Rangers will need their home fans to be the twelfth man as they go in search of a vital first-leg advantage in this last 16 tie tonight.
And with the coronavirus outbreak causing the second leg to be played behind closed doors – a decision that Leverkusen boss Peter Bosz said ‘devalues’ the competition – sets this one up to be a pulsating affair at Ibrox.
A home win would really give Rangers a boost after an indifferent spell in the league.
Steve Gerrard’s men are 23/10 to bag the win and are 9/2 to win with Both Teams to Score.
They’re 11/4 to qualify from the tie but Leverkusen are 11/10 on to net the victory tonight and a short 1/4 to advance to the quarter finals. The draw is at 5/2.
Gerrard will be sweating on the fitness of skipper James Tavernier and midfielder Ryan Jack who are both struggling with knee problems.
But Alfredo Morelos’ return from a one-match European ban is perfect timing with Jermain Defoe still out.
Ianis Hagi and Ryan Kent have excelled in this competition so far and will be a real threat to the German side.
Bayer are without crocked striker Kevin Volland and Sven Bender so will rely heavily on Kerim Demirbay and star man Kai Havertz to run the show.
Leverkusen will have to be on Morelos Watch, with the Colombian already notching 14 goals this campaign. He’s 8/5 to score anytime tonight with team-mate Florian Kamberi at 9/4 to hit the onion bag.
Hagi is a 3/1 to get on the scoresheet, with Kent at 9/1 to open the scoring.
Havertz is 15/8 to score for Leverkusen with fellow attackers Leon Bailey at 11/5 and Moussa Diaby at 13/5.
Demirbay has said he’s looking forward to playing in front of the famous, raucous Ibrox crowd but is 3/1 to silence them with a goal.
Where: Ibrox, Glasgow
When: 8:00pm, Thursday 12th March 2020
How to watch: BT Sport 3
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.