This is one of the toughest groups in the Europa League this season as any of the four teams could still qualify for the next round. Steven Gerard’s side could top the group at the end of this game and they could also be totally out of the competition as well depending on the outcomes of the two group games.
However, the performance of the Gers so far has been way too good to think that they would not qualify for the next round. Despite needing to go through a very tough qualification phase, Rangers suffered their first European defeat of the season in their last match.
While that was a major setback, they would be banking on home support to help them get another three points here.
Villarreal were expected to qualify from this group as leaders when the draw was first made, but the Spaniards are having a less than impressive season at the moment.
They come into this game in the 16th position in La Liga and needed a goal from their Nigerian prodigy, Samuel Chukwueze to see off Real Betis at the weekend. While their manager has been rotating his team heavily for the past few European games, we expect him to stick to a strong line up for this game.