Rangers vs Sparta Prague recommended bets
Rangers vs Sparta Prague match preview
These two teams are currently neck-and-neck in the race for a knockout phase spot, meaning three points for either in Glasgow could prove crucial.
A fortnight ago, the pair played out a very uneventful goalless draw at Stadion Letná; those of us who sat through that one will never get those 90 minutes of our lives back!
Nevertheless, that was only Philippe Clement’s second game in charge of Rangers, and is part of the solid start to life in Govan he has enjoyed to date.
So far, the new managed has overseen three wins out of three in the Premiership, before else enjoying a victory in Sunday’s League Cup semi-finals at Hampden.
James Tavernier’s brace, the second of which was a gorgeous free-kick, helping the Gers defeat Hearts 3-1, meaning they’ll now face Aberdeen in the final on 17 December.
Before then, the Light Blues’ European fate will be determined, with Clement’s team targeting a victory here that would leave them in pole position to reach the knockout stages.
Sparta Prague meantime also have four points on the board, beating Aris Limassol 3-2 in their group opener, before a narrow 2-1 defeat in Seville at the hands of Real Betis.
Last season, the Maroons won the Czech title for the first time in nine seasons but, after being eliminated from Champions League qualifying by København on penalties, had to settle for a spot in this competition.
Brian Priske’s aim now is to lead Sparta into the knockouts of this tournament for the first time since 2016/17.
When these two clubs met at Ibrox almost exactly two years ago, Alfredo Morelos’ brace saw Rangers to a 2-0 win, a result that rubber stamped second spot, ultimately getting all the way to that season’s final.
While a repeat of that last part is unlikely, the home supporters in attendance would love a similar scoreline.
Rangers team news
Borna Barišić missed three games with an injury, meaning Ben Davies had to be deployed as a make-shift left-back in Czechia, but the Croatian returned to the side at Hampden on Sunday, which is a massive boost.
Philippe Clement isn’t likely to make too many changes from the weekend, although Scott Wright’s goal off the bench will have given the new manager something to think about.
Winger Abdallah Sima has scored in Rangers’ last two European home games, against PSV and Real Betis, so can he continue that streak here?
Sparta Prague team news
Club captain Ladislav Krejčí is still sidelined due to an injury, a major blow, leaving a huge void in midfield.
Veljko Birmančević could be Sparta’s main goal-threat, having netted six times so far this season, on target against København in qualifying and in Spain against Betis on matchday two.
Of the 15 players who featured at Ibrox two years ago, only Tomáš Wiesner, Filip Panák, Lukáš Haraslín and Adam Karabec could also appear in this one too.