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Rangers v PSV
Rangers are back in Champions League action on Tuesday, with Mick Beale’s side just one hurdle away from a return to the group stages of the competition. They face up against PSV at Ibrox in the first leg of the final qualifying round, having overcome the Eredivisie giants at the same point of the competition last season.
After a sluggish start to the season domestically, Beale can regain a great deal of credit with victory over these two crucial encounters, which are swiftly followed by an Old Firm meeting with Celtic at the beginning of September. These next 20 days then, are pivotal in the aspirations of Rangers for the season ahead, but also vital in the career of their manager, who is already under pressure after some less-than-inspired displays by his new-look team. Can Beale kick this vital period off with a victory? These Rangers v PSV stats are designed to give an insight into what to expect in what promises to be a thrilling match ahead.
Rangers stats: Beale’s side struggling for rhythm
The pressure is on the hosts here to take a lead to Eindhoven next week and Beale will doubtless field as strong a team as possible, which is worth taking into account for a Rangers v PSV bet builder. The Cheat Sheet shows domestic games from last season, but come full-time, the Rangers v PSV stats are liable to paint a different picture.
Why? Rangers are facing a higher standard of opponent than they typically face in Scotland while their early season form suggests that they are not yet firing, particularly in terms of the offensive understanding between a new-look forward line in which former Feyenoord forward Danilo looks the brightest spark.
Chance creation early this season is down and, aside from a late flurry in the league against Livingston, goals have not been easy to come by. One aspect of Rangers’ game remains consistent, though: they do not give up many yellow cards while their opponents tend to earn more than they go.
PSV stats: Bosz’s men on the up
If Rangers are struggling to hit the groove that they managed last season, PSV certainly are not. They have won all of their five competitive matches this season, easing through to this point of the Champions League thanks to a 7-2 aggregate success over Sturm Graz.
The PSV stats show that they give up more shots on target than Rangers, but equally, they are happy to given that their scoring power – so far this season – has been significantly superior to that of their opponents. Indeed, PSV have scored at least two goals in each of their last four matches, suggesting they have not wavered from last term’s 2.56 goals for per game.
Interestingly, PSV’s defence is also showing signs of improving. Last term, they conceded a touch over one goal per match, but this time around that figure has dropped to 0.6. Indeed, they are yet to concede more than a single goal in a match this season. It is an encouraging figure ahead of their trip to Glasgow.
Rangers v PSV Cheat Sheet
This Rangers v PSV Cheat Sheet is designed to give users a greater understanding of what to expect from individual players and the teams as a whole ahead of this huge fixture. It breaks down key statistics for both sides, such as how much possession they typically have, how many shots they get away, and how many cards they and their opponents pick up.
More than this, it goes into depth on individual players. Rangers’ stats, for example, show that Todd Cantwell both commits the most Rangers fouls but also draws the most, too. This is useful to know for your Rangers v PSV bet builder. In short, it breaks down all the essential Rangers v PSV stats, which will be detailed further on. Note that due to a lack of games in 2023/24, these numbers are taken from last season’s domestic matches.
🎯 Rangers offensive stats: Tavernier remains a potent threat
At the beating heart of the Gers is former Norwich star Todd Cantwell, who has made himself indispensable to the club thanks to his tireless performances. This is evident from the Rangers v PSV Cheat Sheet, which shows him top of a number of Rangers’ stats categories: fouls committed, tackles made, fouls drawn, and shots per match. He is also second in terms of shots on target per match and goals. Look for the Englishman to take a central role in this encounter, particularly as he is liable to be up against both Guus Til and Ibrahim Sangare, who stands first and second on the crime count, according to PSV stats.
James Tavernier always offers good value for Rangers to be an anytime scorer due to his status as penalty-taker. This partly explains why he tops the club’s goals and assists in the Rangers v PSV Cheat Sheet, while Rangers’ other leading attackers from last season, including Antonio Colak and Alfredo Morelos, have departed.
New additions Cyriel Dessers and Sam Lammers have not shown anything to suggest they will immediately fill the void, while Danilo and Abdallah Sima have looked a little stronger but still not 100% convincing. Rangers will likely look to their established stars to find the net here. Cantwell is shorter odds in terms of anytime scorer, despite right-back Tavernier being more prolific. The right-back’s raids into the box may be fewer given the strength of the opposition, but his header against Servette – the goal that has got Rangers here – underlines that he remains a threat from open play.
🎯 PSV offensive stats: Vertessen one to watch
Yorbe Vertessen, who has started each of the last two games on the left wing, is something of a wildcard pick for this game. He has increasingly won the coach’s faith, suggesting that his average of 41 minutes played last season will be smashed at Ibrox.
If he features again, expect him to influence the Rangers v PSV stats significantly because he is extremely busy, posting high shot and foul counts, both in terms of those conceded and won. Furthermore, he will be up against Todd Cantwell and Borna Barisic, who post a combined fouls-per-90 of 2.5.
At the cutting edge of the PSV team is former Barcelona striker Luuk de Jong, who is a pure No. 9. Boasting 14 goals last season, he is clearly the main attacking threat. With Rangers struggling to cope with crosses, De Jong will feel he has a chance to feast against an uncertain back four that has kept only one clean sheet in five this term.
Don’t sleep on Yorbe Vertessen, though. Having missed only five minutes of the last two matches, he is a player being increasingly leaned on by Bosz, and the coach’s faith has been repaid with two goals in three, making him eye-catching at 4.5 as an anytime scorer. PSV have cruised so far this season, winning each of their four competitive matches by at least two goals and they would certainly appear to have the capacity to strike at Ibrox.
🛑 Rangers defensive stats: Cantwell all over the place
Just as Todd Cantwell is all-action in the Rangers’ attack, he is similarly busy defensively. The midfielder tops the club in terms of fouls committed and tackles, but the real value lies in a yellow card.
Remember, Cantwell only joined the club in January, so his five yellow cards have been accrued in around half the time that Ryan Jack and James Tavernier have picked up five and six respectively.
Cantwell is likely to be flying into challenges against Ibrahim Sangare and Yorbe Vertessen (should he start), and that means the Rangers v PSV stats are likely to show a high foul count for him, and that increases the likelihood of a yellow card.
🛑 PSV defensive stats: The Sangare question
Peter Bosz’s side will see Ibrahim Sangare as their key man coming into this fixture, but there is serious doubt over his future at the club, with transfer speculation mounting with just a couple of weeks left in the window.
The PSV stats show how important he is to their side from a defensive perspective. He lies second for tackles and fouls committed. Sangare typically gets a lot of minutes, but the doubt ahead of Tuesday’s game is whether he is fully focused on the task at hand or if his thoughts are drifting towards a move. Guus Til, who has a high foul count, four yellow cards last season, and is likely to come up against the equally tigerish Cantwell, or even Johan Bakayoko may offer better value in terms of fouls and cards with this in mind.
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