UCL Union Saint-Gilloise VS Rangers FC– Match Prediction
Union Saint-Gilloise VS Rangers FC
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Rangers are eligible to participate in the Champions League play-off tomorrow, but they won’t get to join unless they defeat Union Saint-Gilloise. They will face the team in Belgium tomorrow that won the league portion of their tournament last season before falling short. Giovanni van Bronckhorst wants his team to achieve a victory, or at the very least one that offers them a good chance of returning to Ibrox. Fans of the Light Blues will also love traveling to Brussels.
Last season, they were led by Steven Gerrard and eliminated by Malmo at this level before enjoying that spectacular Europa League campaign that more than lessened the damage. However, enquire as to whether any club personnel would choose to advance to the group stage this time.
In light of Alfredo Morelos’ uncertain future, Kris Commons believes Ranger’s star Antonio Colak can influence the Champions League. It won’t be simple against a team that endured several domestic setbacks to qualify, notably maintaining an undefeated record against rival Anderlecht.
Bosnia and Herzegovina’s Irfan Peljto will oversee this one. His assistants will be fellow countrymen Davor Beljo and Senad Ibrisimbegovi, with Milo Gigovic serving as the fourth official. Marco Fritz, a German, is in charge of VAR at the moment.
The team has one of the best records in Belgian football history. The club was the most successful Belgian club before World War II. The squad enjoys widespread support from southern Brussels’ working-class neighborhoods and, more lately, from wealthy supporters and staff members of the European institutions, as well as from French- and Flemish-speaking free universities. Union returned to Belgian First Division A on March 13, 2021, after defeating their neighbourhood rivals R.W.D. Molenbeek.
Scottish football’s most successful team is Rangers. In addition to the domestic triple seven times, the club has also won the Scottish League title 55 times, the Scottish Cup 34 times, the Scottish League Cup 27 times, and the Scottish Cup a record 27 times, all of which are shared with rivals Celtic. After losing in the finals in 1961 (the first British club to reach a UEFA tournament final) and in 1967, Rangers won the European Cup Winners’ Cup in 1972. When the club made it to the 2008 UEFA Cup Final, they lost two other European finals, and the 2022 UEFA Europa League Final was their fourth runners-up finish in European competition.
On Tuesday in the Brussels borough of Forest, the first leg between the two teams will get underway. Surprisingly, USG placed second in the Belgium Pro League last year after being promoted to the top division in 2020–21.
Union has a chance to advance to the Champions’ League group stage this year as they compete in their second straight season in Belgium’s top division. To move to the Champions’ League group stage, USG will need to face Rangers, the runners-up in the Europa League from the previous season, over two legs.
Last season, Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s squad went on an incredible run to the Europa League final. Unfortunately for the Blues, Eintracht Frankfurt won the championship game on penalties.
After his first preseason working with the team, Van Bronckhorst will be optimistic that the Rangers will move to the Champions’ League group stage. After Steven Gerrard left for Aston Villa in November 2021, the Dutch manager only joined Rangers.
The first-ever meeting between Union and Rangers will take place on Tuesday. The domestic seasons of both teams have already begun, and both have some form to offer. Rangers are marginally behind USG in terms of domestic football. Union has played twice and earned four out of six points in the Pro League. Royale just defeated Sporting Charleroi by a score of 1-0.
For USG in the Pro League, Simon Adingra and Ross Sykes have handled the scoring. In their two games, Royale has scored twice and given up once. Rangers defeated Livingston 2-1 to begin their domestic season at the weekend. The Blues gave up a goal in the fifth minute but scored twice in the closing 18 minutes to win. Scott Arfield and James Tavernier scored the goals for the Rangers.
Ianis Hagis, a midfielder for Van Bronckhorst, is sidelined with a bad knee injury. Nnamdi Ofoborh, who is injured as well, might not participate. Kemar Roofe is uncertain about making the team because of a knock. Ben Davies, Ridvan Yilmaz, and Tom Lawrence, the three newcomers at Rangers, are all expected to make their first starts.
Ismael Kandouss and Koki Machida, two USG defenders, can be out due to injury. Due to a muscle ailment, forward Dennis Eckert Ayensa might be forced to sit out the contest.
To counter the Rangers’ 4-3-3 formation, Union will probably use a 3-5-2 system. Expect the Belgians to try to take advantage of playing the first leg at home.
Taking into account our analysis, Union will prevail.
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