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Tavernier and Middleton to start – Predicted 4-3-3 Rangers line-up to face Rapid Vienna

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Predicted Rangers XI to face Rapid Vienna in the Europa League

Rangers will welcome Austrian outfit Rapid Vienna for their second Group G encounter of the 2018/19 UEFA Europa League at Ibrox Stadium on Thursday night.

Steven Gerrard’s Gers began their European adventure with an impressive 2-2 draw against Spanish La Liga side Villarreal, following which they registered heavy victories against St. Johnstone and Ayr. However, the Light Blues come into the midweek encounter on the back of a 1-0 defeat to Livingston this past weekend.

And the Rapid Vienna’s visit provides with the best opportunity to bounce back strongly as they find themselves on unstable grounds, having changed their manager a day before the crucial tie.

Ahead of the big game, let’s take a look as to how the Gers should set up against the Austrians on Thursday;

Team News

Midfielder Ryan Jack is back in training having recovered from a calf problem. However, Gerrard is unlikely to thrust him straight back into action immediately. New signing Gareth McAuley and midfielder Graham Dorrans also seem to have put their injury issues behind. Jamie Murphy remains a long-term absentee.

Manager: Steven Gerrard

Formation: 4-3-3

Allan McGregor (GK)

The veteran goalkeeper has nailed down the first-choice spot for himself since returning to Ibrox in the summer. No changes expected here.

James Tavernier (RB)

At right-back, club captain James Tavernier is a guaranteed starter for the Gers. The Englishman is a key player with his forward bursts from the back and his defensive nous.

Connor Goldson (CB)

The summer signing has settled in nicely and has established himself as a mainstay at the back for Gerrard’s side. Should start on Thursday.

Nikola Katic (CB)

The young Croatian defender was left out of against Livingston. Should be recalled into the line-up in place of on-loan defender Joe Worrall.

Borna Barisic (LB)

The Croatian international should take up the left-back slot for the Light Blues when Rapid Vienna come visiting this week.

Lassana Coulibaly (CM)

The on-loan midfielder is another who has settled nicely at Ibrox. Has made 9 appearances across all competitions, scoring twice in the process. Should be retained in the team.

Andy Halliday (CM)

Having endured a difficult last season, the 26-year-old has worked his way back into the Gers’ first-team under Gerrard this season. Should take up the holding midfield position.

Scott Arfield (CM)

The former Burnley man has developed into a vital cog in the midfield engine room for the Glasgow-based outfit since joining in the summer. Scored in the last European encounter and should start on Thursday night.

Ryan Kent (LW)

The on-loan Liverpool attacker has shown glimpses of his innate abilities since arriving at the Ibrox in the summer. Should be given a continued run in the starting XI.

Alfredo Morelos (ST)

Having been suspended for the first round of group fixtures, the Colombian forward is available for selection and should get the nod ahead of Kyle Lafferty.

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Glenn Middleton (LW)

The 18-year-old winger tore apart Ayr United when he last took the field for the Gers. Should be given a go at the expense of Daniel Candeias, albeit on the opposite flank.

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Liverpool

Laporte and Aguero to start: Predicted 4-3-3 Manchester City XI to face Liverpool

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Predicted Manchester City line-up to face Liverpool in the Premier League

Manchester City have been in red-hot form this season in the Premier League. The Cityzens hit the ground running in the Champions League as well with a 2-1 victory over Hoffenheim after a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Lyon on opening day.

Apart from that lacklustre performance against Wolverhampton Wanderers in the Premier League where the Citizens were held to a 1-1 draw, Pep Guardiola’s men have barely put a foot wrong so far. So much so, they boast of the best scoring record in the league till date, having scored 21 goals from their first seven games.

However, the fans can expect an intriguing end-to-end battle when Manchester City make the trip to Anfield to face Liverpool. Both teams are yet to be beaten in the Premier League and going by the way they have played so far, there is a strong probability of that changing.

