By Sam Stone

27th Apr, 2022 | 7:10am

Michael Owen predicts result of Rangers Europa League showdown v RB Leipzig

Michael Owen believes Rangers will fall to a 2-1 defeat in their Europa League semi-final first leg against RB Leipzig.

Rangers are competing in their first European semi-final since 2008 and have already enjoyed success in Germany after their historic 4-2 victory away at Borussia Dortmund.

However, Owen doesn’t feel their success will be replicated on Thursday evening

Writing on the BetVictor website, he said: “Leipzig have been in very good form both domestically and in Europe.”

Owen added, “Rangers will need to keep Nkunku quiet, he’s got 30 goals this season.

“I think Leipzig will win, but I can see Rangers getting a goal, so I’m leaning to a 2-1 Leipzig win.”

Rangers praise

Rangers performance in Europe this season deserves immense credit, regardless of the outcome of their semi-final against Leipzig.

The last time they were at this stage of a European competition they overcame Fiorentina on penalties before losing to Zenit Saint Petersburg in the final.

However, their route to the semi-final this year certainly looks a sterner test than it did in 2008.

Borussia Dortmund, Red Star Belgrade and Braga have all fallen victim to Giovianni van Bronckhorst’s men, whilst also scoring 13 goals in the knockout stages.

Leipzig have undoubted quality, however, the Gers have already overcome a similar calibre of opponent and the prospect of an all British final against West Ham in Sevilla is a tantalising one.

If Rangers can stay in the tie for the return leg at Ibrox, then Leipzig will have to be at their very best if they wish to progress to their first ever European final.

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