Rangers head into some competitive action in the first qualifying round of the Europa League. We aren’t likely to see a full strength side out in this one by them as they make the trip to Gibraltar. St Joseph came through the qualifying first round. Read our St Josephs v Rangers betting tips for more.
St Josephs 20/1
* (Betting Odds were taken from William Hill on July 7th, 2019 at 3:49 a.m.)
This fixture has been scheduled for Tuesday because of St Joseph’s ground isn’t suitable for European matches by UEFA’s standards. So they are going to be playing this at the Victoria Stadium (home of the Gibraltar National Team) because another team (Europa) is playing there in the Europa League on Thursday.
St Josephs came through the challenge of Prishtina (who was reduced to nine men in the second leg of their tie) to get through their preliminary qualification round with a 3-1 win. This is the second time that they have been in the Europa League 1st Qualifying Round. They lost 10-0 on aggregate against AEL Limassol in 2017. Their overall record in the Europa League (all qualifiers) is W1 D3 L2.
Last season Rangers made it all the way from the first qualifying round into the group stage of the main draw. They didn’t make it any further. In the season before that, they lost in a shocker against Progres Niederkorn in the first qualifying round. But their run last year under Steven Gerrard through the qualifiers was solid and unspectacular as you would expect.
Their overall record in the UEFA Cup/Europa League is W39 D28 L28. Rangers have been busy in pre-season beating Mansfield, TNS and then putting a 5-0 win over Oxford on the board on Sunday in some friendly action. A clean sheet for Rangers is at 3/10* (Betting Odds were taken from William Hill on July 7th, 2019 at 3:49 a.m.).
This should be a routine game for Rangers. Their understrength teams have looked relatively sharp in their pre-season friendly work. They shouldn’t find the going tough against St Josephs who finished third in their league last year. Rangers to win to nil.
8th 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
It is the penultimate day of the season and the scheduling brings about an Old Firm derby. That is some way to draw the curtains on the season. There is nothing at stake here but pride, as Celtic have already scooped up the league title yet again, while Rangers have locked down second place. Read our Rangers v Celtic betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on May 8th, 2019 at 4:40 p.m.)
Rangers have put together a fine streak of form at the end of the season. They are now on a five-match winning streak in the top flight, having conceded just the one goal in that run of games. Their only loss in their last fourteen league fixtures happened at Celtic right at the end of March. Earlier this season when Rangers hosted their rivals in the league, they did get the better of them with a 1-0 success. Can they pull off a repeat result?
Rangers have won their last three on home soil and they are unbeaten in their last ten Premiership home games. Their overall home record for the season is W13 D4 L1 and they have averaged 2.4 goals per home game this season. Their defence has also been tremendous. They have taken a clean sheet in 61% of all home games played, having shipped just seven goals at Ibrox in the top flight. Of their thirteen homes win, ten of them have been by a one-goal margin. Rangers have opened the scoring in 15 of 18 home fixtures.
Celtic are W2 L1 in their three league games against the Gers this season
Rangers earned a 1-0 home success at Ibrox earlier in the season
Both teams have scored in just two of the last eight meetings in all competitions
Four of the last five meetings have ended in a win for the home team
Once again Celtic have won the league title. They have won their last two league games, not conceding in either of those. Actually Celtic are on a five-match stretch of clean sheets and in total, they have conceded just one goal in their last eight games. Considering that they have met Aberdeen twice and Rangers once in that sequence, says a lot about their strengths. Celtic have won six of their last seven away games and again the clean sheets have stacked up. They have not conceded in any of their last four road games. It’s been one goal against in their last seven on the road.
The overall away record of Celtic this season in the Premiership is W10 D4 L4 and they have averaged 1.7 goals per away game. They have conceded just the 11 goals on their travels, earning a clean sheet in 61% of their road fixtures. Just 39% of their away games have made it over 2.5 goals. Of the four defeats which they have suffered this season, three of them have been by a one-goal margin. Celtic are currently undefeated in their last sixteen league games now, home and away. Of the goals which they have conceded on their travels, 73% of them have been in the second half of games.
The meetings between the two Glasgow rivals have been tight this season and there’s no reason to expect anything else. Neither are playing for anything, but because this is Rangers with the home soil advantage, they may have an extra pep in their step to push for the win.
8th May 2019 / lee - Category: European Football Betting
It is about pride at this point for Rangers. They go into the weekend’s Old Firm derby a massive 10 points behind league leaders Celtic. With a drop off in form, the Gers have let their rivals pull further and further ahead. Will Celtic open the gap even wider on home soil against them on the weekend? Read our Celtic v Rangers betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on March 27th, 2019 at 4:50 p.m.)
