PSV Eindhoven and Rangers are gearing up for a Champions League qualifying playoff second leg at Philips Stadion. A déjà vu moment, reminiscent of last year’s showdown, where both teams played out an 2-2 draw at Ibrox, sets the stage for an encounter that could propel one into the Champions League group stage.
The first leg saw the drama unfold as PSV’s resilience shone through with Luuk de Jong’s unforgettable shoulder-assisted goal in the dying moments. The Dutch Super Cup winners come to this encounter with an impressive 23-game unbeaten streak since their Europa League setback against Sevilla. A draw in the first leg broke their six-game winning spree but their stronghold at Philips Stadion remains intact with 13 wins and a draw in their last 14 home matches.
However, Rangers, led by Michael Beale, are not backing down. Their journey to the second leg boasts a six-game unbeaten run, punctuated with victories and net-rippling moments. Their history against PSV offers an interesting narrative too, having lost only once in their previous nine meetings.
In terms of team news, PSV has received a boost with the return of center-back Andre Ramalho, while Rangers continue to navigate without Steven Davis and Ridvan Yilmaz. The clash on the field promises tactical shifts and strategic maneuvers as both sides vie for that coveted spot in the Champions League group stage.
With both teams showcasing impressive unbeaten streaks, it’s anyone’s guess who will emerge victorious. PSV’s home advantage might give them an edge, but Rangers’ determination and recent form cannot be underestimated. The scales are evenly poised, setting the stage for a captivating showdown that could very well extend into extra time or penalties.