Rangers vs BrondbyUEFA Europa League, KO: 20:00 Oct 21, 2021, Ibrox
RANGERS will aim to breathe some life into their flagging Europa League campaign when they face Brondby at Ibrox on Thursday night.
Steven Gerrard's side have yet to hit the heights of their performances from recent escapades in Europe's second tier event, opening with back-to-back defeats in Group A.
That means the Scottish champions have much work to do if they are to qualify for the round of 32 for the third successive season.
The Light Blues preparations for this make-or-break match-up were far from ideal, conceding a late leveller in a 1-1 draw at Ibrox against Hearts on Saturday.
Brondy, meanwhile, had to rely on two late goals to claim all three points against Danish Superliga basement-club Vejle BK on Saturday.
Niels Frederiksen's side arrive in Govan one place and one point above Rangers in the Group A standings, courtesy of a stalemate with Sparta Prague on matchday one.
Despite opening with a pair of pool defeats, Rangers head into this fixture as red-hot favourites at 11/21 with SBK.
Brondby, beaten 3-0 by Lyon last time out, are big outsiders at 29/5 (TBK) while the draw is an unfancied 33/10 (SBK) with the same bookmaker.
The aforementioned price about a home win looks too short given Rangers' stop-start season so far, but combining a Light Blues win and under five match goals looks like a nice way in at 4/5 with Bet 365.
Steven Gerrard has admitted Rangers are entering must-win territory on Thursday night, but Brondy are likely to prove a tough nut to crack.
The Danish guests have only lost one of their last eight road trips by more than a one-goal winning margin, while the Teddy Bears have yet to fully click into gear as an attacking unit this term.
What's more, neither of these two teams have managed to get on the scoresheet during this season's Europa League group-stage and that suggests we may be set for a low-scoring affair in Glasgow.
That said, Gerrard's Gers have the greater European experience and will be roared on by a raucous home crowd, both of which could give the Bears the edge over Brondy.
It's also worth noting that the above-mentioned combination has clicked in seven of Rangers' nine wins across all competitions this season and that only adds to the appeal of supporting the same formula at Ibrox on Thursday night.
I'll also dip into the player props market and take the 15/8 on offer with Bet Victor for James Tavernier to attempt at least one shot from outside the box.
This UEFA Europa League match between Rangers and Brondby will be played on Oct 21, 2021 and kick off at 20:00. Check below for our tipsters best Rangers vs Brondby prediction. You may also visit our dedicated betting previews section for the most up to date previews.