Villarreal take on the visitors Rangers at the Estadio de la Ceramica in the Round 1 of the UEFA Europa League Group G. The match will be played in the eponymous city Villarreal on Thursday, September 20th.
Villarreal have been looking so-so in the start of the new Primera Division season. They have been able to win only once in four tours. El Submarino Amarillo have been struggling to score recently even though they had been scoring lots of goals before. They had been considering a fully offensive team once. In their last four matches they scored only twice. The team of Javier Calleja has been showing bad performances in front of their home crowd too lately. In their last five home fixtures they won none of them. In their last three matches overall Villarreal beat Leganes with a 1-0 score, lost to Girona with a 0-1 score and drew against Sevilla with a 0-0 score.
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Rangers went through all of the four Europa League qualification rounds before getting to the group stage of the tournament. In the first qualification round the Gers beat Shkupi from Macedonia (2-0, 0-0). In the second qualification round they beat Osijek from Croatia (1-0, 1-1). In the third one the team of Steven Gerrard went through Maribor from Slovenia (3-1, 0-0). In the qualification play-offs they beat Ufa from Russia (1-0, 1-1). In their last three matches Rangers beat Dundee with a 4-0 score, lost to Celtic with a 0-1 score and drew against Ufa with a 1-1 score.
The last two fixtures between Villarreal and Rangers happened in 2006 when the teams drew with 1-1 and 2-2 scores. In the upcoming match El Submarino Amarinno will perform in front of their home crowd and the Gers often show bad performances on the away side. The team of Javier Callejo should get the three points on Thursday.
Prediction for the match: Villarreal to win with -1.0 handicap.