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Bayer 04 Leverkusen will start again on Thursday evening – or rather: continue. The Bundesliga has been over for a few weeks now, and the final phase of the Europa League is beginning. In the second leg of the round of 16, the Werkself receive the Glasgow Rangers – and despite a long break, they go into the game as favorites, as the best bookmakers’ odds show before the Leverkusen game against Glasgow Rangers.
The reason for this is clear: Leverkusen won the first leg 3-1 in early March in Ibrox Park. The progress of the Bundesliga club is actually only a mandatory task. If there wasn’t the uncertainty as to whether the long interruption.
But the first leg victory is so comfortable that the Rangers have to win with three goals to make it through. Between Bayer Leverkusen and Glasgow Rangers, a forecast for the Scots is not so far off the mark, alone, but it shouldn’t be enough to jump into the next round.
Bayer’s last competitive game dates from July 4th when they lost the cup final against Bayern Munich 2: 4. So the last game was a month ago, after that the Bayer pros had a good three weeks vacation.
The Werkself only started training again on July 30. The Leverkusen team did not play a friendly game as a tough test before the Europa League duel with the Rangers, only Peter Bosz’s team had internal games.
As a result, Bayer is completely lacking the competition mode. Without any rhythm of the game, it is difficult to assess the performance of the Rhinelands against the Scots before the round of 16. That is also why, in our opinion, the odds on the home win in the three-way match before the Leverkusen game against Glasgow Rangers are quite low – because no one really knows how Bayer will perform – even the Leverkusen team themselves do not know that.
Bayer therefore has no competition practice – to make matters worse, Leverkusen also has to do without four important players: attacking player Paulinho suffered a cruciate ligament rupture, while midfielder Kerem Demirbay and right-back Mitchell Weiser each received their third yellow card in the 3-1 first-leg victory at Rangers and are therefore blocked for the return leg in the BayArena.
Nadiem Amiri will not be there either: The international has been put in quarantine as a precaution because, as the club said, he was exposed to “corona contact in a private environment”. Although the test did not produce any positive results, Leverkusen did not want to take any risks, so Amiri was not allowed to train with the team.
So while Leverkusen had a month off, it lasted much longer for opponents Glasgow Rangers. The Scottish league – unlike the Bundesliga – ended prematurely due to the pandemic in March.
In the past few weeks, season preparation for the new season in Scotland, which started at the weekend, has been in full swing. The Rangers have played various friendly games in preparation for the new season in the last few weeks.
Impressive: All four friendly games won the Rangers to zero. First the two French top teams Olympique Lyon and OGC Nice were defeated 2-0, then there was a 4-0 against Scottish competitor Motherwell before the last test against England’s third division Coventry City was also a 2-0 success.
The dress rehearsal before the duel against Leverkusen was also successful, the Rangers also won the first competitive game without conceding a goal in March. On Matchday 1 in Scotland’s Premiership, there was a 1-0 win against Aberdeen FC on Saturday.
Bayer Leverkusen should therefore be warned, because the Rangers are in really good shape despite an eternally long break before the second leg in the round of 16 of the Europa League.
Bayer Leverkusen vs Rangers head to head matches
12.03.20 EL Rangers Bayer Leverkusen 1 : 3
13.07.11 CF Bayer Leverkusen Rangers 2 : 0
05.11.98 EL Rangers Bayer Leverkusen 1 : 1
22.10.98 EL Bayer Leverkusen Rangers 1 : 2