Europa League Group G Preview & Predictions – Rangers / Rapid Vienna / Spartak Moscow / Villarreal


* Had 3 managers last season
* Didn’t do well in the cups
* Steven Gerrard has been appointed manager this season
* Finished 3rd in the Scottish Premiership last season behind Aberdeen and Celtic
* Scored the most goals in the league – 76
* But also conceded 50 – that’s the area Gerrard has tried to address – twice as many as Celtic
* Only won 1 of their first 4 in the league this season
* Come through 4 rounds of qualifying to make the group stages
* Kept 4 clean sheets in 8 games

Rapid Vienna

* 3rd in the Austrian Bundesliga last season
* 21 point behind RB Salzburg
* Not won the league since 12/13
* Came through 2 rounds of qualifying to get to the group stage
* Good away from home – picked up 30 points on their travels
* Conceded the fewest goals away from home in the league last season

Spartak Moscow

* 3rd in the Russian Premier League last season
* Good at home – but away form let them down
* Won the Russian Super Cup
* Knocked out of the Champions League group stage – finished below Liverpool and Sevilla
* Then lost to Athletic Bilbao in the Europa League last 32
* Undefeated in the first 6 games this season
* Only conceded once in 6 games


* Finished 5th in La Liga last season – 12 points behind Valencia
* Didn’t do well in either Spanish Cup
* Top Scorer – Columbian Int. Carlos Bacca – 15 league goals
* Yet to win this season – drew 1 lost 2
* Made it to the Europa League Semi Final in 15/16 – lost to Liverpool 3-1


Rangers and Rapid Vienna had to both come through multiple rounds of qualifying
Spartak Moscow are strong and have been in the Champions League as recent as last year
Villarreal have not started the season well, but will pick up


Winner: Villarreal
Runner Up: Spartak Moscow
3rd: Rangers
4th: Rapid Vienna

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