Villarreal – Rangers SOCCER PICKS
Villarreal and Glasgow Rangers meet at Camp El Madrigal, in a match for this phase of the UEFA Europa League (Group Stage). There is no recent record of direct confrontations between these two teams, who have not played any matches in the last 3 years. The last time they met was on 07-03-2006, in a match that ended with the final score: Villarreal (1-1) Glasgow Rangers. the Glasgow Rangers presents considerable differences in their results at home and as a visitor, so in this game the home factor may be decisive.
The home team will make its debut in this edition of the competition, since it did not have to play any of the eliminatory games prior to this group stage. This is a team that usually maintains its competitive levels in home and away matches, since in the last 30 matches they register 5 wins, 6 draws and 4 losses as a visitor; against 6 victories, 3 draws and 6 defeats in their stadium. The team comes to this match after a win away with CD Leganés by (0-1). In the last 10 home matches Villarreal has won 4, tied 3 and lost 3. The team has conceded goals in 7 of the last 10 matches, so their defense needs to improve, but their attack has scored regularly, since he scored goals in 7 of the last 10 matches.
Villarreal has had difficulties to make good exhibitions at this start of the season, as it added only 1 victory in 4 official matches. The only victory was precisely in the last match played, when he beat Leganés away from home, by 0-1. Coach Javier Calleja plays in 4-4-2, privileging a ball possession football and organized attacks: Manu Trigueros is the big responsible for creating the offensive process, owning high technical quality and excellent vision of the game. For this game the coach can not count on Javi Fuego and Santiago Cáseres, both injured.
The visiting team won the access to this group stage after in the previous round eliminated Ufa, with a draw away by (1-1) and a home win by (1-0). This is a team that usually makes good use of the home advantage, stronger with the help of its supporters, since in the last 30 matches they register 4 wins, 8 draws and 3 losses in away matches, with 26 goals scored and 28 conceded; against 12 wins, 1 draw and 2 losses at their stadium, with 37 goals scored and 8 conceded. The team comes to this match after a home victory over Dundee by (4-0). In the last 4 away matches for the UEFA Europa League, Glasgow Rangers won 1 and drew 3.
For this competition, they have not lost any of the last 4 away matches. Their attack has scored regularly, since they have scored goals in 6 of the last 8 matches for this competition. In their away matches there is a tendency for goals, since 18 of the last 27 matches have ended with Over 2,5 goals. This is a team that usually does not feel difficult to open the scoring: it marked the first goal in 6 of the last 8 matches for the UEFA Europa League, of these 6 came to the break in advantage in 3 and managed to maintain the advantage until the end of the 90 ‘in 4.
The last match for the championship served as motivation for this game against Villarreal, as well as facing a strong team of Spanish football, Rangers acts in a stadium with an incredible atmosphere. We remember that visitors come to this game with a triumph, 4-0, at the reception at Dundee. In this away game, coach Steven Gerrard must line up his team in the usual 4-3-3, benefiting the defensive organization and the successive counterattacks. The Colombian Alfredo Morelos is still the highlight in this team, being a very competent player in the finalization. There are no absences of weight for this game.