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Rangers vs Slavia Prague: Predictions
Steven Gerrard’s side have confirmed for the title as Scottish champions the other week and can now put their sole focus on the Europa League clash against Slavia Prague after ending the first-leg with the away goal advantage in their 1-1 draw. Gerrard’s men were gifted a weekend off so will go into the game on Thursday night with a set of fresh legs and sights on a place in the final eight.
The Gers came from behind to earn their draw away in Prague, but it was the late heroics from their goalkeeper, Allan McGregor, which meant they didn’t travel back to Scotland trailing after the 39-year-old pulled off a stunning save to keep the score at 1-1 in the dying minutes of the game.
Slavia Prague continued their unbeaten run in the league on the weekend with a comfortable 3-0 win over Mlada Boleslav which maintained their 14 point lead at the top of the Czech First League.
Slavia Prague started the season on the Champions League qualifying route but were knocked out by Danish side Midtjylland. They finished second in their group to Roma having lost two of their group stage games, but heroically knocked out Premier League side Leicester in the Round of 32. Prague went into the second-leg against the Foxes 0-0 on aggregate and beat them 2-0 at the King Power Stadium to secure their last in the final 16 of the competition.
Rangers vs Slavia Prague: Match Stats
Rangers have won each of their three home games in Czech opposition in European competitions and Gerrard will be hoping he can rely on his star striker, Alfredo Morelos, to provide the difference on Thursday night. The Colombian has netted three times in the Europa League and 10 times in the Scottish Premiership this season and will be looking to replicate his display shown at Ibrox against Royal Antwerp in their last home game in the competition.
Rangers have not lost a home game this season across their Scottish Premiership and Europa League games. The Gers put a tricky Royal Antwerp side to the sword in an emphatic 5-2 win against the Belgian side who had already beaten Tottenham Hotspur this season.
11 March 2021 – Slavia Prague 1-1 Rangers – Europa League
The game last week was the first time the two sides had met in their history and it was certainly a tight affair. Aforementioned, McGregor’s stunning save in the dying stages of the game prevented the home side from taking a lead over to Ibrox. However, Gerrard will fancy their chances at home and with a set of fresh legs.