It has been confirmed that Glasgow Rangers will face Bayer Leverkusen either on August 5th or 6th in their Europa League round of 16 second leg, with the game taking place at the BayArena or at another ground in Germany.
The current pandemic has not only wreaked havoc in regards to the domestic leagues across Europe, but also in the continental competitions. In fact, playing out the remainder of the Europa League and the Champions League is even more problematic considering the current travel restrictions that are still in place.
However, it has now been confirmed that the Gers will play Die Werkself at the start of August, either at the German outfit’s home stadium or somewhere else in Germany.
If the game is played at the BayArena, the Gers could be provided with a surprise boost. In the Bundesliga, home advantage has dropped significantly since the league returned from its suspension – before this midweek’s round of fixtures, only 21% of matches had been won by the home side instead of 43% previously, whilst Leverkusen themselves have conceded four goals at home on two occasions in the past few weeks, against Wolfsburg and Bayern Munich.
Can Rangers turn it around against Bayer Leverkusen?
Of course, that may not translate to the Europa League, and the Gers already trail 3-1, but an empty stadium could play into their hands. They could well be hoping the match is played where it should be after all.
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