Rangers play PSV Eindhoven in the UEFA Champions League (UCL) Qualifiers 2022 at the Ibrox Stadium on August 17. The match will start at 12:30 AM IST (Indian Standard Time).
The hosts, Rangers, came back from a 2-0 deficit in the first leg of their last qualifier round to beat Royale Union Saint Gilloise 3-0 in the second leg, courtesy of goals from James Tavernier, Malik Tillman and Antonio Colak. They have also won three Scottish Premiership games on the bounce while keeping clean sheets against Livingston and St. Johnstone.
PSV Eindhoven defeated AS Monaco 3-2 in extra time of the second leg in the previous round of the UCL Qualifiers. Erick Gutierrez’s equalizer in the 89th minute took the game into extra time while Luuk De Jong scored a 109th-minute winner. They beat Ajax by a 5-3 scoreline in the Johan Cruijff Schaal and also started their Eredivisie season with two wins.
Rangers vs PSV Eindhoven UEFA Champions League Qualifiers 2022 odds
Parimatch odds: Rangers: 2.55, PSV Eindhoven: 2.65, Draw: 3.55
Betwinner odds: Rangers: 2.51, PSV Eindhoven: 2.65, Draw: 3.58
Betway odds: Rangers: 2.50, PSV Eindhoven: 2.70, Draw: 3.30
10CRIC odds: Rangers: 2.60, PSV Eindhoven: 2.66, Draw: 3.44
Note: Odds are subject to change. Please visit betting sites to check and confirm the latest odds.
Rangers vs PSV Eindhoven head-to-head
Rangers and PSV Eindhoven have recently played against each other in the UEFA Europa League 2010-11 in the round of 16. The teams played out a 0-0 draw in the first leg while PSV won the second leg by a 1-0 scoreline. Rangers have won thrice along with a draw in this head-to-head in the UEFA Champions League.
The Glasgow-based team have won four of their last five matches this season, including a 3-0 win in the second leg of the last round of the UCL Qualifiers. Meanwhile, PSV Eindhoven have won four and drawn one of their last five matches. Two of the wins had them scoring five goals in the match.
Rangers vs PSV Eindhoven probable starting lineups
Rangers: Jon McLaughlin (goalkeeper); James Tavernier (captain), Connor Goldson, James Sands, Borna Barisic; Scott Arfield, John Lundstram, Tom Lawrence; Malik Tillman, Antonio Colak, Ryan Kent.
PSV Eindhoven: Walter Benitez (goalkeeper); Phillipp Mwene, Jordan Teze, Armando Obispo, Philipp Max (captain); Ibrahim Sangare, Joey Veerman; Johan Bakayoko, Xavi Simons, Cody Gakpo; Luuk de Jong.
Rangers vs PSV Eindhoven FC UEFA Champions League Qualifiers 2022 top picks and players to watch
Rangers: James Tavernier is the player to watch out for from the hosts. The right-back made 22 goal contributions in the Scottish Premiership last season, scoring nine goals and making 13 assists. He is also their primary set-piece taker which increases his goal-scoring probability. The 30-year-old has started this season with a goal and an assist in three league games.
PSV Eindhoven: Cody Gakpo started his Eredivisie season with two goals and an assist. Gakpo scored 12 goals and made 13 assists in the Eredivisie 2021-22. Along with his goal contributions, the Dutch Winger also has an 88 per cent passing accuracy and 67 per cent dribbling success this season. He will be a top pick in this match.
Rangers vs PSV Eindhoven UEFA Champions League Qualifiers 2022 prediction
Rangers and PSV Eindhoven are well-matched going into this first leg of the UCL Qualifiers. Rangers have had the edge in this tournament but were recently beaten in this head-to-head in the UEFA Europa League. However, they will have the home advantage in this fixture, making them likelier to win this match.
PSV Eindhoven won a highly competitive tie against AS Monaco in the last round and have started the Eredivisie season with a great goal-scoring touch. They will be a mighty challenge for the home side in this first leg.