Michael Owen has backed Rangers to leave Royal Antwerp with a draw in the first leg of their Europa League tie on Thursday evening.

The pundit has predicted that it will finish 1-1 in Belgium, handing the advantage to the Bears ahead of the return leg at Ibrox next week.

Owen has claimed that Steven Gerrard would take a draw if you asked him privately, and he may set his side up to counter-attack.


Writing in his Bet Victor predictions column, Owen has claimed that it will be a tight affair with both sides airing on the side of caution.

“Steven Gerrard’s Rangers travel to Austria having gone through as group winners,” he said.

“Royal Antwerp showed me enough in their win against Spurs earlier in the competition that they can cause problems, so the Gers’ will no doubt have to be cautious.

“I think this could be tight. Rangers may well be happy to sit in and hit on the counter, and I think if you asked my former teammate Steven Gerrard privately if he’d take a draw and an away goal back to Glasgow, he’d be likely to take it.

“It’s 1-1 for me in this one.”


We would take this.

Having said that, Gerrard and the Bears will only be looking to win this one, this is the attitude they enter every single game with.

Royal Antwerp have recently appointed Franky Vercauteren, and he has guided them to second in the league after five wins in his first seven outings.

The Light Blues have already beaten Standard Liege twice this season in the group stage, and those two sides drew over the previous weekend.

Rangers are unbeaten in Europe this season, finishing ahead of Benfica in the group, and they must assert their dominance early on in Belgium.

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