Van Bronckhorst plans to attack

Rangers boss Giovanni van Bronckhorst says his team will not sit back when they play Borussia Dortmund in the second leg in the Europa League playoff round (Rangers 16/5, Draw 16/5, Dortmund 3/4 – Match Betting).

The Gers secured a memorable 4-2 victory in the first leg last week, but they will still be wary of the threat from the Bundesliga giants.

Dortmund responded by thrashing Borussia Monchengladbach 6-0 last weekend, but instead of protecting their advantage, Van Bronckhorst thinks his side needs to take the game to Marco Rose’s troops.

He told reporters: “It is going to be a very exciting game and a game you want to play and coach in.

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“Sitting deep – sometimes you get moments in games when you have to, but I think what we did well last week was press a little bit higher at the right time, try to win the ball and be dangerous.

“But to begin the game and sit deep, I don’t think that is in our system, and so we have to avoid it.”

Both teams will be missing key players, with Erling Haaland sidelined for Dortmund, while Aaron Ramsey is unavailable for Rangers.

There are eight matches in total planned for Thursday, with Napoli vs Barcelona the pick of the ties (Napoli 17/10, Draw 12/5, Barcelona 8/5 – Match Betting).

The Italian outfit managed to secure a 1-1 draw against Xavi’s men at the Camp Nou, but the Spanish side will hope Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang can build on his hat-trick from last weekend.

Another Serie A side, Lazio, tackles Porto, but they will need to overturn a 2-1 deficit from the first leg. Real Betis sneaked past Zenit St Petersburg to win the first leg 3-2 and their second-leg tie could be another action-packed battle, while the same could be said about Real Sociedad and RB Leipzig’s match, following a 2-2 draw last week (Sociedad 9/5, Draw 5/2, RB Leipzig 29/20 – Match Betting).

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