Rangers vs Villarreal – Goals on the menu in open contest

Alfredo Morelos tipped to get on the score sheet
Rangers vs Villarreal Match Preview, Predictions & Betting Tips
Rangers and Villarreal expected serve up goals (Getty Images)

Rangers vs Villarreal Match Preview, Predictions & Betting Tips

Goals are expected as Rangers host Villarreal at Ibrox in a Group G clash in the UEFA Europa League. With both teams favouring an open and attacking style of play, a stake on over 2.5 goals is likely with Alfredo Morelos tipped to score first.

Rangers FC Form & Team News

After a shaky start to the season, Rangers appear to be returning to their best form as they are up to second in the Scottish Premier League table, two points behind champions Celtic. The Teddy Bears are also playing a more entertaining brand of football under manager Steven Gerrard and scoring goals for fun lately.

The Scottish giants are third in their Europa League group, having suffered a 4-3 defeat away at Spartak Moscow in their previous match. They will however go into Thursday’s clash off the back of two straight wins in the SPL, including a 3-0 victory over Livingston last Saturday.

Alfredo Morelos is the man in form for Rangers at the moment having scored six goals in his last eight matches. The Colombian has also scored the first goal in three Europa League matches this season and is expected to lead the line on Thursday alongside Daniel Candeias and Glenn Middleton.

Steven Gerrard has got Rangers playing well and scoring goals (Getty Images)

Villarreal CF Form & Team News 

The Yellow Submarine have endured a challenging season so far as they are currently down in the bottom half of the La Liga table. Despite all their problems, the Spaniards are still top of their group in the Europa League and can secure a place in the next phase of the competition with a win on Thursday.

Javi Calleja's team were held to a goalless draw away at Rapid Wien last time out. Villareal travel to Ibrox in confident mood having ended a run of five matches without a win with a 2-1 victory over Real Betis last Saturday.

Nigerian youngster Samuel Chukwueze got the second goal in the win over Betis and could retain his place in the team. The 19-year-old has scored three goals in his last six matches for Villareal and is in contention to partner Gerard Moreno in attack.

Rangers vs Villarreal Head-to-Head 

There have been three previous matches involving Rangers and Villarreal, all of which have ended in draws. The most recent clash between both teams was the reverse fixture back in September which finished 2-2.

Rangers vs Villarreal Match Up 

Rangers have been great going forward lately with 15 goals in their last four matches. Morelos has been central to the recent splurge of goals and should prove a handful to the Villarreal defence alongside the likes of Candeias and Middleton

Villarreal also have some quality in attack, particularly with Moreno and Chukwueze. Both men possess pace and movement which should trouble the home team’s backline.

Rangers striker Alfredo Morelos has scored the first goal in three Europa League matches this season (Getty Images)

Rangers vs Villarreal Key Statistics

  • Rangers have seen Over 2.5 goals in 6 of their last 10 matches (All Competitions).
  • Rangers' Alfredo Morelos has scored 6 goals in his last 8 matches (All Competitions).
  • Villarreal have seen Over 2.5 goals in 5 of their last 7 matches (All Competitions).
  • Villarreal have seen Over 2.5 goals in 3 of their last 4 away matches (Europa League).

Rangers vs Villarreal Verdict

Rangers and Villarreal often favour an open and expansive style of play that usually brings goals. Thursday's clash is poised to follow a similar pattern with Alfredo Morelos expected to get on the score sheet.

Best Bet: Over 2.5 goals @ 1.68 – 5 Units
First Goalscorer Tip: Alfredo Morelos @ 7.50 – 2 Units

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