Rangers vs Newcastle United. Prediction and Preview. Probable Lineups, Team News, Stats and more
Rangers FC will host Newcastle United FC in the friendly pre-season match at Ibrox Stadium. The fixture will take place on June 19, beginning at 00:15 IST.
What can we expect this Wednesday night? Parimatch News will tell you everything you need to know ahead of the upcoming match.
Rangers News & Current Form:
Rangers, regrettably, fell short in their quest to mount a comparable challenge against Celtic FC for the coveted Scottish Premiership crown in the previous season, ultimately succumbing to a 7-point deficit at the close of proceedings. Nevertheless, the esteemed Glaswegian contingent maintains its preeminent stature as Scotland’s most illustrious football institution, basking in the glory of an impressive tally of 55 league titles, while their arch-rivals, Celtic, languish marginally behind with 53 to their name.
In addition to their league shortcomings, the valiant Teddy Bears have experienced a noticeable downturn in fortunes when pitted against their archetypal adversary in both the Scottish Cup and Scottish League Cup. Despite enduring a season fraught with disappointment, the current mentor, Michael Beale, has been accorded another opportunity to validate his acumen. Notably, the team exhibits a captivating proclivity towards an enterprising and dominant (avg. possession – 66.8%; allowing only 2.5 shots on target Against on avg.), attacking style of play (averaging 7.05 shots on target per 90), which has yielded an astonishing statistical revelation — three or more goals were scored in a staggering 74% of matches involving Rangers, a marked contrast to the comparatively modest figure of 47% recorded by their forthcoming counterpart, Newcastle. However, the Glaswegian outfits have struggled to maintain balance and stability, resulting in an alarming forfeiture of vital points in a blink of an eye. This critical aspect will undoubtedly warrant the coach’s utmost attention during the pre-season.
Past seasons have incontrovertibly demonstrated that, even when confronted with resources deemed inferior to those of Celtic, it is feasible to orchestrate a resounding exhibition of success. A glaring testament to this fact resides in the bygone campaigns, where the indomitable Light Blues, under the tutelage of Steven Gerrard, emerged as undisputed champions after navigating the entirety of the arduous 20/21 odyssey unscathed. Remarkably, even in the subsequent 22/23 endeavor, following Stevie’s departure, Rangers astoundingly clinched a berth in the final of the UEFA Europa League while concurrently securing the Scottish Cup triumph.
The magnitude of their ambition remains irrefutably palpable, notwithstanding the club’s restrained approach to the transfer market, which has thus far witnessed a mere outlay on two strikers:
- Cyriel Dessers (28, CF, US Cremonese, Italy Serie B, £4.20m fee);
- Sam Lammers (26, CF, Atalanta BC, Italy Serie A, £2.92m fee);
- Dujon Sterling (23, RB, Chelsea FC U21, England, Free transfer);
- Kieran Dowell (25, AM, Norwich City, EFL Championship, Free transfer);
- Jack Butland (30, GK, Crystal Palace, EPL, Free transfer);
- Leon Balogun (35, CB, Queens Park Rangers, EFL Championship, Free transfer);
- Abdallah Sima (22, RW, Brighton & Hove Albion, EPL, Unknown fee).
What shall we envisage from the tenacious Scots in this forthcoming contest? Rest assured, Rangers shall not be content to retreat into a defensive shell during this enthralling encounter. Instead, fueled by an unwavering motivation to measure their mettle against one of the eminent powerhouses of the English Premier League, they are primed to engage in a captivating battle amidst the fervent support of a formidable 50,000-strong home crowd who will grace the stands with their passionate fervor.
Newcastle United News & Current Form:
Ever since the advent of affluent Arab investors assuming control of the club, Newcastle has undergone a meteoric transformation. The Magpies, exhibiting remarkable prowess, clinched a remarkable 4th-place finish in the English Premier League during the preceding season, securing a four-point advantage over Liverpool and thereby securing a coveted spot in the hallowed grounds of the UEFA Champions League group stage. As the new season beckons, Eddie Howe’s resolute ensemble aspires to surpass their prior accomplishments, fortified by an already well-constructed and harmonious squad.
