Osijek vs Rangers – Europa League : Osijek and Rangers play this Thursday night in Croatia
In another encounter of the 1st leg of the 2nd qualifying round for the Europa League.
Osijek finished in 4th place of the Croatian league with 56 points conquered, thanks to a record of 14 victories, 14 draws and 8 losses.
Their goal ratio counted with 53 goals scored and 38 goals conceded, which results on an average of 2.5 goals per match.
This team grows playing at home, having gotten practically double the amount of points and having scored practically double the number of goals they’ve scored when playing at home.
On the previous round, they’ve eliminated Petrocub, winning at home by 2-1 and drawing in Moldavia by 1-1.
Rangers finished in 3rd place of the Scottish league with 70 points conquered, thanks to a record of 21 victories, 7 draws and 10 losses.
In terms of goals, they’ve scored 76 goals and have conceded 50, presenting an average of 3.3 goals per match.
Curiously, the team conquered more points playing as visitors, recording only 3 losses on the 19 matches they’ve played away from home.
On the previous round, Rangers has defeated Shkupi by 2-0 at home and drew 0-0 on the trip to Macedonia.
I see a very balanced encounter here, but with a slight advantage for Osijek that plays at home.
This Croatian side has been advancing amongst the top spots of their league consecutively for the last couple of years, knowing that they rise up to the occasion in front of their own crowd.
I remind that last season, they’ve eliminated Luzern and PSV with 2 wins at home, but they were eliminated on the last qualifying round for the competition against Austria Vienna.
Osijek vs Rangers – Betting Tip and Prediction:
Rangers appears this year under the command of Gerrard and therefore it is still unknown whether the Liverpool star will elevate the quality of this team in a way to dethrone Celtic, that has been comfortably reigning Scottish football.
The home advantage will be an important aspect on the outcome of this tie and I believe that Osijek will take a least a draw to Scotland,
believing that there will also be at least 2 goals on this encounter, just like it happened in 3 of the 4 matches these two teams featured in on the previous round.
|Over 1.5 goals||