Report

    Rangers roll over Lincoln Red Imps under Rock of Gibraltar

    Rangers steamrolled over Lincoln Red Imps under the Rock of Gibraltar as they dished out a 5-0 Europa League drubbing.

    Steven Gerrard’s team were back at the Victoria Stadium 12 months on from beating St Joseph’s in last year’s opening qualifier.

    This time they kicked off their continental campaign against a side who famously upset Brendan Rodgers’ Celtic side in 2016.

    But there was little danger of the Ibrox men suffering the same kind of humiliation dished out to their Old Firm rivals once skipper James Tavernier netted for the third game running with a stunning set-piece.

    Gers cruised to victory on the southern tip of Spain with substitute Alfredo Morelos netting a double to reach 20 goals in Europe for the club, while Connor Goldson and Jermain Defoe also contributed to a result which books them a trip to Holland to face Willem II in a week’s time.

    Gerrard made six changes to the team who put four past Dundee United on Saturday, with goalkeeper Allan McGregor and striker Cedric Itten among those recalled.

    In the hosts’ line-up was Lee Casciaro, the forward who has made himself the answer to pub quiz questions for years to come by netting goals against both Celtic and Scotland.

    And he almost completed the set just four minutes in as he flashed a header over McGregor’s crossbar.

    But that was all the Scots had to worry about under the imposing rock face

    Red Imps got men behind the ball in an effort to deny Gers time and space in the final third but it was only ever a matter of time before the Light Blues found a breakthrough.

    Ianis Hagi’s trickery in tight spaces made him a marked man and he found himself on the receiving end of some rough treatment.

    The Romanian was dumped to the floor just outside the box by home skipper Roy Chipolina on 21 minutes.

    The free-kick was positioned perfectly for Tavernier, who swept a sublime strike over the wall and past Kyle Goldwin to give Gerrard just the start he was looking for.

    But there was concern on the manager’s face seven minutes before the break, when Roofe pulled up with an apparent calf injury.

    Having seen four of his men hurt against United, Gerrard was taking no chances and immediately whipped the former Leeds ace off, with young full-back Nathan Paterson introduced and Tavernier pushed up to right wing.

    But there was some cheer for the Gers bench in the fourth minute of stoppage time as Rangers struck again. Jack Sergeant’s foul on Hagi wide on the left teed up Borna Barisic to deliver and Goldson powered home with a header.

    Tavernier’s work was done, with Morelos introduced at half-time. But McGregor was called on to preserve Gers’ shut-out record – which now stands at eight games if you count the defeat to Bayer Leverkusen as last season – when George Edmundson inexplicably chose to duck as a cross came into his box.

    His goalkeeper was there to rescue, however, blocking Chipolina at point-blank range.

    It was game over on 67 minutes when the latest Chipolina foul on Hagi allowed Barisic to clip in another teasing cross, with Stewart knocking down for Morelos to tap home his third of the season.

    Rangers survived a late penalty shout when Goldson clattered into Casciaro before extending their lead even further with six minutes left as Defoe fired into the corner after Patterson and Hagi combined on the edge of the box.

    Defoe then turned provider as he rolled in Morelos to dink the ball over Goldwin with two minutes left.