Rangers will begin their latest quest to try and close the gap on their rivals Celtic. It was a second-place finish in the league that the Gers took last season, nine points behind Celtic. They are out on the road to start with, a tricky game against Killie who finished just one place behind Rangers last season in the standings. Read our predictions for Kilmarnock v Rangers.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on July 28th, 2019 at 8:53 p.m.)
Killie posted a W12 D2 L5 record on home soil last season. They did manage to avoid defeat against Rangers along the way, so they will have the belief that they can get something out of this fixture. Kilmarnock have already been rocked this season though. They were upset in the Europa League first qualifying round against Welsh side Connah’s Quay. Killie had taken a 2-1 away win in the first leg but crumbled under pressure, losing 2-0 back at McDiarmid Park.
What kind of a wake-up call would that have been for them? It was such a huge blow after working so hard to get their third-place finish in last season’s Premiership. Kilmarnock scored an average of 1.7 goals per home game last season, collecting a clean sheet in 37%. All five of the home defeats which they suffered were by a one-goal margin only. Seven of their twelve home wins were recorded by a margin of at least two goals.
Killie took back to back 2-1league home wins over Rangers last season
From seven meetings last season Kilmarnock went W2 D3 L2
Both teams scored in five of the seven meetings last season
Rangers are winless in their last three trips to McDiarmid Park (D1 L2)
Rangers have been in European action as well. They thumped St Josephs 10-0 in the first qualifying round of the Europa League before going to battle against Progres Niedercorn. The overall record that Rangers took in last season’s Premiership was W23 D9 L6. There were just too many dropped points at crucial times by them to mount a serious threat to Celtic’s title dominance. Will they be able to press on and get closer this time around?
Five of the six losses that Rangers suffered in the top flight last season happened away from home. They finished the season with a W9 D5 L5 record on their travels. A huge positive for them was they scored an average of just under two goals per away game. They just couldn’t replicate their superb home defensive record though away from Ibrox. Their big summer signing has been defender Filip Helander from Bologna for over four million pounds.
Rangers win: There is a temptation to consider Kilmarnock here because of how they handled themselves against Rangers last season. But their misfire against Connah’s Quay is still fresh in the mind. It may be a good time for Rangers to be heading there. Rangers to win & both teams to score.
1st August 2019 / lee - Category: European Football Betting
Kilmarnock have a slight advantage in this Europa League tie after they secured a 2-1 win in the first leg of this Europa League first qualifying round tie. They get home advantage for the second part of this tie and will be expected to have an easy time of progressing from here. Read our Kilmarnock v Connahs Quay betting tips for more.
Connahs Quay 10/1
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on July 15th, 2019 at 7:16 p.m.)
Kilmarnock then have a lead in this tie with a 2-1 win from the away leg. So while the scoreline is narrow, home advantage is now in their court. Their win only came though via a stoppage-time goal after 90 minutes of some frustration. This is a big pre-season for Kilmarnock as it is their first venture into Europe since the 2001/02 season in the UEFA CUP. They came through a qualification round against Glenavon on that occasion but were eliminated from the first qualifying round against Norwegian side Norway. Kilmarnock have won two of their last four European home games (D1 L1). Their overall record in the UEFA Cup/Europa League is P13 W5 D2 L6.
The first leg of this tie was the first game between the two clubs
The Nomads actually took the lead in his tie. That was when Killie’s Grey Taylor put through his own net with just under a quarter of an hour to go. But the Welsh side couldn’t hold on. Almost, but not quite. However, they played a very strong physical game did Quay. But they will be well aware of the size of the task ahead of them now in the second leg up in Scotland. This is the fourth time that they have been in the qualification rounds of the Europa League, the fourth consecutive season of being so. Their record in Europe is W2 D1 L6 from nine played. Their only success in a tie was in their first-ever Europa League tie, a 2016 first qualifying round duel with Norway’s Stabaek which the Nomads won 1-0 on aggregate.
Scottish Premiership side Kilmarnock will be hoping for a comfortable ride through back on home soil. They will probably have been caught out a little bit by the physicality of their opponents in the first leg. They can get a stronger grip back at home. Killie to win to nil.
16th July 2019 / lee - Category: Europa League Betting
Kilmarnock need to match whatever result that Aberdennon manage on the final day of action to book themselves a top three place. The importance of that will be qualification for the Europa League first qualifying round next season. Rangers have already booked that as they will finish second in the table. Read our Kilmarnock v Rangers betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on May 15th, 2019 at 8:03 p.m.)
Kilmarnock have taken back to back 1-0 wins in the league, knocking down Hearts and Hibernian. It has been such a good season from them and they have a bit of home form going as well. They have won three of their last four on home soil, the one exception in that run of games being a loss against Aberdeen. The overall home form of Kilmarnock this season is W11 D2 L5. Can they get on more positive that will guarantee them a place in Europe next season?
If the finish fourth, then they would make it to the Europa League qualifiers if Celtic win the Scottish FA Cup. Killie have averaged 1.7 goals per home fixture for the campaign but it is their defence which has been really impressive. They have conceded at under a goal per game, shipping just the 13 goals in their 18 home fixtures. There has been a clean sheet produced from them in 39% of their home games. Of the wins at Rugby Park that they have produced, seven of the eleven have been by a margin of at least two goals.
This will be the seventh game between Rangers and Killie this season
Rangers are W2 D3 L1 against Kilmarnock this season
Kilmarnock took 2-1 home league win over Rangers in January
Rangers are winless in their last three league games at Rugby Park (D1 L2)
The Gers got themselves a great home win over Celtic last weekend, a 2-0 scoreline happening there for Steven Gerrard’s men. They have won their last two away games in the Premiership as well, scoring exactly three goals in wins over Hearts and Motherwell. That is part of their current six-match winning streak overall home and away in the league at the moment. This season Rangers have posted a W9 D5 L4 record on their top-flight travels.
Rangers have averaged two goals per away game with them conceding at an average of exactly a goal per game. 61% of Rangers’ away games have ended over 2.5 goals. They are W2 D1 L1 in their last four out on the road though. The Gers have scored in each of their last nine road games and they have been leading at halftime in 10 of their 18 road games. They will be finishing in second place regardless of whatever happens in this one.
These two are going to be sick of each other at the end of the season. There really hasn’t been much between the two sides at all, and given that Killie do have a bit of home form going over Rangers, it has to at least be worth backing them in a double chance.
15th May 2019 / lee - Category: European Football Betting