Rangers go into this fixture coming off the back of a 1-1 Europa League drawn game against Slavia Prague.
In that match, Rangers had 41% possession and 6 shots at goal with 2 of them on target. The only player on the scoresheet for Rangers was Filip Helander (36'). Slavia Praha got 12 shots at goal with 3 on target.
Rangers have been unlocking defences at will in recent times, lashing 18 goals past the opposition during the course of their last six fixtures. In those meetings, The Gers have also seen the aggregate sum of goals scored against them total 7. Such a pattern might not follow through here, though.
Slavia Prague will come into the match after a 0-3 First League win with the defeat of Mladá Boleslav in their most recent game.
In their last 6 outings, Slavia Prague have helped themselves to a tally of 12 goals. Červenobílí have also scored on each one of those occasions. In that time, they have had 5 goals go against them.
Team News: Rangers
It’s a low absenteeism rate, with just one fitness concern for the Rangers gaffer Steven Gerrard to contend with from a near full-strength squad. Nikola Katic (Unknown Injury) is out of contention.
Team News: Slavia Prague
Slavia manager Jindřich Trpišovský has to contend with a number of unavailable players. David Hovorka (Cruciate Ligament Surgery), Premysl Kovar (Ankle Injury), Jan Stejskal (Muscle Injury), Ibrahim Traoré (Muscle Injury) and Petr Sevcik (Torn Ligament) won’t be making appearances. The players who will not be able to play in this game through being suspended are Mick van Buren, Michal Beran, Yusuf, David Zima and Taras Kacharaba.
My assessment here is that Slavia Prague may find it difficult to be putting a goal past this Rangers lineup who will likely score at least once to put them ahead.
Villarreal, buoyed by their previous result, will be hoping for more of the same after a 1-3 La Liga triumph versus Eibar.
In that game, Villarreal managed 41% possession and 13 shots on goal with 8 of them on target. Eibar had 16 shots at goal with 7 on target.
It’s been a rare occasion in recent games where Villarreal have managed to hold out for a full 90 minutes. It will be a concern for them that El Submarino Amarillo have seen their defence breached in 5 of their previous 6 clashes, giving up 7 goals during that time.
Dynamo Kyiv will go into the encounter following a 0-2 Premier League win over Zorya Luhansk in their last match.
A run of reliable performances by the Dynamo Kyiv defenders has seen the number of goals they’ve conceded amounting to 4 from their past 6 clashes in total. Over that same period, the number of goals that they have scored themselves amounts to 11.
Team News: Villarreal
Pau Torres (Muscle Injury), Alberto Moreno (Cruciate Ligament Rupture) and Vicente Iborra (Cruciate Ligament Rupture) will be missing for Villarreal boss Unai Emery.
Team News: Dynamo Kyiv
Dy. Kyiv manager Mircea Lucescu has multiple availability issues to deal with. Mykyta Burda (Achilles tendon surgery), Benjamin Verbic (Knee Injury), Ruslan Neshcheret (Shoulder Injury), Volodymyr Kostevych (Cruciate Ligament Rupture) and Tudor Baluta (Metatarsal bone bruise) will miss out on this game.
Villarreal will probably get the win and a possible clean sheet when they play Dynamo Kyiv, who may well find it hard getting goals.
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