Rangers vs Villarreal Preview

Rangers vs Villarreal

Competition – UEFA Europa League

Stadium – Ibrox Stadium

Date: 29th November 2018

Kick-off time – 20:00 GMT

This is the closest group in this competition as every team in it goes into this match day with a chance to make the round of 32.

Rangers can end this Thursday top of the group or totally out of contention, and that can happen if they lose this game while Spartak Moscow wins their match.

The former Liverpool captain’s side have had a solid European campaign so far and they should be confident of getting a result here.

Rangers have been one of the most consistent sides in the competition this season and only suffered their first European loss of the season in their last group game.

Villarreal were seen as favourites to top this group when the draw was made, but they haven’t had the best of seasons both domestically and in Europe.

They come into this game in 16th position in La Liga but they should be confident after their 2-1 win over Real Betis at the weekend.

This Villarreal team has been heavily rotated for European nights this season however we expect Javier Calleja to play his most trusted players for this one.

Rangers have been involved in some high scoring games this season as they continue to play a very attractive brand of attacking football.

The Ibrox side have scored 15 times in their last 4 games and 10 times in their last 2 home games.

Villarreal have also netted 10 times in their 4 group games so far.  That is an average of 3.75 goals per game, and this game could end as another high scoring affair.

Bookmakers have priced Villarreal up as favourites to come out on top while Rangers are slight underdogs while playing at home.

Oddsmakers and fans alike believe this game will see goals as over 2.5 goals is currently trading odds-on.

Results of each team’s last 5 matches across all leagues and competitions

Rangers

LAST FIVE GAMES DATE COMPETITION
W Rangers 7-1 Motherwell 11 Nov, 2018 Scottish Premiership
L Spartak Moscow 4-3 Rangers 8 Nov, 2018 UEFA Europa League
W St Mirren 0-2 Rangers 3 Nov, 2018 Scottish Premiership
D Rangers 1-1 Kilmarnock 31 Oct, 2018 Scottish Premiership
L Aberdeen 1-0 Rangers 28 Oct, 2018 Scottish League Cup

Villarreal

LAST FIVE GAMES DATE COMPETITION
D Rayo Vallecano 2-2 Villarreal 11 Nov, 2018 Spanish Primera División
D Rapid Vienna 0-0 Villarreal 8 Nov, 2018 UEFA Europa League
D Villarreal 1-1 Levante 4 Nov, 2018 Spanish Primera División
D Almeria 3-3 Villarreal 1 Nov, 2018 Spanish Copa del Rey
L Alavés 2-1 Villarreal 28 Oct, 2018 Spanish Primera División

H2H

DATE COMPETITION
Villarreal 2-2 Rangers 20 Sep, 2018 UEFA Europa League

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