Rangers vs FC Shkupi betting tips and predictions for the Europa League Qualifying match which takes place on Thursday 12th July. Our preview includes a highest scoring half selection and correct score prediction for the game which kicks off at 7:45pm and will be screened on BT Sport 1. Will Steven Gerrard’s side avoid an early-season setback?
The first qualifying round of the Europa League get underway this week and Rangers are one of two SPL teams who will battle against the minnows in order to secure their place in the competition. Steven Gerrard has been busy re-shaping his squad this summer and he’s submitted his squad list ahead of this tie with Lee Wallace and Harry Forrester amongst the players omitted. Fabio Cardoso is also missing from the list. It’s Gerrard’s competitive bow and he will hope his side can make light-work of their Macedonia opposition. Just over 12 months ago, The Gers lost in Luxembourg to Progres Nierkorn and were surprisingly eliminated at this early stage. There looks to be more of a unity about the squad this time around and they have a relatively decent record in this competition at Ibrox. Shkupi have nothing to lose and are likely to battle throughout the 90 minutes. They will be hoping to give themselves a chance of taking something back to Macedonia next week. The home side will be well-supported as always and they will be hoping to raise the roof on Thursday evening. They scored just once against the Progres Niedercorn here last season and can’t afford to be as profligate this time around.
It’s always difficult to find value in these ties especially as Rangers are starting as 1/12 favourites. They have an excellent record of keeping clean sheets in the Europa League at Ibrox and have conceded just three goals in seven matches. They won 1-0 here last season and they didn’t give their opponents many opportunities throughout the contest. Rangers to Win to Nil is a short-price at 4/6 with Bet Victor but it offers far more value than backing them on the outright market. You can use their £40 free bet on this Europa League fixture.
This is Shkupi’s first foray into the Europa League qualifiers and they’ll be keen to keep it tight during the early stages of the game. They haven’t played since the end of May and even though Rangers have played just one pre-season friendly, they should strip fitter for this tie. Steven Gerrard has been working his players hard in training and that should pay-off in the second half of this game. The Second Half to be the Highest Scoring Half is 21/20 with William Hill and looks a good option in this game. You can use their £30 free bet to back our tip.
We’ve fallen into this trap before but this game should be fairly comfortable for Rangers. They should be able to exert their dominance and led by new captain James Tavernier, they should be able to find a way past Shkupi fairly easily. Fans may have to be a little patient however. A 4-0 Rangers correct score looks a decent punt at 6/1 with Ladbrokes and they are offering a free £50 bet which can be used on any pre-season match.
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