Rangers play one of their most important games of the month this weekend as they lock horns with Malmo FF in a UEFA Champions League qualifier on Tuesday. Both teams can pack a punch on the day and have a point to prove in this match.
Both teams will face the full-throated roar of the notorious home support, as the Glasgow giants have been given the go-ahead for a full-capacity fixture.
Malmo FF have been a formidable force in the Allsvenskan and are in contention to win the league title this year. The Swedish giants have been in impressive form and will need to step up this week.
Rangers, on the other hand, suffered a stunning defeat against Dundee United over the weekend and will want to bounce back in this match. The Scottish giants have dominated the league under Steven Gerrard and will want to prove their mettle in the UEFA Champions League.
Rangers vs Malmo FF predictions:
- Rangers have won 26 of their last 29 home games in all competitions stretching back to the start of last season.
- Rangers have seven wins in 10 home matches.
- Rangers have five clean sheets in 10 home matches.
- Rangers have failed to score in one of the last 12 competitive matches.
- Malmo have scored in nine of their last 10 matches.
- Malmo could only manage draws away to Riga (1-1) and HJK (2-2) in the previous qualifying rounds.
Malmo FF have a good record against Rangers and have won two out of three matches played between the two teams. Rangers have never defeated Malmo in an official game and will look to create history this week.
The previous meeting between the two teams took place in the first leg last week and ended in a 2-1 victory for Malmo FF. Rangers were not at their best on the day and will need to take it up a notch in this match.
Rangers have won 26 of their last 29 starts at Ibrox stretching back to the start of last season and they won four and drew one of their six UEFA Europa League home matches last term, including victories over the likes of Galatasaray (2-1) and Antwerp (5-2).
On home soil, we fancy Gers to be too strong for the Swedes this week and they should be fired up following their recent set-backs.
Our prediction: Rangers win @ 1.56