Bayer Leverkusen vs Glasgow Rangers Preview
Bayer Leverkusen has already got one step ahead to quarter final after their impressive result in the first leg of the Europa League. Peter Bosz’ men only need to carry on their good form for keeping their hope alive, winning the second title of European competition. Although there is still the second leg match this midweek against Rangers, they seem to be unstoppable to get through the next stage.
Both teams latest news
Kai Havertz and Co’s last game was last month in the DFB Pokal final against Bayern. Unfortunately, they were dismantled 2-4 as expected. Die Roeten already took the two-goal lead by David Alaba and Serge Gnarby at the first half. They even extended their lead by Robert Lewandowski. Leverkusen was able to score a lifeline from Sven Bender, but then Lewandowski completed his brace and sealed their second title before Kai Havertz’s penalty at the stoppage time.
Glasgow Rangers had a narrow win while visiting Aberdeen last weekend. They defeated the host 1-0. Ryan Kent scored the winning goal after taking advantage of Alfredo Morelos’ assist.
Bayer Leverkusen under Peter Bosz seems to have found the ideal formation under 3-4-2-1 or 3-4-3 formation. Kai Havertz seems to have been comfortable and more dangerous with his new attacking role, either as a frontman or as a playmaker. He is likely to endure such role while Lucas Alario will have to sit on the bench while Kevin Volland could play wide as left forward, unless there has been a closure for his transfer rumor to Chelsea. The only player on the injury table at the moment is Paulinho.
Steven Gerard tends to employ the same formation, 4-3-3 with possible transition to 4-2-3-1. Alfredo Morelos is the main forward supported by Ianis Hagi, Ryan Kent and Joe Aribo. However, if Morelos’ transfer talk has been completed which will lead to his move to Lille, Gerrard will only have limited option upfront as Jermain Defoe is ruled out along with Nikola Katic.
Player to watch
Peter Bosz is likely to select the combination of his key figures and young and players. Kevin Volland might still get a nod to lead his team. The captain scored ten goals and provided seven assists this season. Some other notable names to watch are Leon Bailey who also scored in the first leg and possibly Nadiem Amiri.
On Gerrard’s side, the son of George Hagi, Ianis, is the one their fans expect their form for. The versatile Romanian attacking midfielder who arrived on January has scored two goals and one assist in Europa league. Another key man to watch is the left wing back Borna Barisic.
Leverkusen vs Rangers Prediction
Leverkusen’s away goals advantage should be more than enough to put Rangers in difficulty here. Steven Gerrard’s men have to snatch a win with three-goal difference, which is very unlikely considering their lacklustre form at the first leg. The former Liverpool captain needs to come up with more unpredictable tactical approach or back up plan to do better in European competition. A draw or even a narrow win for the home side is the most reasonable result.
The home side is definitely regarded as the favourite. They are projected to win at 1.67. James Tavanier and Co are only priced to win at 5.10 while the draw result is slightly lower, which is at 4.10.