By Saikat Mandal

20th Apr, 2022 | 8:10am

Chris Sutton predicts outcome of Rangers v RB Leipzig

Chris Sutton believes Rangers have a “strong chance” to beat RB Leipzig in the Europa League over the two-legged semi-final clash.

The belief stems from the fact that the Gers will play their second leg at Ibrox, and Sutton thinks the Glasgow giants are capable of beating anybody on their home turf.

Having said that, he thinks Leipzig would be a tough opponent, but the Ibrox factor gives the Bears a slender edge.

Sutton said on BBC 5 Live Sport: “I think they are up against it. Beating Dortmund was such a big deal but Leipzig are in such a great form at the moment.

“I think Rangers fancy playing anybody at Ibrox. It’s about staying in the tie, that’s going to be their biggest task.

“If they can get back to Ibrox even a goal down, I would give them a strong chance.”

Huge factor

Sutton is absolutely spot on here. 

Having beaten the likes of Borussia Dortmund, Red Bull Salzburg, and Braga, the Gers will be confident of beating any side in the competition. 

The second leg at home could be massive, and Sutton rightly said that even if Rangers manage to return with a goal down from the first leg, they will fancy their chances. 

Leipzig are like Newcastle of the Bundesliga. They are in superb form at the moment and they will probably start as favourites. 

It is important to stay in the tie, especially in the first leg. Having beaten Dortmund away in Germany, the Gers at least won’t be intimidated by the occasion. 

The Germans will be looking to take a healthy lead in the first leg and kill the tie completely, but Rangers will feel confident if they don’t trail by more than one goal, just like they did against Braga. 

Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s side has done extremely well to reach thus far, and they must give their all to reach the final. 

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