Rangers v Shkupi Predictions & Betting Odds – UEFA Europa League

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Rangers v Shkupi Betting Preview – UEFA Europa League 12th July 7.45pm

The pressure will now be on Steven Gerrard as he takes charge of a competitive match for the first time with Rangers. Rangers go in the first qualifying round of the UEFA Europa League on Thursday night as they take on Shkupi. It should be a pretty smooth introduction to top-level managerial life for Gerrard as they get the chance to put in a positive performance on home soil. Read our Rangers v Shkupi predictions for more.

Rangers News and Form

New Rangers boss Steven Gerrard has certainly been busy putting his own stamp on the Rangers squad. He recently added Mali midfielder Lassana Coulibaly to the ranks and brought in striker Sadiq Umar as well for his eighth and night signings of the summer. Those two both arrived on one-year loan deals. So Gerrard is going to have a hard time getting all of these players together into a cohesive unit, but they are going off at Ibrox as heavy odds-on favourites for this UEFA Europa League qualifying fixture. A Rangers to win to nil option is at 1/2 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from July 11th, 2018 at 00:46 a.m.). Last season’s European campaign under Pedro Caixinha was a nightmare as they lost 2-1 against Luxembourg side Progres Niederkorn. There had been so much excitement for them too with it being their first European tie in six years.

Rangers have been warming up with a couple of friendly games, getting a win over The New Saints by a 3-1 scoreline and then over Bury 6-0. The goal here will be to win handsomely at home then take it easy for the away leg. Each of Rangers’ last eight European home games have gone under 2.5 goals incidentally. But we imagine that they are going to come out in a positive mood and a Rangers 3-0 correct score is at 6/1 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from July 11th, 2018 at 00:46 a.m.). What we do also like for this game, just in case this whole project isn’t clicking together yet in early summer for Gerrard is an option of there being 2 or 3 goals in Total in the game at BetVictor for 7/5 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from July 11th, 2018 at 00:46 a.m.).

Shkupi News and Form

Macedonian side Shkupi are going into their first ever UEFA tie. It’s not because their history has been poor, but it’s because they are a fairly new club, being formed six years ago (when two other clubs merged). In last season’s Macedonian top flight they finished fourth to get this first chance at Europa League campaign. Naturally, they are underdogs here and it could be to a fair degree as well.

Rangers v Shkupi Head to Head

Rangers have never met Macedonian opposition before. The winner of this game will face either Petrocub Hincesti or Osijek in the second qualifying round.

Rangers v Shkupi Betting Odds*

Rangers 1/12

Draw 7/1

Shkupi 14/1

*(Betting Odds were taken from July 11th, 2018 at 00:46 a.m.)

Rangers v Shkupi Predictions

It should be straightforward for Rangers in this one to build a comfortable lead so that they don’t have anything to sweat about for the second leg. We like the Exact Goals option at 2 or 3 for the game as this is the early season and we don’t expect a bigger score for the home side coming.

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