MARIBOR VS RANGERS PREVIEW & PREDICTION
Thursday evening, at 19:15, Glasgow Rangers goes to Maribor for the second leg of the Preliminary Round 3 of the UEFA Europa League. “Ibrox” was 3-1 for Steven Gerrard’s team, and the guests come in without 4 players: Dorrans, Jack, Rossiter and Wallace are injured. However, the Scots should get the qualification.
Betting agencies make Maribor favorite especially because of how Rangers will play this game: economical, with the thought of passing time and defensive organization. Guests will not take great risks on their way, because the goal scored by Maribor on the tour can sing enormously: the Slovenians can go on with a 2-0 win! Probably the first half will play without many risks, but we expect a more risky game from the hosts in the second half.
Maribor played well on the move on “Ibrox”.
Maribor has several quality players who have fired the team into the UEFA Champions League in previous seasons. And Rangers, though well on the organizing side of the game, did not show a lot of technical flashes at the start of the season. Maribor has 3 wins in the last 4 official matches: 5-0 with Gorica, 2-0 with Chikhura and 5-2 with Aluminij. Obviously, they are inferior to Rangers, but Maribor’s offensive force is not negligible.
Glasgow Rangers comes after a 2-0 “service” in the championship, with modest St. Mirren, but also in this white-and-blue match played with the handbrake pulled. In the tour with Maribor, it was 3-1 when the break came with 1-1 (goals Morelos and Viler), and Coulibaly set the final score in the 86th minute, otherwise the dispute would have been more balanced on the return. Maribor had 12 sutures at the goal and 4 corners in play, with 45% possession and a convincing game overall. Maribor is not much inferior to Rangers and the qualification continues to play.
PREDICTION: Under 2.5 goals @ 1.67