Rangers v Slavia Prague: Is it on TV, kick-off time, online stream, who to watch, form guide, Europa League odds

It’s unusual for Rangers to go seven days without a game this season – but that’s exactly how long will have passed by the time their second leg tie with Slavia Prague in the Europa League last 16 kicks off.

Thursday night’s match follows the first leg last Thursday where the sides played out a 1-1 draw in the Czech capital but with a week to prepare and a place in the quarter finals at stake – it promises to be a big night under the lights at Ibrox with the aggregate score finely poised at 1-1

Here’s all you need to know ahead of Thursday’s game.

Sign up to our Football newsletter

Sign up to our Football newsletter

Match details

Who: Rangers v Slavia Prague

What: UEFA Europa League – knock-out stage – last 16, second leg

Where: Ibrox Stadium, Glasgow

When: 8pm, Thursday March 18, 2021

Rangers' Joe Aribo (R) and Slavia's Abdallah Sima during the UEFA Europa League Round of 16 1st Leg between Slavia Prague and Rangers at the Sinobo Stadium, Prague on March 11, 2021, in Prague, Czech Republic. (Photo by Lukas Kabon / SNS Group)
Rangers' Joe Aribo (R) and Slavia's Abdallah Sima during the UEFA Europa League Round of 16 1st Leg between Slavia Prague and Rangers at the Sinobo Stadium, Prague on March 11, 2021, in Prague, Czech Republic. (Photo by Lukas Kabon / SNS Group)

How to watch

BT Sports have the European football rights in the UK which means it’s BT Sport 3 (Sky channel 413) for Rangers fans. The programme coverage begins at 7.15pm and will also be available to stream via the BT Sport app.

Viewers with an EE mobile phone could be able to tune in free with an offer from the company, by texting SPORT to 150.

Opposition Form

Rangers' Filip Helander (centre) celebrates making it 1-1 with his teammates during the UEFA Europa League Round of 16 1st Leg between Slavia Prague and Rangers at the Sinobo Stadium, Prague on March 11, 2021, in Prague, Czech Republic. (Photo by Lukas Kabon / SNS Group)

Two undefeated sides domestically could not be beaten when the sides clashed last week at the Sinobo Stadium.

Rangers’ record remained with no game at the weekend but Slavia added another win – 3-1 against Mlada Boleslav. Slavia, also won an astonishing 10-3 earlier this month shortly after a 2-0 success over Leicester City at the Kingpower Stadium.

Slavia have lost on the road this season though to Bayer Leverkusen, FC Midjtyland and Hapoel Be’er Sheva.

Who to Watch

Rangers' goalkeeper Allan McGregor made a dramatic late save during the UEFA Europa League Round of 16 1st Leg between Slavia Prague and Rangers at the Sinobo Stadium, Prague on March 11, 2021, in Prague, Czech Republic. (Photo by Lukas Kabon / SNS Group)

Abdallah Dipo Sima had a quieter than usual game against Rangers last week – but still had the chance to show his capabilities. Man to watch last week was Romanian midfielder Nicolae Stanciu – the 27-year-old who is close friends with international team-mate Ianis Hagi. He opened the scoring last week but Slavia showed their threat across the pitch last week.

They’re a bit more concerned about the state of the Ibrox pitch at the moment with the lockdown and then amount of football and rain on the surface taking its toll recently.

Previous Meetings

Until last week Rangers had never faced Slavia Prague – only city rivals Sparta and Dukla. They had also never scored on Czech soil until Fillip Helander tapped in from close range.

Allan McGregor’s wonder-save at the end of last week’s match ensured there was not another defeat registered and the record books were righted.

Read more

Stephen Halliday’s Europa League reaction after Allan McGregor’s wonder save in Prague – shades of 2008 – click here

David Oliver’s player ratings from Rangers’ 1-1 draw – click here

Odds

Rangers 11/8 (McBookie) Draw 9/4 (Betfred) Slavia Prague 11/5 (Bet365, William Hill)

First goal scorer: Abdallah Sima 8/1 (betway), Jan Kuchta 15/2 (betway) Alfredo Morelos 6/1 (betway)

Half-time and Full-time: Rangers-Rangers 14/5 (McBookie, Boylesports), Rangers-Draw 15/1 (McBookie), Slavia Prague–Draw 15/1 (McBookie), Draw-Rangers 9/2 (Various)

A message from the Editor:

Thank you for reading this article. We're more reliant on your support than ever as the shift in consumer habits brought about by coronavirus impacts our advertisers.

If you haven't already, please consider supporting our trusted, fact-checked journalism by taking out a digital subscription.