Rangers vs Malmo Prediction: Champions League Third Qualifying Round on 10.08.2021
It has been a disappointing week or so for Steven Gerrard and his Rangers side, but there will still be hope that they can reach the next round of the Champions League. However, Malmo will have a lead to defend at Ibrox on Tuesday.
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Rangers came into this third qualifying round tie as the clear favourites to progress through to the next round. However, they will need to overcome the defeat that they suffered in the opening leg at Ibrox on Tuesday evening. The Gers were very disappointing on the road in Sweden against Malmo last Tuesday, as they suffered a 2-1 defeat. However, they were handed a lifeline in the final minute of injury time, as Ryan Kent set up Steven Davis to pull a goal back. The Davis goal could have been the pivotal moment in this tie, as a 2-0 disadvantage would have been extremely hard to recover from. Malmo took a stranglehold on the game with two goals in the opening five minutes of the second half. Soren Rieks opened the scoring for the Swedes, before Veljko Bimancevic doubled the advantage just two minutes later.
Gerrard’s mood would have hardly improved on the second week of fixtures in the SPL on Saturday, as Gers were beaten 1-0 on the road by Dundee United. Rangers didn’t lose a league fixture until towards the end of last season, but it’s likely that the focus could have been more on their second leg this week. Malmo remained top of their domestic league after drawing 0-0 on the road against Halmsted on Saturday. That draw means that the Swedish giants have been able to stretch their unbeaten run in all competitions to nine games.
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Rangers have an injury concern ahead of the second leg, as Ryan Jack is a doubt for the game at Ibrox. Malmo also have a few injury problems ahead of the second match between the sides, as Ola Toivonen and Jonas Knudsen remain on the sidelines.
Rangers vs Malmo Prediction
Rangers need to win the second leg to stand any chance of making it through to the next round. They haven’t yet reached their peak performance levels, and that would be a concern for Gerrard. However, with home support behind them, we fully expect them to make it through to the next round of the competition.
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