Rangers vs Servette lineups – Does Leon Balogun start in key UCL fixture?

Rangers vs Servette lineups – Does Leon Balogun start in key UCL fixture?
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Ibrox Stadium will host Rangers vs Servette UCL qualification round 3 match on Wednesday evening in a clash for a place in the tournament's playoffs. Kick-off time is 19:45 BST, 9 August 2023.

Rangers vs Servette probable lineups

Rangers

Goalkeeper: Jack Butland
Defenders: James Tavernier, Connor Goldson, John Souttar, Borna Barisic
Midfielders: Kieran Dowell, Nicolas Raskin, John Lundstram
Forwards: Sam Lammers, Abdallah Sima, Cyriel Dessers

Servette

Goalkeeper: Joel Mall
Defenders: Anthony Baron, Yoan Severin, Steve Rouiller, Nicolas Vouilloz
Midfielders: David Douline, Gael Ondoua, Hussayn Touati
Forwards: Dereck Kutesa, Enzo Crivelli, Jeremy Guillemenot

Rangers vs Servette confirmed lineups

*Lineups will be automatically updated shortly after they're released

Rangers vs Servette predictions

This clash will present a chance for one of these teams to qualify for a place in the play-off round of the UEFA Champions League.

Prediction 1: Over 2.5 Goals

Our first prediction for Rangers vs Servette battle is on the high-scoring side. Both sides have been scoring goals and we expect them to continue on that trend.

Rangers last ten matches have produced at least three goals in eight occasions. While for Servette, Rene Weiler's team have seen a minimum of three goals in four of their last six matches.

With a playoff place on the line in this match, both sides will be eager to outscore each other and try to reach their UCL target for the season.

Prediction 2: Both Teams to Score

Michael Beale's Rangers side have not kept a clean sheet in their last five matches. Similarly, Servette have conceded in six consecutive games ahead of this clash with Rangers.

Also, Rangers has netted in nine of their last 10 games, while Servette have found the back of the net in their last 17 matches. Rangers' last eight matches has seen both sides scoring, and Servette's last six games has also seen goals at both ends.

With both teams scoring goals ahead of their matchup, chances are the trend will continue today.

Prediction 3: Servette Win or Draw

Rangers have not been in good shape ahead of their meeting with Servette; they lost their opening match of the new season against Kilmarnock and are without a win in their last three matches.

On the other hand, Servette have been unbeaten in their last 16 games; they recorded 11 wins and five draws across all competitions in that 16-game stretch.

Considering the Swiss side's record ahead of this UCL playoff qualifying round, we're backing them to not go home empty-handed.

Nigerian players to watch in Rangers vs Servette fixture

Leon Balogun

Nigerian defender Leon Balogun was an unused sub in Rangers first league game last Saturday that ended in a sour 1-0 defeat for Michael Beale's side.

Why Leon Balogun didn't feature against Kilmarnock is not what we know, but we're suspecting that the defender will play against Servette, a key match for the Scottish club who are looking to make an appearance in the UCL playoff.

Cyril Dessers

Cyril Dessers to play in Ranger vs Servette
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Cyril Dessers who joined Rangers from Cremonese this summer, will be hoping to hit the ground running especially after failing to score in his first league game for the Scottish giants.

Where to watch Rangers vs Servette live in Nigeria, Ghana and Kenya

You can catch all the action live on Supersport Gotv Football, Supersport Maximo and the Supersport Premier League channel if you live in Nigeria, Kenya or Ghana.

This article was most recently revised and updated 8 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.