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Rupert Wyman 19th Oct 2009 - 15:37

Ibrox set for a rare Rangers Champions League success

Rangers look up against it in their bid to qualify for the knockout phase of the Champions League after picking up just a solitary point from their first two matches.

As a result the Scottish champions find themselves bottom of Group G with their matchday three opponents Unirea Urziceni above them because of a superior goal difference.

Both the teams picked up their point against Stuttgart with Rangers achieving the more impressive result of the two as they came away from Germany with a draw where as the Romanian champions drew at home.

Rangers may not have their best side of recent years to enable them to compete with most sides in the Champions League but they still should have enough to claim only their first win in seven Champions League fixtures and at 8/11 look relatively good value.

An away win is priced at 3/1 but the Romanians in two matches in the UEFA Cup and two in the Champions League are yet to win a match and I can't see this record altering at Ibrox.

Indeed Romanian sides as a whole have only claimed eight wins in 52 Champions League matches - a win ratio of 15% so their pedigree in Europe's elite competition is certainly lacking.

In addition Dan Petrescu's side have only won once in four Romanian Liga I matches so come into the match in poor domestic form.

If you are unconvinced of a home win an extra bit security can be found in either the draw no bet or double chance markets at 33/100 and 3/20 respectively.

Rangers have the worst defence in the Champions League so far having conceded five goals in their two matches. However, Unirea should not pose too many problems for a backline that will be reinforced with the return of the impressive Majid Bougherra after the Algerian missed the weekend win over St Johnstone following his delayed arrival back from international duty.

He and his centre-back partner David Weir will be hoping to keep a clean sheet for just the third time this season and this can be backed at 11/10 although I think the Romanians will be able to breach the defence.

In the correct score betting the preferred choice would be for a 2-1 home win and this is available at quite a tasty looking 7/1. This is the score that the Gers have won both their previous two matches and they look a good bet to make it three in a row.

Kenny Miller has had his recent injury troubles but the striker took both of his goals well in the recent Old Firm win against Celtic and he is a good looking bet at 6/4 to add to his tally of four goals this season.

Walter Smith is a wily old character and he should have his troops fired up for this match which defender Sasa Papac has dubbed must win and with the passionate home support fully behind Rangers than a home win should be expected.



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