Slavia Prague vs. Rangers Betting Preview – Europa League, March 11, 2021
Rangers will be looking to cap off a hugely successful few days for the club when they face Slavia Prague in the first leg of their Europa League Round of 16 tie on Thursday, March 11.
Steven Gerrard’s men clinched the Scottish Premiership title last weekend, but let’s not forget that the reigning Czech champions are also on the verge of wrapping up the Fortuna liga.
This is destined to be an intriguing battle between two in-form teams. After taking a look at the bookmakers’ odds, I will share my Salvia Prague vs. Rangers prediction and betting pick.
Slavia Prague vs. Rangers Betting Odds
With the home-field advantage, Slavia Prague (2.40) heads into the first leg as the bookies’ favorite. But as you can see, the odds gap for this matchup is relatively narrow.
10bet views Rangers (3.00) as the marginal outsiders here. However, given their recent run, the high odds for both the draw and the away win are bound to get people talking.
Slavia Prague vs. Rangers Preview
Four straight victories, including an impressive win over German side Bayer Leverkusen, saw Slavia finish six points inside the Group C qualification spots and advance to the Europa League knockout phase.
But having been drawn against EPL club Leicester City in the Round of 32, the Czech champs weren’t expected to go any further.
However, Jindrich Trpisovsky’s men proved their doubters wrong in style. After holding the Foxes to a goalless draw in Prague, Slavia claimed a memorable 2-0 victory in England to book their place in the Round of 16.
Abdallah Sima scored in the second leg against Leicester, taking his tally to 19 goals in 30 appearances this term. The 19-year-old has already racked up four goals and one assist in the Europa League this season, making him one of the deadliest forwards in the competition.
The Red and Whites currently sit 14 points clear at the summit of the Czech top-flight and remain unbeaten domestically in 2020/21. But then again, the same can be said about Rangers.
Having registered 28 wins and four draws in the Scottish Premiership this season, the Gers have already secured the top-flight title with six games left to play.
Not only have Gerrard’s men netted a phenomenal 77 domestic goals this term, but they have also conceded just nine. I’m sure you’ll agree that a goal difference of +68 is enough to frighten even the best teams in Europe.
The Glasgow outfit is also yet to taste defeat in the Europa League in 2020/21. After finishing two points ahead of Benfica in Group D, Rangers crushed Royal Antwerp 9-5 on aggregate in the Round of 32.
There have been so many star performers for the Gers this season. But perhaps most impressively, right-back James Tavernier has contributed 17 goals and 15 assists in all competitions, including five goals and four assists in the Europa League.
With players like Alfredo Morelos, Kemar Roofe, and Ryan Kent also shining throughout the campaign, Gerrard’s men will be confident of winning more silverware in the coming months.
Slavia Prague vs. Rangers Prediction and Pick
Rangers to Win3.00
There is absolutely no denying that Rangers are riding a wave right now. Gerrard’s men will be brimming with belief after securing the Scottish title at the weekend – and I’m expecting them to carry their confidence in the Europa League.
Don’t get me wrong, Slavia is no pushover. The Czech champs stunned everyone by knocking out Leicester in the previous round, but I can’t see them getting the better of in-form Rangers on Thursday.