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Shkupi Skopje v Rangers Prediction & Betting Tips – 17th July 2018

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Watch out for the kick off time on this one as it is a weird early one. Rangers have one foot in the second qualifying round after producing a 2-0 win in the first leg at Ibrox. It was a decent enough early summer showing for new Rangers boss Steven Gerrard even though they only got their second from the penalty spot deep into stoppage time. There was enough supremacy from the Gers to suggest that they are going to hold out. Read our Shkupi Skopje v Rangers betting tips for more.

Shkupi Skopje v Rangers Betting Odds*

Rangers 3/10
Draw 4/1
Shkupi Skopje
* (Betting Odds were taken from July 15th, 2018 at 7:16 p.m.)

Rangers News and Form

It looked for much of this contest that Rangers were going to have to settle for a 1-0 scoreline, which last season wasn’t enough in the end to overcome the challenge of Luxembourg’s Progres Niederkorn. Rangers started really brightly in the second half in their first competitive match of the summer got their opener midway through the first half from Jamie Murray. They will have been a little disappointed that the second half of the game just saw everything go flat and they really couldn’t push on against their Macedonian opponents. They did look comfortable at the back though and Rangers to win to nil is at 21/20 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from July 15th, 2018 at 7:16 p.m.).

But instead of having another nervous encounter to deal with only at 1-0, they got a second in the 92nd minute of the game when James Tavernier, the best player for Rangers on the night, stepped up and slotted home a penalty. So that gives them a nice enough cushion to take with them to the second leg on Tuesday night. It is not too likely that this is going to be a high-scoring affair so it is worth looking under 2.5 goals at 27/20 for the match* (Betting Odds were taken from July 15th, 2018 at 7:16 p.m.) even though Skopje do have to come out and just throw everything at this tie to try and rescue the situation. As soon as Rangers dropped off in that second half it did allow Skopje to get a couple of chances.

Shkupi Skopje News and Form

This is a big season for FC Shkupi who are in their first ever European campaign. ON the evidence of the first legit probably isn’t going to last very long. They finished fourth on the domestic front last season to get here. FC Shkupi came about after a merge back in 2012 between two other clubs and like Rangers, this was their first outing of the summer. It was always going to be a tough first leg for them out on the road at Ibrox and they are unlikely to turn this around. We are going with Both Teams NOT To Score for 3/4 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from July 15th, 2018 at 7:16 p.m.) for the second leg. This is just going to be about game management for the Gers.

Shkupi Skopje v Rangers Head to Head

The first leg was the first-ever meeting between the two sides. The winner of the tie will face either Petrocub Hîncești or Osijek in the second qualifying round.

Who will win – Shkupi Skopje v Rangers Predictions

We didn’t see much from Skopje to suggest that they are going to turn this tie around back no home soil. They really didn’t threaten Rangers much and even if they try and come out early to get the Scottish side under pressure, it’s not likely to happen for them. Under 2.5 goals is our betting tip for Shkupi Skopje v Rangers.

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* All mentioned odds were valid at the time of writing. Betting odds are subject to fluctuations. Please check the current odds with the respective bookmaker!

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