Simultaneously, the team has undertaken substantial renovations during the summer transfer window. Notably, the key performers have been retained within their ranks, with the Black and Whites orchestrating substantial investments to secure the services of AC Milan midfielder Sandro Tonali for a considerable fee of £55 million, while Yankuba Minteh arrived for a fee of £6.1 million. However, the latter is destined for a loan spell at Feyenoord until the culmination of the 23/24 season. Furthermore, a noteworthy €14.6 million sum was garnered from the departure of Chris Wood, whose inclusion was not part of the English manager’s strategic blueprint, ultimately finding a new home at Nottingham Forest.
Newcastle United’s pre-season preparations encompassed a solitary friendly encounter against a representative from the fifth tier of English football, Gateshead. As anticipated, the Magpies opted to field a second or perhaps even a third-string lineup, leading to a concession of two goals in the first half. Nonetheless, through astute substitutions, Newcastle successfully reversed the tide of the contest, eventually emerging triumphant with a hard-fought 3-2 victory.
In the upcoming game, the representatives of the English Premier League should show more composure, making work on their mistakes, and the head coach in turn will fine-tune a few cogs of his system in order to try to find the optimum in relation to the team’s configuration.
The intent harbored by the lads hailing from the Northeast of England is unequivocally ambitious, with a resolute desire to make a resounding impact within the realms of European competition in the forthcoming campaign. Furthermore, they aim to instill significant competition across all available tournaments, particularly in the illustrious EPL. They have everything they need in their arsenal to realise these aspirations. Pertaining to the impending encounter, we can confidently posit that Newcastle shall ardently adopt a maximalist approach to their attacking endeavors, a stylistic imprint expertly ingrained within the team by their esteemed current coach. Rest assured, the team shall unearth the requisite ingenuity to fashion and convert scoring opportunities with resounding efficacy.
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Rangers form guide (friendlies): D-W
Newcastle United form guide (friendlies): W
Rangers vs Newcastle United Head-To-Head Record:
Rangers vs Newcastle United Predicted XI:
Rangers possible starting lineup (4-3-1-2): McGregor; Tavernier, Souttar, Balogun, Barisic; Jack, Lundstram, Hagi; Sima, Lammers, Cantwell.
Newcastle United possible starting lineup (4-3-3): Darlow; Trippier, Manquillo, Burn, Targett; Anderson, Longstaff, Ritchie; Saint-Maximin, Ndiweni, Turner-Cooke.
Statistical preview of the match Rangers vs Newcastle United:
- Rangers scored 93 goals (2.45 per 90 minutes on average) in 38 games in the last Scottish Premiership, while the Magpies converted 68 chances (1.79 per 90 minutes on average) in 38 rounds in the EPL;
- Rangers have a 6-match unbeaten streak (5 wins + 1 draw);
- Four of the last five Rangers matches have seen a total more than 2.5 goals scored;
- Rangers have lost only 1 of their last eight home matches, winning 6 times; Newcastle have a 5-match unbeaten streak (2 wins + 3 draws);
- Four of the last five Newcastle matches have seen an exchange of goals while in 3 of them it was registered at least 3.5 goals scored in total;
- Newcastle have a 4-match unbeaten away series (2 wins + 2 draws).
Rangers vs Newcastle United Prediction:
There is still a lot of time left before the season starts, yet the teams are already in full swing after coming back from rest. In this duel, the sides can afford to play aggressively in attack, as there is nothing to lose, while at the same time, the players want to impress their coaches stating they are the ones who should be at the core. We expect that the packed Ibrox Stadium will be brightened by an action-packed play full of scoring chances, which will lead to the exchange of goals, at the same time there will be little sense to think about the defence too much, and therefore the total number of goals scored may reach 3 or more.
Parimatch News staff prediction:
We say: both teams will score and the match total will be over 2,5 – Yes.