RB Leipzig is every thing that stands between Rangers and a spot within the Europa League ultimate.
Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s males fly in Europe and head to Germany for Thursday’s first semifinal spherical after 4 straight victories in all competitions, however Leipzig will like their probabilities to finish their enjoyable.
A shocking defeat towards Union Berlin final time was not one of the best preparation for Leipzig, however they’re nonetheless 4 within the Bundesliga and have been among the many favorites to win this competitors earlier than the season began.
Here’s every thing it is advisable to know in regards to the recreation.
When is kick off? Thursday 28 April, 20:00 (BST)Where is the match performed? Red Bull ArenaTV channel / livestream? BT Sport 2 (UK), Paramount + (USA)Highlights? BT Sport YouTube channelJudge? Benoît Bastien (FRA)WHERE? Benoît Millot (FRA)
Leipzig is in a little bit of a tricky state of affairs without delay. Kevin Kampl, Willi Orban and Mohamed Simakan are all suspended after receiving too many yellow playing cards, whereas Amadou Haidara stands exterior with a nasty knee drawback.
Fortunately, Lukas Klostermann is again in coaching and could be thrown straight again into Leipzig’s three-man protection along with thrilling Josko Gvardiol and probably left-back Marcel Halstenberg, who was centrally positioned this weekend.
Things should not very pink for Rangers both. Star striker Alfredo Morelos stays away and he has been joined by backup Kemar Roofe, which suggests that Fashion Sakala ought to get the nod within the assault. Aaron Ramsey can also be set to overlook as a result of he’s caring for a hamstring damage, which will increase the issues that Van Bronckhorst could face within the assault.
In anticipation of this, quite a lot of massive names rested towards Motherwell, together with John Lundstram, Joe Aribo, Calvin Bassey and Ryan Kent – who can all anticipate to return right here.
Rangers damage checklist might be their downfall right here. They have misplaced their two high scorers in Morelos and Roofe, whereas Ramsey’s simple high quality can be an enormous miss as effectively.
They would all the time be towards it on this one. With Christopher Nkunku within the lead, Leipzig has been an actual hazard this 12 months and the German workforce will anticipate to attain a couple of times, and the query is simply what number of targets Rangers can conjure up themselves.
Sakala and Kent will present many of the Rangers’ threats, however that’s unlikely to be sufficient.
Prediction: RB Leipzig 2-0 Rangers