Team News

Benjamin Mendy has recovered from his ankle injury and might be in contention to start on Sunday but Guardiola will be without the services of Ilkay Gundogan, who limped off the field in the last game after suffering a hamstring injury.

Kevin De Bruyne, Claudio Bravo and Fabian Delph continue to be on the treatment table to nurse their respective injuries.

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Formation: 4-3-3

Manager: Pep Guardiola

Ederson Moraes (GK)

The Brazilian wasn’t called into action on too many occasions in the Champions League tie but he continues to be a reliable presence for the Cityzens.

Kyle Walker (RB)

The English international has looked pretty solid at the back and has asked questions of the opposition while going forward.

Nicolas Otamendi (CB)

He has dominated the opposition with his physicality and aerial ability and will be key for City on Sunday.

Aymeric Laporte (CB)

He did a decent job as a left-back in the Champions League but should return to his usual centre-back role on Sunday.

Benjamin Mendy (LB)

City have enjoyed the fruits of a flying left-back in their ranks and they must rely heavily on him once again on Sunday.

 

Bernardo Silva (LAM)

He has looked lively down the left and linked the play effectively with Leroy Sane. He has been in great form this season and will once again play an important role against Liverpool.

Fernandinho (CM)

The Brazilian must add solidity to the midfield in the absence of Gundogan.

David Silva (RAM)

The diminutive Spaniard has been tidy with his passing in the final third and scored the winner against Hoffenheim. He should be one of the first names on the teamsheet.

Raheem Sterling (RW)

His lightning pace and silky dribbling skills are always an asset to City and Guardiola will require him to come good on Sunday.

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Leroy Sane (LW)

He has impressed a great deal in the last few games and played some amazing football down the left in the Champions League. Guardiola should hand him another start.

Sergio Aguero (ST)

All eyes will be on City’s prolific No.9 as he tries to break his duck at Anfield. Nevertheless, he has the capacity to win the game single-handedly.

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Liverpool

Wijnaldum and Mane to start: Predicted 4-3-3 Liverpool XI to face Manchester City

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Predicted Liverpool line-up to face Manchester City in the Premier League

Liverpool were going all guns blazing, having made the best-ever start to their Premier League campaign with six wins on the trot. However, their perfect record was halted by Chelsea as the Blues held them to a 1-1 draw last weekend.

After a brilliant start to the season, Jurgen Klopp’s men have just put the foot off the pedal with two losses and a draw in their last three games across all competitions. Liverpool arguably endured their worst game of the season in the 1-0 defeat at the hands of Napoli on matchday two of the Champions League. It would be fair to say that they lacked the intent and the hunger to pick up all three points.

And the pressure will be on Jurgen Klopp to inspire his side when they welcome the reigning Premier League champions Manchester City on Sunday. Having drawn the last game against Chelsea, this will be a good opportunity for the Reds to reclaim their position at the top of the table and this could be one of the games that go on to decide the fate of the Premier League this season.

Team News

Naby Keita left the field with an injury to his lower back in the last game and Klopp will be without the services of his summer signing. Adam Lallana is on his way to recovery and his presence in the matchday squad will be subject to a late fitness test.

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Formation: 4-3-3

Manager: Jurgen Klopp

Alisson Becker (GK)

The Brazilian made some fantastic one-on-one saves against Chelsea and Napoli and Klopp should persist with him between the sticks.

Trent-Alexander Arnold (RB)

The youngster had a bad day at the office in the Champions League but will play a key role against Manchester City.

Virgil van Dijk (CB)

The towering Dutchman was his usual reliable self in the heart of the defence in the previous game and will face another uphill task against the City attackers.

Joe Gomez (CB)

The youngster was one of the brightest sparks in the 1-0 defeat to Napoli and Klopp should be expecting another solid performance from him.

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Andrew Robertson (LB)

The Scotsman did not have the best of games in the Champions League but could play a big part on Sunday.

