Football Predictions

Rangers vs Young Boys preview, predictions & confirmed team news

By Ben Green

Published: 18:52, 12 December 2019

Rangers host Young Boys in the final Europa League matchweek of the group stages knowing a result will take them to the knockouts.

Steven Gerrard’s men are currently lording it up at the top of Group G, but second-placed Porto and third-placed Young Boys sit just a point below them.

A draw will be enough to see the Gers through to the round of 32, but maximum reward in Glasgow guarantees the Scottish club a first-placed finish.

Rangers’ only defeat in Europe this season has come at the hands of their visitors on Thursday, so this is a far from a straightforward task for the Ibrox club.

Read on for Rangers vs Young Boys preview, predictions, teams news, TV coverage information and more.

When is Rangers vs Young Boys and where can I watch live?

Competition: Europa League

Venue: Ibrox Stadium

Date: Thursday, 12 December 2019

Kick-off: 8:00 PM (UK time)

TV coverage (UK): BT Sport 3

Ones to watch

Rangers: Alfredo Morelos

The Colombian fired yet another blank in an Old Firm derby as Rangers fell to a 1-0 reversal at the hands of bitter adversaries Celtic in the Scottish League Cup final on Sunday but his presence will be indispensable on Thursday. Morelos is in red-hot form this term with 25 goals in 31 games and will need to put his shortcomings at Hampden Park to one side as this match could make or break Rangers’ season.

Key stat: Morelos has had a hand in 34 direct goal contributions in just 31 games across all competitions for Rangers this season.

Young Boys: Michel Aebischer

The 22-year-old is a near ever-present in the Young Boys starting XI and will be key for Gerardo Seoane on Thursday night. The recently-capped Switzerland international is at the heart of all operations for the Bern-based club and will look to unsettle the Rangers midfield. The likes of Glen Kamara and Ryan Jack will need to bring their A-game to stifle Aebischer’s creative exploits.

Key stat: Michel Aebischer has created more chances than any other Young Boys player in the Europa League this season (seven).

Team news

Rangers

Steven Davis missed Sunday’s match against Celtic with a knock and that has also ruled him out of tonight’s game. Gerrard has recalled Nikola Katic to the starting XI, while Morelos is joined by Scott Arfield and Ryan Kent in attack.

Confirmed XI: McGregor; Tavernier, Goldson, Katic, Barisic; Kamara, Jack, Aribo,; Arfield, Morelos, Kent.

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Young Boys

The Swiss club are without Mohamed Ali Camara, Sandro Lauper, Miralem Sulejmani, Vincent Sierro, Gianluca Gaudino and Fabian Lustenberger.

Confirmed XI: Von Ballmoos; Janko, Sorensen, Burgy, Garcia; Fassnacht, Aebischer, Pereira; Ngamaleu, Assale, Nsame.

Squawka prediction

Rangers completely dominated Celtic on Sunday and looked a real force going forward. The only blemish on an otherwise impressive performance was their finishing. If they can refine that flaw and replicate their authoritative display at Hampden Park then, with a raucous Ibrox crowd behind them, they should have enough in the tank to win this match and top the group.

Scoreline prediction: Rangers 2-0 Young Boys