Young Boys vs RangersUEFA Europa League, KO: 17:55 Oct 3, 2019, Stade de Suisse Wankdorf
RANGERS have bounced back superbly from the bitter pain of Old Firm defeat, winning five games on the spin to show their character.
Steven Gerrard's men were superb that night and would have won far more comfortably had it not been for some poor finishing, most notably James Tavernier's missed penalty.
Few people gave Rangers much hope of progressing from a group that also contained Porto and Young Boys, two sides who graced the Champions League last season.
But the win over Feyenoord, and more importantly the comprehensive manner of it, has raised hopes that Gerrard's men can progress from this daunting section.
And if they can win in Switzerland against a Young Boys side who lost their opener in Oporto then Rangers would most definitely be in the driving seat.
That will be no easy task, however, with the Swiss champions boasting an impressive home record. They lost just one domestic game at the Stade de Suisse Wankdorf last season and haye yet to taste defeat there this season.
Former Rangers defender Philippe Senderos, now playing back in his native Switzerland, claims the plastic pitch at their stadium is a big factor in that impressive record.
Jose Mourinho and Harry Redknapp both hit out at the artificial surface when their Manchester United and Spurs sides played there but I'm not sure if it will be such a big factor when Gers come calling.
The Special One and the King of the Jungle never had to ask their sides to play on the rutted carpets that pass for pitches at Kilmarnock, Hamilton and Livingston, as Gerrard regularly has to.
So it will be less of a culture shock for Rangers, with the trip coming just a week after they ground out a battling 1-0 win over Livingston on the plastic at the Tony Macaroni in the Betfred Cup.
Young Boys' home record in Europe also isn't all that impressive, with Red Star Belgrade claiming a 2-2 draw there as they knocked the Swiss side out of the Champions League qualifiers on away goals.
Dinamo Zagreb also claimed a 1-1 draw in Bern in last year's Champions League play-off and it was a 2-1 win on the road that took Young Boys through to the group stage.
Their form at home in the group was also mixed, losing 3-0 to Manchester United then drawing 1-1 with Valencia before defeating Juventus 2-1 in what was effectively a dead rubber.
So while Young Boys are 19/20 favourites with most firms, I wouldn't rule out Rangers taking something in Bern, especially with the home side depleted by injuries to key players.
Eight players were missing at the weekend – Vincent Sierro, Roger Assale, Moumi Ngamaleu, Mohamed Ali Camara, Sandro Lauper, Christopher Martins, Marvin Spielmann and Miralem Sulejmani – with none of them expected to recover in time to face Gers.
However, Young Boys still managed to beat Sion 3-2 at home and boss Gerardo Seoane believes his patched-up team can deliver once more against the Ibrox side.
I have my doubts, though, so it could pay to back Rangers at a tempting 3/1 with Bet365. But Gerrard's defence still doesn't convince me against quality opposition so it might be better to back Gers in the double chance market at 20/21, which pays out on a draw as well. The draw on it own pays 141/50 at Marathonbet.
I can also see there being a few goals in this one as Gerrard's side were a threat on the road in last season's group stage. They netted three times in Moscow, albeit in a 4-3 defeat to Spartak, and drew 2-2 in Villarreal with the only blank coming in a 1-0 defeat by Rapid Vienna.
Alfredo Morelos turned in arguably his finest Rangers performance in the win over Feyenoord and was a constant menace. He made it 13 goals for the season by netting in the 5-0 weekend win over Aberdeen so looks great value for anytime scorer here at 2/1 with 888 Sport.
After copping five red cards last season, the Colombian has cleaned up his act in this campaign and has yet to be ordered off. But all three of his bookings have come in European games so it could pay to back him for another card here. I've only seen odds on a handful of Rangers players to be carded, with Morelos not one of them, but will post an update when they arrive.
For Young Boys, I like the look of Cameroon striker Jean-Pierre Nsame, who netted his ninth of the season in the weekend win over Sion. Nsame is 7/4 with Bet365 to net at any time and that looks decent value.
This UEFA Europa League match between Young Boys and Rangers will be played on Oct 3, 2019 and kick off at 17:55