Rangers take on the visitors Betis in the round 1 match of UEFA Europa League group stage. The match will be played on Thursday, September 21st at Ibrox Stadium (Glasgow).
Rangers (Glasgow) - once again only second in their native Scotland. The Light Blues created a remarkable history when, after bankruptcy and being forcibly relegated to what was essentially an amateur level, they managed to return to the top, displacing Celtic. But just a couple of months after their triumph, Steven Gerrard returned to his native England, and his former proteges slid to 2nd place in the Premiership. Nevertheless, they still prove to be formidable opponents in European competitions. Even now, under Michael Beale, they continue to struggle domestically, and in the Champions League qualification, after beating Servette (2-1 and 1-1), they were eliminated by PSV (a 2-2 draw at home and a humiliating 1-5 defeat in Eindhoven).
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Betis under their current coach has reached a respectable level. The Cucumbers made a successful move in 2020 by appointing Manuel Pellegrini. A seasoned specialist, he didn't perform particularly well at West Ham, and before that, he spent a couple of years in China working with Hebei China Fortune. Upon returning to Spain, he immediately guided his new team to European competitions, and in the penultimate season, they achieved a 5th-place finish and won the Copa del Rey. However, in the 2022/2023 season, there was a clear step backward. They couldn't defend their cup trophy, and in La Liga, instead of challenging for 4th place, they dropped to 6th. It's all the more important now to achieve success and show new progress. With a noticeably refreshed squad (including a reunion with Isco, whom Pellegrini turned into a bright star in the past), the Beticos have had a decent start, demonstrating good statistics in the early matches of the league.
This is the first time the Green and Whites are visiting the Rangers in Glasgow. Based on the odds, the strengths of both sides seem evenly matched. This may not be a high-scoring match, so we recommend betting on Total Goals Under 2.5.
Prediction for the match: Under 2.5 scored goals.