International - Europa League Qualification

29' O. Elabdellaoui 29' Yellow Card 29'  O. Elabdellaoui 65' Y. Belhanda 65' Yellow Card 65'  Y. Belhanda 52' S. Arfield 52' Goal 52'   Arfield S. Arfield 59' J. Tavernier 59' Goal 59'   Tavernier J. Tavernier 87' Marcão Teixeira 87' Goal 87'   Marcao Marcão Teixeira
Rangers FC

Rangers FC

2 - 1

Galatasaray

Galatasaray

  • HT
    0 - 0
  • 52
    1 - 0
  • 59
    2 - 0
  • 87'
    2 - 1
  • Date: 01/10/2020
  • Time: 19:45
  • Venue: Ibrox
  • Referee: Andris Treimanis
Europa League Betting Tips: Rangers v Galatasaray

Date published: 9/30/2020 6:03:18 PM

Europa League Betting Tips: Rangers v Galatasaray

Turkish giants Galatasaray stand in the way of Rangers on Thursday evening as they look to qualify for the Europa League proper.

Steven Gerrard’s men have enjoyed a strong start to the new season and now face their final qualifier before the competition proper, having breezed to victories over Gibraltan side Lincoln Red Imps (5-0) and Eredivisie opposition Willem II (4-0 last week). 

 

Domestically, the Scottish giants have also been in fine settle, currently sitting atop the SPFL after going unbeaten from nine games so far (seven wins, two draws), with their defence particularly impressive - they kept seven consecutive clean sheets, although have conceded in each of the last two now. 

 

On paper, Galatasaray offer their toughest test yet at this early point of the season, although they could only a muster an underwhelming sixth-place finish in the Turkish Super Lig last term, a major disappointment after winning the title the year before.

 

They have, however, made an impressive start to the new season, taking seven points from nine available, a run that includes a 2-0 win at reigning champions Istanbul Basaksehir and a goalless draw at home to hated rivals Fenerbahce at the weekend.

 

Like the hosts, the Turkish outfit come into this match off the back of some strong defensive displays, with clean sheets in each of their last three matches in all competitions. 

 

Betfair Sportsbook certainly believe this one could be a tight and low-scoring contest, with few goals. They price under 2.5 goals at 4/5, under 1.5 goals at 9/5 and a goalless draw at 15/2 - something to consider given how adept both sides are at keeping clean sheets. 

 

We recommend backing a narrow Rangers win here. Paddy Power offer odds of 6/1 for a narrow home win for the hosts. 

 

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

 

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Match Information

  • Europa League Qualification
  • Round final
  • Ibrox
  • Andris Treimanis
  • 01 Oct, 19:45

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First Goalscorer - Afredo Morelos

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Rangers FC v Galatasaray

    Rangers FC 2 - 1 Galatasaray - Match Report

    Date published: 10/2/2020 1:15:28 PM

    Rangers FC 2 - 1 Galatasaray - Match Report

    Rangers stun Galatasaray to reach group stage of the Europa League

    Rangers hit the Europa League jackpot as a 2-1 win over Galatasaray saw Steven Gerrard’s men make it a hat-trick of group stage qualifications.

    The Ibrox boss admitted on Thursday that his hopes of finally securing the extra midfielder he has long desired hung on whether his team could make it to the money-spinning group phase for the third year running.

    And he will now hope to get the chequebook out before Monday’s transfer deadline after goals from Scott Arfield and James Tavernier sealed a famous win – and a potential £10million windfall.

    Gerrard picked out Arfield out for special praise this week after an impressive return to form and the midfielder repaid his manager’s show of faith with the opener seven minutes into the second half, with skipper Tavernier pouncing moments later for his seventh goal in as many games.

    It is on nights like this that Ibrox has built its reputation for being one of Europe’s most atmospheric venues, but even with the blue stands lying empty and a late goal from defender Marcao, Fatih Terim’s men could not put a dent in Gerrard’s incredible Europa League record.

    Under the former Liverpool midfielder, Rangers have now racked up 19 qualifiers without losing a single leg and will now proudly take their place in Friday’s draw in Nyon.

    Gerrard named the same team that put four past Willem II last week as Ianis Hagi returned to face his father Gheorghe’s old side.

    The Turkish giants, meanwhile, started with Colombia ace Radamel Falcao and Gerrard’s former Liverpool team-mate Ryan Babel.

    The new handball rules have been causing havoc in England but Latvian referee Andris Treimani saw nothing untoward early on as the hosts put in a big appeal when a Connor Goldson header appeared to strike Martin Linnes’ arm, which in fairness was down by his side.

    It was a positive start from the Light Blues, with skipper Tavernier throwing over a delicious cross which just evaded Arfield’s outstretched toe, while centre-back Christian Luyindama rescued the hosts as he headed a goal-bound Goldson header clear from under his own crossbar.

    But Rangers were perhaps guilty of showing Galatasaray a bit too much respect, refusing to press the visitors with the usual ferocity they would normally muster when roared on by a full house.

    A mix-up between Goldson and Arfield allowed Galatasaray to break at speed but there was a lucky let-off as Sofiane Feghouli’s wild finish ended up in the Copland Rear.

    Galatasaray had a penalty shout of their own on the half-hour mark as a Feghouli cross appeared to strike Arfield on the arm but again the award was not given.

    Felip Helander made a vital interception to stop Feghouli bursting through on Allan McGregor’s goal just after the break – and its value was underlined moments later as Arfield swept Rangers ahead.

    Tavernier fired a ball into Hagi’s feet just as Alfredo Morelos dragged his defender away with a clever run.

    That opened up a huge gap in the Galatasaray defence into which Arfield burst as he collected the Romanian’s pass before finishing with the outside of his right foot.

    The small smattering of Rangers players and officials inside Ibrox burst into celebration.

    The noise levels were not quite the same but the delight was clear to see.

    And there was more to celebrate seven minutes later as Tavernier started and finished the move which led to the second. Receiving a pass from Goldson, the full-back drove up field before passing to Hagi.

    The right-back carried on his run and found himself climbing above Linnes as Borna Barisic’s cross spun up off Omar Elabdellaoiui’s leg, to power a header into the top corner.

    Galatasaray were at desperation point now. They screamed loudly for a penalty as Younes Belhanda went down under an Arfield challenge but again Treimani looked away.

    Marcao angled a fantastic header past McGregor from Omer Bayram’s corner with three minutes left but it was too little, too late for the visitors.