In an absolute barnburner in Belgium last week, Rangers fought back from 2-1 down at half-time to win 4-3 thanks to a 90th-minute penalty and have control of this round of 32 tie. The Gers are flying domestically and look certain to end arch-rivals Celtic’s hunt for 10 league titles in a row. Steven Gerrard are 18 points clear after a 4-1 win at home at the weekend and they have won each of their last eight matches at Ibrox whilst keeping five clean sheets. These sides had never met before last week but Rangers did defeat another Belgian side in Standard Liege during the group stage and in fact, their winning streak at home began with a 3-2 win over Standard Liege back in December. Steven Gerrard’s side are currently on a 14-game unbeaten run and they have only lost one of their 41 matches this season since a 1-0 loss to Bayer Leverkusen in the last-16 of the Europa League last year.
Antwerp have their work cut out in the Belgian Jupiler league as they trail the league-leaders Club Brugge by 15 points and they have it all to do here if they are to make it to the round of 16. Antwerp are now winless in four after a 0-0 draw at home to St.Truiden at the weekend but they do have enough to threaten Rangers. Antwerp beat Tottenham 1-0 in the group stage back in October and they have scored in 10 of their last 11 games although I can’t see them keeping a clean sheet as their 0-0 draw on Sunday brought their first in seven games.