Europa League Betting: Back Rangers to take a point from Swiss mission and Celtic to concede

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Both halves of the Old Firm are in Europa League action on Thursday. Betfair's Frankie Monkhouse picks through the current betting...

"Young Boys have won only one of their last six, losing one and drawing four."

Young Boys v Rangers draw @ [3.8] (Betfair Exchange)

Young Boys v Rangers
Thursday, 17:55
Live on BT Sport

Gers target back-to-back wins

It's another hectic midweek of European football with a number of high-ranking British sides in Champions League and Europa League action. Week two of the group stages and Steven Gerrard takes his Rangers side to Switzerland to face Group G rivals Young Boys.

The visitors are looking to build on that incredible win achieved over Feyenoord in the opening round but will find life difficult on the road, away from the support of their passionate fans. Can Gers make it six points from two games or will Young Boys fire themselves into contention?

Mixed bag for the hosts

Young Boys are Swiss Super League champions and will be confident in their ability to make home advantage count and grab all three points at the expense of their Scottish opponents. The locals, managed by Gerardo Seoane, won last time out and are unbeaten in their last three games but their recent form is patchy, to say the least. They have won only one of their last six, losing one and drawing four. Would they accept another share of the spoils when Rangers come calling? It's possible as they lost at Porto in round one.

The club from Bern ended on the wrong side of a 2-1 scoreline at the Estadio do Dragao a fortnight ago, Nsame's goal from the penalty spot bettered by a double from Dos Santos. They have since drawn with Basel and FC Thun in the Swiss Super League, both games ending 1-1, before edging Sion 3-2 at this venue on Saturday. The home win is [2.0] favourite on the Betfair Exchange, the draw marked up at [3.8].

Five wins and 14 goals scored

Rangers have been exceptionally busy in recent weeks as Gerrard leads his side into battle on three fronts. The light Blues squad has been pushed to its limits and there's already a couple of injuries creeping in, but they have gone on a run of impressive victories. The Govan side beat Feyenoord 1-0 at Ibrox on matchday one. A fantastic performance and victory but the margin of victory should've been a little more comfortable, James Tavernier missing an early penalty.

Since suffering the hurt of a 2-0 home defeat to Celtic in September's Old Firm derby, Rangers have won each of their five in all competitions, scoring 14 goals in the process and keeping a clean sheet in each of their last four. The only goal conceded in five games came against Livingston from the penalty spot. The visitors oozed class when hammering Aberdeen 5-0 on Saturday. Despite that incredible run of form, punters offer the away win at [3.9] on the Betfair Exchange.


Celtic v Cluj
Thursday, 20:00
Live on BT Sport

Renew rivalries

Celtic and CFR Cluj renew rivalries at Parkhead on Thursday evening, the scene of a dramatic seven-goal thriller in the Champions League back in August. A 4-3 win for the Romanian kings that evening eliminated Celtic from Europe's elite at the qualifying stage, but they now have an opportunity to gain revenge in the Europa League.

Neutrals will be hoping this live match lives up to the standard of the last meeting but we're sure both managers would prefer a quieter evening, as long as their side are able to claim the three points. There's lots to bet on here, including the total goals market which should be popular with punters expecting a repeat performance.

Celtic dropped points on Saturday

Celtic have enjoyed an unbeaten start to the Scottish Premiership season and have also booked their place in the semi-final of the League Cup as they target a fourth domestic treble on the bounce. Neil Lennon's side left Ibrox with a win back in the summer but dropped their first points of the campaign on Saturday. The Hoops visited lowly Hibs in Edinburgh and had to make do with a point, scrapping out a 1-1 finish in the capital.

Fans believed their club deserved two penalties that day and many cried foul play as the referee failed to award either. Excuses can be made but the champions failed to see off a club who is ranked second bottom of the table and now have just five points on the board, achieved thanks to one win and two draws. Much better was expected, with or without the help of the ref. Celtic must dust themselves down in time for their first home match of Group E when hosting the early leaders. The locals are [1.56] favourite on the Exchange.

Cluj bigger than they should be

It may only be October, but Cluj have already enjoyed some fantastic results in European competition. They eliminated Celtic over two legs in the Champions League before bowing out of the same competition at the hands of Slavia Prague, beaten 2-0 on aggregate. That result saw The Railwaymen drop into the Europa League where they got off to the perfect start when beating Italian giants Lazio in week one.

Dan Petrescu's battlers enjoyed a 2-1 Group E win at home, achieved thanks to goals from Deac and Omrani. That came despite falling behind to an early goal from Quissanga who broke the deadlock with 25 minutes on the clock. Cluj must be given full credit for battling back against the Serie A giants and they'll have fond memories of their last trip to Glasgow. The [7.8] about an away win is much bigger than it should be and is sure to attract plenty of attention. The draw trades at [3.95].

Frank Monkhouse,

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