Rangers vs MidtjyllandUEFA Europa League, KO: 19:45 Aug 15, 2019, Ibrox
RANGERS brought home the bacon from Denmark last Thursday night following a marvellous 4-2 win in the MCH Arena against Midtjylland.
A 13-minute goal blitz saw the Bears race into a three-goal lead only for the Danish side to hit back with a quickfire double before Scott Arfield grabbed a fourth away goal for the visitors.
It was a stunning result in Scandinavia and puts Steven Gerrard's side in the driving seat to seal a Europa League play-off spot and the bookmakers believe Rangers will do just that with a home win favoured here at 7/10 (Betway)
The Danes have it all to do on a night where they must win by at least two or score four to remain in the competition but that outcome is deemed unlikely at 4/1 (bet365) as is the draw which is priced at 3/1 (BetVictor)
What's more Midtjylland's mission has become even more difficult after red-hot Rangers hammered Hibernian 6-1 at Ibrox on Sunday.
The Scottish giants have been scoring freely since the start of June having fired in 35 goals in their 12 pre-season and competitive fixtures combined, not to mention the Gers have only been beaten once in their own backyard in 2019.
Therefore, turning this tie on its head will be a tall order for Kenneth Andersen's team but they won't be short of confidence after making a superb start to their Superliga campaign.
Midtjylland bounced back from last weeks defeat to Rangers with a 2-0 win over Horsens to maintain their almost perfect start to their domestic season – Andersen's men have won their opening five league fixtures and sit second in the table behind Copenhagen on goal difference.
Yes, the Danish outfit may not be scoring as freely as their Scottish opponents, but they will arrive in Glasgow boasting a remarkable record of netting in their last 27 competitive fixtures.
The Wolves will be on the goal hunt in Govan and I believe they can strike against a Rangers rearguard that has been breached four times in their last three outings.
However, shutting out Gerrard's Gers at a packed out Ibrox is another matter and doing so would require a herculean effort from a Midtjylland side who have only registered one clean sheet in their last 16 Europa League matches.
I successfully tipped both teams to score in last week's encounter and tipping a header to be scored also landed me a tidy profit and I think the latter could be worth revisiting in the return leg.
Rangers have scored a headed goal in their last three fixtures and Gerrard has stated carrying an aerial threat could prove to be an extra weapon in his side's armoury this season.
However, Midtjylland demonstrated their prowess from set-pieces and long throw-ins in last week's battle and they will almost certainty bombard the Bears penalty box again at every given opportunity.
Therefore, the 23/20 (William Hill) on offer for a header to be scored could be worth a wager.
Alfredo Morelsos was the man who scored with his head in Herning and despite Jermain Defoe's deadly hat-trick against Hibs I expect the much-maligned Colombian to be restored to the Rangers starting XI against Midtjylland.
The Gers hothead only featured in the last 15 minutes on Sunday but went on to make an immediate impact by scoring within a minute before adding a second towards the end of the game.
One would assume Morelos was rested with Midtjylland in mind and although it's unthinkable for Rangers not to progress due to being in such a commanding position I suspect the Danes could make this a difficult night for the Ibrox side.
This UEFA Europa League match between Rangers and Midtjylland will be played on Aug 15, 2019 and kick off at 19:45