Rangers vs Villarreal: Predictions, Betting Tips & Odds
It’s crunch time in group G as just one point separates the top three with both Rangers and Villarreal well in the mix with defeat not an option for the Ibrox outfit.
Group G could not be tighter with just two points separating top from bottom in one of the most competitive tables the Europa League has ever seen.
However, because of that, it means defeat could spell disaster for Rangers who sit in third level on points with Spartak Moscow and a point behind Villarreal in top spot.
Victory is the only thing that can be on Gers boss Steven Gerrard’s mind and he has plenty of reason to be optimistic.
Over the last three games Gerrard has seen his side net a whopping 13 times (even if three of those were in that morale sapping 4-3 defeat to Spartak) and keep a clean sheet during their last Ibrox league clash.
However, Spanish heavyweights Villarreal are no fools but are winless on the road in their last six outings in all competitions and have only ever drawn with the Glasgow giants in three meetings.
A stalemate is also the prediction for this game which is a result that will see both sides retain fate in their own hands heading into the final group game.
Three times the pair has met and three times a draw has been played out as well as the Yellow Submarine having drawn their last three away games in all competitions makes a repeat of their 2-2 Estadio de la Cerámica the best prediction for this game.
- Draw and over 2.5 goals
That is some cracking value and a result that would have paid out in two of the sides three meetings to date as a pair of 2-2 draws can testify against one another.
- A goal before 27:00
Both sides have been quick off the mark this season as Villarreal has scored before the 27th minute in three of their four group games so far and Rangers netted in the fifth minute against Spartak Moscow.
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Head to Head
The pair have met three times in European competition and three times and three times the two teams have walked away with a point apiece with the latest being the 2-2 draw in September.
However, they first met in the last sixteen stages of the 2005/06 Champions League in which a 2-2 draw at Ibrox followed by a 1-1 draw in Spain was enough to see Villarreal progress to the quarter-finals on the away goals rule.
- Rangers record in Spain stands at three wins, seven draws, and thirteen defeats.
- Just two points separates all four sides in Group G with Rangers a point behind leaders Villarreal.
- Steven Gerrard’s Rangers have scored fifteen goals in their last four games in all competitions.
- The pair have met three times in European competition and have drawn three times.
- Villarreal will qualify with a win if Spartak Moscow defeat Rapid Wien.