Group G – Kick-off 19:45 (BST)
Rangers host Stuttgart in a must-win game for both teams, as the Group G stragglers attempt to boost their flagging campaigns.
Rangers boss Walter Smith expects a tough match from a side whose form he says “it’s not for us to judge”, and he hopes to “at least to be involved in European football post-Christmas”.
“It’s been a strange season for us in the Champions League,” said Smith. “We have taken a couple of points in our away games and produced two good performances. However, we’ve not had any points from our home games and, in fact, suffered two heavy defeats.
“But the most important thing is that we’re in a situation where we can still qualify for the last 16, or at least to be involved in European football post-Christmas. That’s our aim.
“We know Stuttgart will give us a tough game, and it’s not for us to judge their form. They have some high quality players. It can often happen that clubs aren’t doing so well domestically, but thrive in the Champions League. It can become a focal point for them. But, hopefully, we’ll also have something to be fighting for in the last game in Seville.”
Stuttgart coach Markus Babbel has not given up hope of overhauling second-placed Unirea Urziceni.
“The team did a fantastic job to finish third in the Bundesliga last season,” he said. “Now we want to make the most of that by progressing to the last 16. Of course, we are having some problems in our domestic league, but this is a different competition.
“The quality is quite high in the German league. We’ve been creating a lot of chances, we have been playing well, but we haven’t been scoring enough goals. Hopefully, we can rectify that against Rangers.
” I’m confident because we know Rangers have to do something. I feel we are ready and we’re going to fight for three points. Overall the quality of the teams in the Champions League is higher than six or seven years ago. Even the so-called smaller teams have been pretty impressive. In our group, three clubs are still fighting for second place.”