Rangers vs Maribor

The Europa League battle continues at Ibrox when Rangers host NK Maribor in a highly exciting match between two teams on fantastic runs. Steven Gerrard had to settle for a 1-1 draw away against Aberdeen in the latest fixture when the Premiership in Scotland kicked off last weekend.

Prior to that, Rangers have already been active in Europa League qualifiers and dealt with two Balkan teams in Shkupi from Macedonia and Osijek from Croatia. Throughout the qualifiers, Rangers have remained unbeaten despite not being dominant.

  • "They are a Champions League level team and I am aware of their record", says Rangers coach Steven Gerrard about their opponents from Slovenia.

The Scottish side only managed 2 shots in Croatia and survived a scare away against Shkupi. Yet, the intensity and expertise that Steven Gerrard has brought as a coach for this group have played its part. At Ibrox Stadium the Rangers typically plays with confidence and intensity in front of a loud crowd. It goes without saying that this will be their toughest test so far.

The Slovenian side is on an unbeaten run of 15 matches, whereof 13 are clean sheets. This includes pre-season friendlies, domestic matches, and European qualifiers. In other words, it is a very comfortable side who are traveling to Scotland to face their biggest task this season.

The Slovenians started by eliminating Partizani from Albania, followed by Chikhura from Georgia. In fact, Maribor has a convincing record against teams from Scotland, having beaten Hibernians in 2010, Rangers in 2011, Celtic in 2014 and lastly Aberdeen in 2016. The story continues into 2018 when Rangers are the opponents again.

  • Maribor have kept a clean sheet in their last 5 matches in the UEFA Europa League.

Coach Darko Milanic has been the manager in Maribor for over 360 matches and is a veteran in these circumstances. Striker Luka Zahovic continues to increase his value after scoring against Chikhura. He is sided by 34-year-old Marcos Tavares who has been a consistent performer in Maribor.

Both key strikers were rested on Sunday when Maribor faced Aluminij in the domestic championship. Also, right back Aleks Philer and central defender Marko Suler were rested in order to be prepared for the clash in Scotland.

It is a squad with international experience and young prospects in their development prime. The combination has been incredibly difficult to stop for any team. Right back Martin Milec (3/0) is out for the visitors.

The difference between these two sides is not enormous. To me, this is a clear fifty-fifty match at Ibrox, but with the Slovenians being more technically gifted individuals. That being said, all the value is on Maribor who are able to match Rangers in defensive and offensive aspects and will certainly look for an away goal or two. Draw no bet on Maribor is the prediction.

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Rangers vs Maribor prediction

Maribor Draw no Bet @ 3.25 with Pinnacle

Result: 3-1 (lost)
 * Odds as of post published time and are subject to change.
+48 -29

7 Comments

  1. Noriega says:

    Good prewiew, also Denis Klinar signed to maribor on Fridayy (as Milec injury IS complicated that thay Suspected) and already made An assist on Sundays 5:2 away Victory against Aluminij. Tavares and Zahovič Will probably start the match, but player to watch IS Jasmin Mešanonovic,he IS in great form he scored hattrick on Sunday, he also assisted Tavares for late goal against CHIKURA.With strong midfiled and very experienced defense yes x2 as you said.

  2. Nikolay says:

    Sweem excuse me but no way.Rangers costs nearly 3 times more than Maribor.Maribor is a low budged team.Anything different from home victory will be huge surprise in my eyes.

  3. Tilen says:

    Nikolay you seem to know nothing about Maribor :). They wont lose this match. Not because I am from MAribor and Im being a fan but because, Rangers arent great in attack, their defence is very solid but so is Maribors defence and strong midfield not to mention very good attacking options. And Maribor isnt a low budget team. this has a draw written all over it since Rangers wont win.

  4. iLuchin says:

    im agree with maribor dnb, but honestly rangers is going up i like how it play, theyre like sudamericans.. so just for this, it has a great value to bet for GG

  5. Skippo says:

    Welldone guys for the Analysies, i wanted to avoid Betting this game, but in all i think this game gonna be DRAW, 1-1, 0-0. Possible Under 2.5. But i avoid this game for sure. Anything can happen here.

  6. Noriega says:

    @Nikolay in 2011 they costed 100 Times more than Maribor but Maribor eliminated them…and also celtic…and hibernian too… They like to play against scotish teams… So money aint always the main thing in this game…

  7. Yamidee says:

    I will avoid this game since this one can go in either direction. Maribor has slowly started in Europa league but for sure they will step up and they are matured ennough to handle such a game. To compare the value of the teams and make prediction based on €€ is nonsence and if only betting would be that simple
    :)

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