2020-21 UEFA Europa League Group Stage: Standard Liege vs Rangers

Standard Liege welcome Rangers to Stade Maurice Dufrasne, Liege, in their opening Group D tie of this season’s Europa League Group Stage. 

This group also contains Benfica and Lech Poznan and with the former amongst favourites to progress, this match is an early opportunity for Standard and Rangers to stake their claims for the second qualification spot in the knockout stages.

 

Team News

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Liege will be without Nicolas Raskin, Michelangelo Balikwisha and Moussa Sissako after the trio tested positive for Coronavirus with Damjan Pavlovic and Abdoul Fessal awaiting new tests after spending Monday evening with Sissako and are also currently in self-isolation.

Joachim Carcela-Gonzalez is still ruled out with an unspecified injury.

Rangers continue to be without Kemar Roofe and Nikola Katic due to respective calf and knee injuries.

 

Stat Attack

  • Liege have lost just one of two previous meetings against Rangers, which came in a two legged Quarter-Final tie in 1961-62 European Cup (W1, L1).
  • Rangers lost their only previous visit to Liege by a 4-1 result in February 1962.
  • James Tavernier has scored in all three of Rangers’ Europa League games so far this season.

 

Prediction

Standard Liege comes into match in good form with just one defeat in all competitions this season with a team that likes to commit forward in numbers and fast pace, which is something that Rangers need to be wary of in terms of defending when out of possession.

Liege however were horribly exposed centrally by Fehervar in their last Europa Qualifying match early on, offering Rangers some hope if they can continue their strong unbeaten start to the season in all competitions as the Gers come into this match off the back of a confident away win over Celtic in the Old Firm Derby.

Fans should definitely expect a fast and furious clash between two strong teams but if Rangers can quickly establish a foothold and dictate the pace then I can’t see them not winning this if they are clinical with their opportunities.

Prediction: Standard Liege 1-2 Rangers

Result: Standard Liege 0-2 Rangers

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