Georginio Wijnaldum (LCM)

The Dutchman has excelled in a deeper role in the midfield but the presence of Henderson should allow him to play more freely.

Jordan Henderson (CDM)

He will be the ideal man to replace Naby Keita in the line-up and his good range of passing could prove to be vital against City.

James Milner (RCM)

The veteran has been consistent throughout but had a poor day at the office against Napoli. Klopp will need him to come to the party on Sunday against City.

Mohamed Salah (RW)

The Egyptian wizard hasn’t been able to replicate the prolific form he showed last season but should retain his place in a high-voltage game.

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Sadio Mane (LW)

Liverpool will need his pace and energy down the left to create chances and link up with the other two in the forward line. He has been in good scoring form this season and he must deliver the goods on Sunday.

Roberto Firmino (ST)

The Brazilian worked hard in front of the goal against Napoli but was left to feed off scraps. However, Liverpool will need him to fire against City.

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Kovacic and Giroud to start: Predicted 4-3-3 Chelsea XI to face Southampton

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Predicted Chelsea line-up to face Southampton in the Premier League

Chelsea continued their impressive form in the UEFA Europa League with a 1-0 win over Hungarian outfit Videoton on Friday as Alvaro’s Morata’s fine one-touch finish guaranteed the Blues all three points.

Maurizio Sarri’s men have done well in the Premier League so far, remaining unbeaten in their first seven games. They had a chance to claim all three points last weekend against Liverpool but were denied by a thunderous effort from substitute Daniel Sturridge late in the game.

The Blues have been held to draws in their previous two Premier League outings and they should look to get back to winning ways when they make the trip to St.Mary’s to face Southampton on Sunday.

This game holds a lot of significance for Maurizio Sarri’s men, given that a win could strengthen their position at the top of the table with Liverpool and Manchester City going head-to-head on the same day.

Team News

Pedro and Ruben Loftus-Cheek have recovered from their injuries and featured in the Europa League while fringe player Marco van Ginkel continues to be on the treatment table.

The fact that there are no significant injury concerns should bring solace to the manager and he will have his full squad of players to select from.

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Formation: 4-3-3

Manager: Maurizio Sarri

Kepa Arrizabalaga (GK)

The Spaniard made a couple of sharp saves against Videoton to save the blushes for his team and should start on Sunday.

Cesar Azpilicueta (RB)

He should be fresh and charged up to start against Southampton after being rested for the Europa League tie.

David Luiz (CB)

The Brazilian held his nerve at key moments against Liverpool last weekend and will be expected to start on Sunday ahead of Andreas Christensen.

Antonio Rudiger (CB)

The German international has slowly grown in confidence and looked solid in the previous game against Liverpool which should be enough to earn him another start.

Marcos Alonso (LB)

Solid while defending, impressive while attacking – Alonso has been a standout performer for the Blues this season and should start ahead of Emerson Palmieri, who did not look comfortable at the back.

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N’Golo Kante (RCM)

He is Chelsea’s engine in the midfield and should replace Ruben-Loftus Cheek, who hasn’t started in the Premier League this season.

Jorginho (CDM)

The summer recruit from Napoli has established himself as one of the most prolific passers of the ball in the Premier League and should start in place of Cesc Fabregas on Sunday.

Mateo Kovacic (LCM)

The Croatian set up Eden Hazard for the team’s opening goal against Liverpool with a wonderful through ball. He has been a livewire in the midfield and Sarri should hand him another start.

Pedro (RW)

The Spaniard returned to the XI in the Europa League game and should be looking to build on his early season form against Southampton on Sunday.

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Eden Hazard (LW)

He is Chelsea’s game changer and talisman in the final third; virtually an automatic selection for Sarri.

Olivier Giroud (ST)

Morata scored the winner in the Europa League but squandered loads of good chances and that should keep the Frenchman ahead in the pecking order.

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