Fans will be treated to a winner-takes-all clash at the Philips Stadion involving PSV vs Rangers in the UEFA Champions League playoff round. Kick-off is scheduled for 20:00 BST on Wednesday, 30 August 2023.
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Both clubs played out a hard-fought 2-2 draw at Ibrox in their opening encounter, where Peter Bosz's side came from behind twice to rescue a draw. And for the second year running, the tie will be decided at Philips Stadion.
Rangers will enter the second leg with history on their side having emerged victorious over PSV in this competition last campaign, they also have a six-game unbeaten run to protect and a 2-2 aggregate result to improve on if they're to reach the Champions League group stage.
On the other hand, PSV will go into this clash with an astonishing 23-game unbeaten run to safeguard since February's Europa League disappointing loss to Sevilla; although their first-leg draw with Rangers did snap a six-game winning run for the Dutch Super Cup champions.
With the memory of last year's loss at home to Rangers still fresh on their minds, it'll be interesting to see who comes out on top this time around.
PSV vs Rangers probable lineups
We've predicted the lineups for this clash below:
Goalkeeper: Walter Benitez
Defenders: Sergino Dest, Olivier Boscagli, Jerdy Schouten, Jordan Teze
Midfielders: Joey Veerman, Ibrahima Sangare, Ismael Saibari
Forwards: Noa Lang, Luuk de Jong, Johan Bakayoko
Goalkeeper: Jack Butland
Defenders: James Tavernier, Connor Goldson, John Souttar, Borna Barisic
Midfielders: Jose Cifuentes, Ryan Jack, Nicolas Raskin, Todd Cantwell
Forwards: Abdallah Sima, Cyriel Dessers
PSV vs Rangers confirmed lineups
*Lineups will be automatically updated shortly after they're released
PSV vs Rangers predictions
Prediction 1: Rangers Win or Draw
We'll like to clearly point out that PSV in seven meetings with Rangers in all competitions have only ever managed to beat the Scottish side on one occasion, and that 1-0 came at the Ibrox in the second leg of a 2010/11 Europa League last 16 tie. Rangers have always found a way to come out unscathed when it matters most in this fixture, and we expect this to continue as both teams clash for a place in the group stage.
Prediction 2: Both Teams to Score
PSV have scored in all six competitive games this season, while Rangers have scored in six of seven games this campaign. Both teams have also scored in two of the last three meetings between them, and this trend should be able to continue right into this clash with much at stake.
Prediction 3: Over 2.5 Goals
Peter Bosz side have been involved in at least three goals skirmish in four of six games played this season, it shows their ability to score and also concede. Similarly, Rangers seven games this campaign have yielded a minimum of three goals on four occasions. With both sides netting and being breached, we're backing this clash to give us goals.
PSV vs Rangers Head to Head
PSV and Rangers have so far played 7 games between them in the past. PSV won 1 direct match, Rangers won 3 matches, while 3 matches ended in a draw.
Head to Head results of last three matches:
UEFA Champions League Qualifying 22/08/23
UEFA Champions League Qualifying 24/08/22
UEFA Champions League Qualifying 16/08/22
PSV recent form
The Dutch Super Cup champions have been brilliant so far this season. The recent 2-2 draw with Rangers halted a five-game winning streak across all competitions.
Rangers recent form
Michael Beale's side recovered from the disappointing 1-0 loss to Kilmarnock on the first day of the season to later register four wins and two draws in their last six games.
Where to watch PSV vs Rangers live in Nigeria
Super Eagles Cyriel Dessers will be in action in the PSV vs Rangers champions league clash. Nigerian football fans can watch this match live on DSTV Now
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