Scottish Premiership champions Rangers (RNG) travel to Germany to take on Borussia Dortmund (DOR) in the first leg of the UEFA Europa League 2021-22 knockout round play-offs at Signal Iduna Park on Thursday, February 17. The match will kick off at 11:15 PM IST.
DOR vs RNG Dream11 prediction
The German team has been extremely inconsistent this season, winning three of their last five games while losing twice. Rangers, on the other hand, have done well in the domestic circuit, but their record in the Europa League hasn’t been as inspiring. In their six league stage games in the Europa League, the team from Scotland managed a mere two wins which turned out to be enough for progress into the next round of the competition.
WIth that in mind, while Dortmund may have been inconsistent, we expect them to have enough power in their tank to beat Rangers on Thursday.
DOR vs RNG Dream11 team tips for UEFA Europa League 2021-22
Top tip: Best forward
With Erling Haaland doubtful for the match, Dortmund’s Donyell Malen becomes an automatic pick for a forward. The 23-year-old versatile frontman netted three goals in the UEFA Champions League and will look to carry his form in the other continental competition. It’s also interesting to note that the Dutch forward has recorded three assists in his last three Bundesliga games.
Top tip: Best midfielder
While Scott Wright is one option to consider, our recommendation for a midfielder is Dortmund captain Marco Reus. The 32-year-old has scored 11 goals and provided 10 assists across all competitions this season. Three of those 11 goals have come in the Champions League, making him a top pick for this Europa League match.
Top tip: Best defender and goalkeeper
Versatile defender Thomas Meunier of Borussia Dortmund is a must-have player for this game. The 30-year-old has recorded five assists in all competitions this season and is expected to be a big threat going forward for Dortmund. If not, one can also pick fullback Raphael Guerreiro, who is more than capable of making his presence felt going forward from the back for the German giants.
Dortmund’s rotational policy with keepers means Rangers’ Jon McLaughlin should become an ideal pick for a keeper. The 34-year-old veteran keeper has accumulated 30 fantasy points in the only game he has played in the Europa League this season.
DOR vs RNG probable playing XI
DOR playing XI (probable): Gregor Kobel (goalkeeper); Thomas Meunier, Manuel Akanji, Mats Hummels, Raphael Guerreiro; Julian Brandt, Mahmoud Dahoud, Jude Bellingham, Marco Reus (captain), Donyell Malen, Thorgan Hazard
RNG playing XI (probable): Jon McLaughlin (goalkeeper); James Tavernier (captain), Connor Goldson, Leon Balogun, Calvin Bassey; Steven Davis, Glen Kamara; Scott Arfield, Ryan Kent, Joe Aribo; Alfredo Morelos
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