Our prediction for this Champions League match:
A place in the Champions League playoffs will be at stake when Royale Union SG and Rangers face each other in a highly-anticipated double-header. Royale Union were more than unfortunate not to win the Jupiler League trophy last term, but second spot in the standings helped them book their spot in the Champions League qualifiers. Key attacker and top scorer Deniz Undav is no longer part of the team, while defender Koki Machida remains in the recovery room.
The Gers, on the other hand, are on a quest to regain the domestic trophy, but they have big ambitions for the 2022/2023 Champions League campaign as well. Since Royale Union SG are tough to beat at home, we predict that the two teams are going to share the spoils in the first leg. Canada midfielder Scott Arfield, who found the net in a 2-1 win over Livingston, should be recalled to the starting XI, while there are no fresh injury worries in the Scottish outfit.
Highlighted Player (Scott Arfield):
Despite being born in Dechmont, Scotland, Scott Arfield represents Canada on the international stage. Arfield, though, played for Scotland U19 and U21 teams in the past and he made one appearance for Scotland B as well. Scott’s father, though, was born in Toronto, Canada and that is the main reason why he decided to play for the Canada national football team.
The Burnley midfielder made his Canada debut on March 25, 2016 in a 3-0 loss to Mexico. Scott Arfield began his club career at Falkirk and he scored 13 goals in 108 appearances in the league for the Scottish club. In 2010 he signed a deal with Huddersfield Town and he played for the Terriers from until 2013.
As previously mentioned, Arfield currently wear’s Burnley shirt, meaning that he is enjoying the Premier League football. You should bear in mind that the Scottish midfielder netted one goal for Burnley in the 2016/2017 season. He found the net in a 2-1 win over Everton on October 10, 2016.
Highlighted Team (Rangers):
Glasgow Rangers are one of the two synonyms for Scottish Football. Glasgow Rangers were founded back in 1872 and they have been playing an important role in the Scottish top flight ever since. The Gers won their 54th Scottish Premier League title in the 2010/2011 season, but winning of European Cup Winners’ Cup trophy in 1972 is considered the club’s biggest success.
Glasgow Rangers defeated Dynamo Moscow in the final of the competition, with the likes of Stein and Johnston (two goals) scoring for the Scottish side. Celtic are considered the club’s biggest rivals and there have always been fireworks when the two teams meet in the Old Firm derby. The likes of Paul Gascoigne, David Weir, Stefan Klos, Chris Boyd, Ian Durrant and Kenny Miller are some of Rangers’ former notable players.
It has to be noted that the Gers welcome their rivals at Ibrox Stadium, the venue with the capacity of 50,817. Rangers’ support is largely drawn from the Protestant Unionist community.