Rangers vs Aris Limassol recommended bets
Rangers vs Aris Limassol match preview
Aside from the abomination at Alphamega Stadium, Rangers have been very impressive in this season’s UEFA Europa League, and victory here would book their place in the knockout stages.
In the reverse fixture, the Gers were actually beaten 2-1 in Limassol, Alex Moucketou-Moussounda and Shavy Babicka scoring in a famous win for Aris, as the visitors completely lacked direction under Steven Davis.
Since then though, now led by Philippe Clement, they’ve got back on track, leaving Prague with a point, before a 2-1 victory over Sparta last time out, in which Danilo and Todd Cantwell were the scorers.
So, victory for the Light Blues here would rubber stamp their spot in the knockouts, thereby keeping pace with Real Betis, still in with a chance of pinching top spot at Estadio Benito Villamarín in a fortnight.
At the weekend however, Clement’s perfect start in domestic competition came to an end.
He had won five out of five prior to a 1-1 draw at Pittodrie, in which they needed a 94th minute penalty from James Tavernier to salvage a draw against Aberdeen.
Thus, it’s vitally important that Rangers get back to winning ways.
Aris Limassol meantime won their first-ever Cypriot First Division title last season so, after coming through two qualifiers, are debuting in a UEFA group stage.
To date, Aleksey Shpilevsky’s side have found it tough going, losing all three matches aside from when Rangers visited in October, hence why that victory was so momentous.
Last time out, the Light Brigade were smashed 4-1 in Seville, so defeat here could condemn them to last place.
As the seek to retain their title, Aris move to the top of the table at the weekend, leapfrogging APOEL courtesy of a 1-0 win, while they have a derby against AEL to come on Monday.
Here, Rangers have won both previous home games against Cypriot opposition, defeating Anorthosis Famagusta in 1995 and again in 2005, with another home win likely to be on the cards at Ibrox.
Rangers team news
Connor Goldson is suspended, having picked up his third yellow card of the campaign against Sparta Prague, while Abdallah Sima would sit out the trip to Seville if cautioned by referee Rohit Saggi here.
Without Goldson or Leon Balogun, who’s not in the UEFA squad, John Souttar and Leon King will be the centre-back pairing.
José Cifuentes and Tom Lawrence were surprise inclusions in the XI on Sunday, filling voids vacated by the injured Nicolas Raskin and Ryan Jack.
Danilo led the line at Pittodrie, so will he continue to be chosen over Cyriel Dessers?
Aris Limassol team news
Striker Artyom Shumansky came off the bench to score the winner in Saturday’s top-of-the-table clash against APOEL, so is likely to start this time.
Top-scorer Yannick Gomis is out injured, so Aleksandr Kokorin will partner Shumansky in attack.