PSV vs Rangers lineups, 3 predictions – UEFA Champions League

PSV vs Rangers lineups, 3 predictions – UEFA Champions League
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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.

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.

Cyriel Dessers in action, PSV vs Rangers
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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:

PSV

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

Rangers

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

PSV

nl
3-4-3
3
Jordan Teze
nl
18
Olivier Boscagli
fr
9
Luuk De Jong
nl
7
Noa Lang
nl
Substitutes
20
Guus Til
nl
24
Boy Waterman
nl
32
Yorbe Vertessen
be
14
Ricardo Pepi
us
5
Ramalho
br
30
Patrick Van Aanholt
nl
21
Anwar El Ghazi
nl

Rangers

Rangers
4-3-1-2
1
Jack Butland
gb
2
James Tavernier
gb
6
Connor Goldson
gb
5
John Souttar
gb
31
Borna Barisic
hr
15
Jose Cifuentes
ec
4
John Lundstram
gb
43
Nicolas Raskin
be
13
Todd Cantwell
gb
17
Rabbi Matondo
gb
9
Cyriel Dessers
ng
Substitutes
44
Adam Devine
gb
38
Leon Thomas King
gb
19
Abdallah Sima
sn
27
Leon Balogun
ng
99
Danilo
br
23
Scott Wright
gb
26
Ben Davies
gb
28
Robby McCrorie
gb
32
Kieran Wright
gb
14
Sam Lammers
nl
21
Dujon Sterling
gb
8
Ryan Jack
gb

*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.

Players in action, PSV vs Rangers
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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

Rangers

Rangers

2
nl

PSV

2

UEFA Champions League Qualifying 24/08/22

nl

PSV

0
Rangers

Rangers

1

UEFA Champions League Qualifying 16/08/22

Rangers

Rangers

2
nl

PSV

2

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.

Form: WWWWWD

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.

Form: LWWDWDW

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

This article was most recently revised and updated 9 months ago

Joseph is a freelance writer who spends most of his time writing engaging football contents. Based in Nigeria, Joseph is a die-hard Real Madrid fan with over 8 years experience in the sports betting space. He has covered football match previews, predictions, and news across leagues in Africa and Europe.