Willem II and Rangers meet at Koning Willem II Stadion, in a match for this phase of the UEFA Europa League (3rd Qualifying Round). These two teams have never met before, so this will be their first head-to-head meeting. In this match the home factor may be decisive, as Willem II presents considerable differences in their results at home and as a visitor.
Willem II :
The home team reaches this stage of the UEFA Europa League (3rd Qualifying Round) after a win away (0‑5) against Progrès Niederkorn. This is a stronger team with the support of its fans, since in the last 30 games it has recorded 6 wins, 2 draws and 7 losses as a visitor; against 9 wins, 5 draws and 1 loss in his stadium. In their last match, for the Eredivisie, they beat Heracles at home by (4‑0). In their last 10 home games, Willem II has 5 wins, 4 draws and 1 loss. Their defense has not been very strong, as they have suffered goals in 8 of the last 10 matches, but their offense has scored regularly, as they have scored goals in 7 of the last 10 matches.
Willem II Tilburg comes into this match with a 4-0 victory over Heracles Almelo, in a match that counts for the Dutch Championship. It should be noted that the Dutch reach this stage of the Europa League after beating Progrès in the previous round. In this game against Rangers, Commander Adrie Koster must privilege the defensive organization and the counterattacks of the running backs. Forward Pavlidis is the highlight of the home team, and this player is very competent in the definition. Out of this game are Owusu and Wriedt, both with physical problems.
The away team reaches this stage of the UEFA Europa League (3rd Qualifying Round) after a win away (0‑5) against Lincoln Red Imps. This is a team that presents similar results at home and away, so it is not usually affected by the home factor, since in the last 30 games it has recorded 8 wins, 3 draws and 4 losses as a visitor; against 12 wins, 1 draw and 2 losses in his stadium. In their last match, for the Premiership, they got an away draw with Hibernian by (2‑2). In their last 10 away matches, Rangers have 6 wins, 2 draws and 2 losses. Their defense has been very strong, having only conceded goals in 2 of the last 10 matches, and their offense has scored regularly, as they have scored goals in 8 of the last 10 matches.
Rangers arrive for this match after a 2-2 draw, against Hibernian, in a match that counts for the Scottish Championship: the team’s goals were signed by Morelos and Arfield. In the previous round of the Europa League, the Scots beat Lincoln 0-5. In this game against Willem II, coach Steven Gerrard will have to play 4-3-3, giving priority to maintaining possession of the ball and positional attacks: Steven Davis will be the team leader, being responsible for organizing and creating the offensive process. Unavailable due to injury: Aribo, Ryan Jack, Blaogun and Katic.