Our prediction for this Europa League match:
Bayer Leverkusen will be aiming to defend their two-goal lead in the tie against Rangers when the two teams face each other at BayArena in the Europa League last 16, second leg. The Bundesliga side proved their worth in the Ibrox Stadium showdown, with the team moving one step closer to booking their place in the quarter-finals. Talented attacker Kai Havertz, who is still part of the German outfit, will be the man to watch in the home side.
The Gers, on the other hand, face an uphill task in the return leg as they need to overcome a two-goal deficit. Seeing that Steven Gerrard’s troops are likely to adopt an attack-minded approach in the return leg, we predict that Bayer Leverkusen will seal the victory on the break. Alfredo Morelos is widely expected to lead the line for the visitors.
Highlighted Player (Kerem Demirbay):
Kerem Demirbay is a product of Schalke 04 football academy. After playing for die Knappen from 1999 to 2007 he joined Borussia Dortmund and it has to be noted that he played for Wattenscheid during his youth career as well. The German footballer of Turkish descent made 28 appearances for Borussia Dortmund II before joining Hamburger SV senior team in 2013.
However, you should know that he played no more than three games in Bundesliga for die Rothosen. Kerem Demirbay played for Kaiserslautern and Fortuna Dusseldorf on loan from 2014 to 2016 and he moved to Hoffenheim in the summer of 2016. Kerem Demirbay scored six goals, while providing ten assists for his teammates in the 2016/2017 Bundesliga campaign.
Demirbay, who was born in Herten, Germany on July 3, 1993 is an attacking midfielder, but he is used as both central and right midfielder as well. The Hoffenheim ace played international youth football for Turkey, but he decided to represent Germany at senior level. Kerem Demirbay made his debut for Germany in a friendly against Denmark on June 6, 2017.
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.