UEFA CUP FINAL at Manchester, England, May 14, 2008

May 14, 2008 7:49 PM

by Kevin Stott |

Rangers vs. Zenit St. Petersburg (-160, LV Hilton): These two clubs made it to this game by pulling off upsets in the semifinals. The Rangers ousted Fiorentina, 4-2, in a shootout while Zenit defeated Bayern, 4-0 at home to advance on aggregate (5-1).

Pavel Pogrebniak scored twice for Zenit in the win but was assessed a yellow card, meaning hes out for the finals for the Russian team which is making its first trip to a European final. Zenit postponed its last four SPL games in order to get some valuable rest for the big match.

The beat-up Rangers have two big negatives going into this game. The first is that Zenit St. Petersburg is resting while the Rangers were forced to play three games in six days before this championship. The second is that the Rangers star goalkeeper, Allan McGregor, is out for the rest of the season and will miss this game. In his stead is Neil Alexander, who came to Ibrox from Ipswich in January and expected to spend the bulk of the season riding the pines. Now what? ZENIT ST. PETERBURG -160.