Alashkert v Rangers betting tips: Gers ready to face the heat
Preview and odds for Thursday’s Europa League play-off clash
Steven Gerrard’s side hold a first-leg advantage as they bid to reach the Europa League group stage so we have studied the odds to bring you some Alashkert v Rangers betting tips.
All 32 teams involved in the groups will have had to qualify via the play-offs, with no one granted automatic entry to the competition proper.
The game, which takes place at the Alashkert Stadium, Yerevan, Armenia, on Thursday, will be shown live on BBC Scotland with an 4pm BST kick-off.
Alashkert v Rangers match odds
Rangers, knocked out of the Champions League by 10-man Malmo, now face a monumental journey to Yerevan, on the edge of Europe, and a 7,000-mile round trip before facing Old Firm rivals Celtic only three days later.
The Scottish champions hold a 1-0 lead against the Armenians, courtesy of an Alfredo Morelos goal in the home leg after John Lundstram had been dismissed in the first half for a second yellow card.
The odds are 3/10 for Gerrard’s side to win the second leg in the Alashkert v Rangers betting tips.
Rangers, without suspended duo Glen Kamara and Kemar Roofe, dominated possession from the start but it needed a 67th-minute Morales strike against the limited visitors to give the Gers an advantage.
Gerrard was not happy with his group and said afterwards: “The players listened to what I had to say at half-time and we got a reaction and we went on to win the game.
“But we should have made this game so much more comfortable than we have.
“The first-half performance was nowhere where I needed it or wanted it to be.”
Alashkert, who won their national title last year, opened their season with a home loss to Aararat-Armenia before going down 2-0 at home to FC Van in the Armenian Premier League.
Alashkert v Rangers head-to-head
The hosts are bidding to become the first Armenian side to reach the group stages of the Europa League.
They are 12/5 to either win or draw the second-leg clash in the Double Chance market.
Gerrard’s side have kept clean sheets in three of their last seven competitive matches and are 19/20 to do so again in the Alashkert v Rangers betting tips.
After three successive defeats, Rangers have now won three on the spin following their 4-2 Scottish Premiership victory at Ross County on Sunday and are 2/1 to win but concede.
Alashkert v Rangers key battles
The heat could be a factor in this game with temperatures upwards of 33C forecast.
Rangers have the ability to be able to play on the break and such was their abject first-leg performance, Gerrard no longer has the luxury of leaving senior players at home to rest ahead of the clash with Celtic.
Rangers have reached the Europa League group phase three years running, advancing to the last 16 in each of the past two seasons.
Should they falter against Alashkert, Rangers will drop into the group phase of the Europa Conference League.
All odds and markets correct as of date of publication