RB Leipzig vs. Rangers: Can The Scottish Champions Stop Nkunku and Co.?

April 25, 2022
Benson Chikezie

UEFA Europa League 2021/2022
Playoffs: Semi-final 1st Leg
Red Bull Arena, Leipzig

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High-flying RB Leipzig will welcome soon-to-be-dethroned Scottish champions Rangers for their UEFA Europa League semi-final first leg scheduled for April 29 at 00:30 IST. The match represents the second meeting between both sides, and the first in competitive settings.

RB Leipzig failed to extend their 17-match unbeaten run in all competitions as they lost narrowly at home to Union Berlin. Rangers followed up a 2-1 victory over rivals Celtic in the Scottish Cup with a 3-0 win over the weekend, as both teams had contrasting preparations ahead of their historic showdown.

Teams Status

Take a look at the latest form and team news from RB Leipzig and Rangers:

RB Leipzig Form and Team News

RB Leipzig looked on course to seal another victory and extend their unbeaten streak to 18 matches, but it was not to be as Union Berlin managed to respond with two late goals and win the match. Barring their loss in the weekend, Leipzig have been formidable in all competitions, going 17 games without a loss.

They went past Spartak Moscow and Atalanta to reach the semis, even winning 2-0 away in Bergamo. Christopher Nkunku has been in excellent form for Leipzig, scoring 3 goals. Leipzig will be without Lukas Klostermann and Amadou Haidara for this fixture.

Rangers Form and Team News

Since losing 1-0 to Braga in April, Rangers have won four on the bounce, including the second leg against Braga, which they won by three goals to one. They scored 12 goals in that winning run, setting themselves up for their trip to Leipzig, as they hope to find joy again on German soil.

Rangers won a famous, shock victory over Borussia Dortmund earlier in the tournament, winning by four goals to two. They have since gone past Crvena zvezda and Braga, and have defender Jonas Tarvernier in excellent form with six goals and two assists.

Striker Alfredo Morelos is still sidelined with an injury and may not make the trip to Leipzig

What Do the Sportsbooks Say?

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All three sportsbooks mentioned above name Leipzig as favorites to win the first leg of their tie against Rangers. The odds for RB Leipzig to win, a draw, and a Rangers victory on the Paripesa sportsbook are 1.404, 5.25, and 8.8, respectively.

On the Melbet sportsbook, all three outcomes are placed at 1.404, 5.25, and 8.8 odds. While the odds are 1.38, 5.00, and 9.00, respectively on the Parimatch sportsbook.

Tipster’s Angle

Rangers enjoyed a shock win during their last visit to Germany, and will fancy another good outing in Leipzig. RB Leipzig saw the end of their unbeaten streak, losing to Union Berlin over the weekend. They will hope that the loss is only a minor blip and nothing more. Both sides have only met once in a club friendly, which RB Leipzig won by four goals to nil. Here are our thoughts on this fixture:

Tip: Over 1.5 Goals @ 1.20

Both RB Leipzig and Rangers had multi-goal results in four of their last five matches, with Rangers averaging three per game from their last four matches. The only meeting between these two ended in a 4-0 win for Leipzig, and with the form of both teams presently, a multi-goal outcome is likely to occur. Over 1.5 goals is available at 1.20 odds on the Sportsbet.io sportsbook.

Tip: RB Leipzig To Win Either Half @ 1.22

RB Leipzig have prevailed in at least one half in four of their last five matches. Barring their recent loss to Union Berlin, they have been solid in 18 consecutive matches. They will also enjoy the advantage of a large fan presence as they play at home. RB Leipzig to win either half is available on the Paripesa sportsbook at 1.22 odds.


Rangers travel to RB Leipzig knowing they performed well against the last German team they encountered. RB Leipzig have the home advantage, and have in-form forwards with an abundance of talent at their disposal. An exciting game is on the cards, as Rangers attempt to halt the advance of an RB Leipzig team spearheaded by Christopher Nkunku.

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