St Joseph’s vs Rangers Match Info
Date: Tuesday July 9 2019
Kick-off time: 4.55pm BST
Venue: Victoria Stadium
Referee: Nejc Kajtazovic (Slovenia)
St Joseph’s vs Rangers Head-To-Head Record
No previous matches
St Joseph’s vs Rangers Stats
- This is the third consecutive European campaign for St Joseph’s
- Last season, they lost their preliminary-round tie on penalties to a team from the Faroe Islands
- Rangers have never previously played opponents from Gibraltar in European competition
St Joseph’s vs Rangers Match Preview
Rangers were competitive in the Europa League right through until December last season, and begin their quest to reach the group stage again with a trip to Gibraltar.
Only when they lost their last round-robin match away to Rapid Vienna did the Gers bow out of Europe in Steven Gerrard’s first campaign at the helm, with the club’s subsequent progress indicating they can be optimistic of faring even better this time around.
Gerrard, who is reported to have recently snubbed an approach from Newcastle to become their manager, has already strengthened his squad this summer with six new signings, most of them young players, including Sheyi Ojo on loan from his former club Liverpool.
A pre-season training camp on the Algarve will have got Rangers used to the hot weather they are likely to encounter in Gibraltar for the first leg of a tie that is likely to serve as a couple of extra friendly games, albeit with rather more at stake.
Three warm-up matches so far have yielded three wins to nil with Ojo and on-loan Bournemouth striker Jermain Defoe both on the scoresheet in two of them.
St Joseph’s have won a preliminary-round tie against Kosovan club Prishtina, 3-1 on aggregate with a 2-0 home victory in the second leg, but this is expected to be a stroll for Rangers that will render next week’s return match at Ibrox a mere formality.
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St Joseph’s vs Rangers Betting Tips
Rangers -3 on the handicap @ 13/8 with Unibet
Rangers to win to nil @ 8/11 with bet365