RB Leipzig vs Rangers: TV channel, live stream, team news & preview
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The two sides are in contention to win a pair of trophies this season and are looking for a strong performance in the first leg
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RB Leipzig host Rangers in the first leg of their Europa League semi-final tie on Thursday.

The German side are looking to recover from their disappointing defeat at home to Union Berlin at the weekend, while the visitors are on a four-game winning run ahead of the trip to Leipzig.

Ahead of the game, GOAL brings you everything you need to know, including how to watch, team news, odds and more.

Game

RB Leipzig vs Rangers

Date

April 28

Kick-off time

8pm BST

RB Leipzig vs Rangers TV channel, live stream & how to watch

BT Sport 2 is showing RB Leipzig vs Rangers live on TV in the United Kingdom (UK) and the game can also be streamed live online using BT Sport App.

UK TV channel

UK online stream

BT Sport 2

BT Sport App

Betting odds & tips

RB Leipzig is favourite to beat Rangers at 5/12 with Sportsbet.io. At 13/2 to win, Rangers are the underdogs.

Christopher Nkunku is 10/3 to be first goalscorer, while Andre Silva is rated 7/2.

RB Leipzig have scored in each of their last seven games, while Rangers are on a good run themselves, so backing both teams to score at 24/25 may be worth a go.

RB Leipzig team news & squad

Position

Players

Goalkeepers

Gulacsi, Martinez, Tschauner, Eutinger

Defenders

Gvardiol, Klostermann, Simakan, Orban, Halstenberg, Mukiele, Henrichs, Bonnah

Midfielders

Adams, Laimer, Haidara, Kampl, Raebiger, Klefisch, Angelino, Nkunku, Olmo

Forwards

Szoboszlai, Forsberg, Novoa, Silva, Poulsen

Willi Orban, Kevin Jampl and Mohamed Simakan are all suspended for the home team.

Predicted RB Leipzig starting XI: Gulacsi, Halstenberg, Klostermann, Gvardiol, Mukiele, Laimer, Adams, Angelino, Nkunku, Forsberg, Poulsen

Rangers team news & squad

Position

Players

Goalkeepers

McGregor, McCrorie, McLaughlin

Defenders

Goldson, Sands, Helander, Simpson, Balogun, Barisic, Bassey, Travernier, Zukowski

Midfielders

Aribo, Kamara, Lundstram, Ramsey, Jack, Arfield, Davis, Ofoborh, Hagi

Forwards

Kent, Wright, Diallo, Morelos, Roofe, Sakala, Itten

Rangers are set to be without several players for this game, with Kemar Roofe, Ianis Hagi, Filip Helander and Alfredo Morelos all missing.

Predicted Rangers starting XI: McGregor, Tavernier, Goldson, Balogun, Bassey, Kamara, Lundstram, Jack, Ayodele-Aribo, Sakala, Kent

Recent results & form

RB Leipzig last five results

Rangers last five results

RB Leipzig 1-2 Union Berlin (April 23)

Motherwell 1-3 Rangers (April 23)

RB Leipzig 2-1 Union Berlin (April 20)

Celtic 1-2 Rangers (April 17)

Bayer Leverkusen 0-1 RB Leipzig (April 17)

Rangers 3-1 Braga (April 14)

Atalanta 0-2 RB Leipzig (April 14)

St Mirren 0-4 Rangers (April 10)

RB Leipzig 3-0 Hoffenheim (April 10)

Braga 1-0 Rangers (April 7)

Rangers still have a slight chance of winning the domestic title as they sit six points behind Celtic, though it is very unlikely at this stage.

They could still win the double, however, as they are through to the Scottish Cup final.

A positive result in Leipzig will be vital to keep that dream alive and they have momentum after winning four matches in a row.

However, RB Leipzig are looking strong despite their upset against Union Berlin at the weekend.

They, too, are chasing two trophies, having booked their place in the DFB-Pokal final recently.

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RB Leipzig

form

All
RBL 4 - 0 BOC
W
BMG 3 - 0 RBL
L
RMA 2 - 0 RBL
L
RBL 3 - 0 BVB
W
RBL 1 - 4 SHK
L
SGE 4 - 0 RBL
L
TEU 0 - 8 RBL
W
RBL 2 - 0 WOB
W
FCU 2 - 1 RBL
L
RBL 2 - 2 KOE
D
Rangers

form

All
HEA 0 - 4 RAN
W
RAN 2 - 1 DUU
W
RAN 0 - 3 NAP
L
AJX 4 - 0 RAN
L
CEL 4 - 0 RAN
L
RAN 3 - 1 QOS
W
RAN 4 - 0 ROS
W
PSV 0 - 1 RAN
W
HIB 2 - 2 RAN
D
RAN 2 - 2 PSV
D
Head to Head
3 Matches (0 Draws)
2 Total wins 1
2 Home wins 1
0 Away wins 0
Last 5 Matches
2 Wins
0 Draw
1 Wins
RAN 3 - 1 RBL
RBL 1 - 0 RAN
RBL 4 - 0 RAN
6 Goals Scored 3
Games Over 2.5 Goals 2 / 3
Both Teams Scored 1 / 3
Team Comparison
  • Attack
  • Defence
  • Distribution
  • Discipline
Player Comparison

Match Facts

  1. RB Leipzig and Rangers will face off for the first time in Europe. The last time the very first meeting between two sides in European competition came at the semi-final stage or later of a major competition was in 2019-20 – RB Leipzig vs Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League (SF) and Sevilla vs Inter in the Europa League (F).
  2. Rangers have won just two of their last 24 matches in European competition away to German opposition (D9 L13), although one of those wins came at their last such attempt, defeating Borussia Dortmund in the play-offs in February.
  3. RB Leipzig have reached their second major European semi-final within their first five seasons in European competition, having also reached this stage of the UEFA Champions League in 2019-20.
  4. Rangers have reached the semi-final stage of a major European competition for the seventh time overall and for the first time since 2007-08, when they finished as runners-up to Zenit St Petersburg in the UEFA Cup. Rangers have now equalled Celtic (7) for the most semi-finals contested in major European competition among Scottish clubs.
  5. RB Leipzig’s participation in this tie means that at least one team that has dropped down from the Champions League has reached the semi-finals of the Europa League in each season since 2015-16, though no such side has gone on to win the competition in any of the last three campaigns, with Atlético de Madrid the last to do so in 2017-18.
  6. Rangers have lost their last two away matches in Europe – against Crvena Zvezda in the Last 16 and Sporting Braga in the quarter-final. The Gers haven’t lost three consecutive away matches in European competition in a single season since 2000-01, with the third game in that run coming against German opposition in Kaiserslautern.
  7. RB Leipzig’s Christopher Nkunku has won a penalty in each of his last three Europa League matches – despite not playing until the knockout phase this season, the Frenchman has won more penalties than any other player in the competition this campaign (3).
  8. Rangers full-back James Tavernier has scored six goals in the UEFA Europa League this season – excluding qualifiers, this is the joint-most goals in a single season in Europe by a Rangers player, along with Alfredo Morelos (2019-20) and James Forrest (1964-65).
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