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Rangers and PSV Eindhoven meet each other for a place in the Champions League this series and this game will be a repeat of the meeting that occurred last season – at the same stage. Rangers were able to come out on top back then as they stayed unbeaten over both legs. The first leg, however, was quite decisive as it finished as a 2-2 draw at Ibrox Stadium.
Rangers vs PSV predicted lineups and news
Rangers: Another positive home result in the Champions League?
Rangers are hoping to sneak into the group stages of the Champions League for the second consecutive season. They were able to get the better of PSV in the play-off round of last season. This led to a group stage pairing alongside Napoli, Liverpool, and Ajax. Remarkably, Rangers have not reached consecutive Champions League campaigns for more than a decade. The Scottish outfit have been playing extremely well leading up to the game.
Manager Michael Beale watched his team dispatch Servette relatively well in the previous round after a 3-2 aggregate victory. The home win in the first leg turned out to be crucial for Rangers and they will be targeting a similar outcome in the upcoming fixture.
Team news: Rangers
Rangers have a couple of injury problems to be concerned about ahead of this match. This might have been a big factor behind the Scottish outfit going with many fringe players in the weekend’s domestic game. Ben Davies remains out because of an illness while Ridvan Yilmaz will also be unavailable for the game. Steve Davis remains on the road towards recovery as a result of this cruciate ligament injury which will keep him out for a long time.
Rangers predicted lineups (4-3-3):
Jack Butland, James Tavernier, Connor Goldson, John Souttar, Borna Barisic, Jose Cifuentes, Ryan Jack, Todd Cantwell, Nicolas Raskin, Danilo, Abdallah Sima
PSV Eindhoven: Revenge for last season’s defeat?
PSV Eindhoven will certainly have revenge on their minds after being knocked out of the Champions League on their own patch. After getting a brilliant 2-2 draw in the first leg at Ibrox stadium, the Dutch outfit were thrown out of the competition after a 1-0 home loss. This time around, the Dutch team have been playing some scintillating football and they have scored over 2.5 goals in three of the last five matches.
Team news: PSV
PSV are boosted by the return of Mauro Junior from suspension. The left-back has now served a two-game suspension but he may have to wait a little longer to make a first-team bow, as he is struggling with a knee injury. This provides a big dilemma for Petr Bosz, as Patrick van Aanholt could also miss the game after picking up a knee injury during the weekend. As a result, Shurandy Sambo, who is a right back by trade, may have to fill in the spot.
PSV predicted lineups (4-3-3):
Walter Benitez, Jordan Teze, Andre Ramalho Silva, Olivier Boscagli, Shurandy Sambo, Ibrahim Sangare, Joey Veerman, Johan Bakayoko, Isaac Babadi, Yorbe Vertessen, Luuk de Jong
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