RB Leipzig and the Rangers will face off in the Europa League semi-final first leg on Thursday night, taking the next step towards their goal of winning the Europa League. Rangers have miraculously qualified for the Europa League and will now play in their first European semi-final since the 2007/08 season against RB Leipzig. Rangers are three games away from securing European glory for the first time since 1972, but they must clear the hurdle of RB Leipzig early. However, booking a place in the Europa League is an absolute priority.
Still trailing city rivals Celtic in the standings despite former Mainz defender Leon Balogun’s red card in the first half. Rangers beat Motherwell 3-1. The game improves the chances of defending the Scottish Premiership title. While RB Leipzig is fourth in the Bundesliga table, the Rangers are second in the Soviet Premier League table after a recent loss to Celtic. RB Leipzig is fourth in the Bundesliga table with the first leg at the Red Bull Arena, where Rangers must give their all to secure a draw. Germany’s RB Leipzig would be a completely different offer, with which Rangers will have to contend.
The last time Rangers faced RB Leipzig was in a friendly five years ago, and the German side won comfortably 4-0. The big favourite in this deal is German mighty RB Leipzig, which is probably fair, but Scottish giants Rangers definitely won’t go down without a fight. Rangers will aim to reach the Europa League final for only the second time in the club’s history, while RB Leipzig’s German forces have never been this far in the Europa League before. We think German powerhouse RB Leipzig will win, but it won’t be as easy as some bookmakers’ odds suggest.
Leipzig striker Christopher Nkunku scored twice, and Leipzig was impressed in the second leg against Atalanta, extending their unbeaten streak in all competitions to 13 games and setting up their first-ever match against Rangers. Christopher Nkunku is one of the best players in Europe and scored two goals, overtaking Atalanta last time, while Rangers from Glasgow do not have influential attacking figures.
Having beat Braga after extra time before advancing to the Rangers semi-final, the Blues will be looking to do the same to ensure a solid finish before the Europa League returns to the semi-finals in Ibrox next week. Rangers called for extra-time but eventually eliminated Braga in a thrilling quarter-final at Ibrox to become the first Scottish club to reach a semi-final in the Europa League era.