Celtic’s form can’t be faulted at all. They are now W9 D1 in their last ten Premiership fixtures. The drawn game in that sequence happened in their last home game, a 0-0 draw against third-placed Aberdeen. Celtic are W14 D1 L0 at home this season in the top flight and in those games, they have averaged 2.7 goals per fixture. Celtic have only shipped 5 goals in their 15 home fixtures.
That is a clean sheet in 73% of home games from the Bhoys this season. Still, 60% of games at Celtic Park have made it over 2.5 goals. Celtic have won 67% of their home games to nil. Only three of their home success in the league have been by a one-goal margin. Celtic have also been winning at half time in 10 of their 15 games. The Bhoys have scored in all home fixtures this season.
The two have traded 1-0 home wins in this season’s top flight
Both teams have scored in just one of the last seven meetings in all competitions
Rangers have won just one of their last 16 Old Firm derby matches
Celtic haven’t conceded in their last four home games against Rangers (W3 D1)
Rangers haven’t been able to keep up the pace. They have drawn three of their last five played (W2) which has proven costly. So even though they are on a good eight-match undefeated streak of form at the moment, it’s not been enough to reel in their rivals. In their last four away games in the Premiership Rangers are at W3 D1 L1. They have scored a total of 13 in that sequence of fixtures.
Their real turning point happened in a 2-1 loss at Kilmarnock at the end of January on their return from the winter break. Going into the winter break they had just claimed a win over Celtic. Each of Rangers’ three away losses this season have been by a one-goal margin only. The Gers have been leading at the halftime break in 8 of their road games. They are currently on a four match undefeated streak on their travels. Rangers have scored 62% of their away goals in the first period of fixtures.
Celtic should have the upper hand once again on home soil against their big rivals. This is likely going to be a low scoring encounter again. Celtic to win to nil looks a pretty solid proposition.
29th March 2019 / lee - Category: European Football Betting
The third Premiership Old Firm derby then of the season will be here on the weekend, and it has already been announced that these two will be meeting up in the semi-finals of the Scottish Cup as well. This is a battle between the top two in the Scottish Premiership and Rangers really need to bust out a win at Ibrox on Sunday to try and reel the leaders into just the three points, even though Celtic will still have a game in hand.
Celtic 17/20, Draw 13/5, Rangers 3/1* (Betting Odds taken at 00:22 p.m. on February 20th, 2018)
It has been an excellent season for Rangers who are currently running on a four-match winning streak in the top flight. They have been scoring freely as well and they have netted at least two goals in six of their last seven games played. At home, they are won three of their last four (L1) and each of the wins in that sequence were by a 2-0 scoreline. If that was to happen in this one it would make the title race interesting but at bet365 a Rangers 2-0 scoreline is out at 20/1 odds with the shortest option being the 1-1 draw at 11/2* (Betting Odds taken at 6:43 p.m. on February 20th, 2018). The Gers are W7 D2 L5 at home this season where they have averaged 1.6 goals per game and have conceded at just over a goal per games. Including this one, there are just four games of the season left before the split happens so this would be a huge move for Rangers if they get the three points. The Gers have scored in each of their last seven at home and both teams to score at Bet365 is at 3/4 odds.
Celtic have only gone W1 D1 L1 in their last three league games now so they have been having a bit of a stutter. They have gone W3 L2 in their last three away games in the league and away from Celtic Park this season in the top flight, the Bhoys are W10 D2 L2. So there should be a window of opportunity for Rangers here. Celtic have scored at least two goals in three of their last four road games and over 2.5 goals at bet365 is at 19/20* (Betting Odds taken at 6:43 p.m. on February 20th, 2018). Celtic have no issues with their scoring rate at all of course and they have averaged 1.8 goals per away game so far. Defensively they have been great on the road as well, having conceded at well under a goal per game on average. Only two of the wins they have posted away from home this season have been by a one-goal margin, everything else has been bigger. 70% of the goals that they have conceded away from home have come in the second half of matches. Celtic have opened the scoring in all but four of their away games this season and their most frequent away result this term is a 2-0 scoreline in their favour, which has happened four times. They have earned a clean sheet in exactly half of their away games.
This will be the second meeting this season between them at Ibrox, with Celtic winning 2-0 there back in September. When they met at Celtic Park in December there was a gritty 0-0 draw played out. Celtic are W6 D2 L0 in their last eight games against Rangers in all competitions so have a clear advantage in the head to head. Celtic have won their last two league visits to Ibrox as well.
With Celtic just a little off pace at the moment it may be worth backing Rangers to pull out something big on the day and get the home win in the bag. It would certainly make things a little interesting before the pending split.
28th February 2019 / lee - Category: Betting Advice
There is a big top three clash coming up in the Scottish Premiership on Wednesday evening. Second-placed Rangers will be looking to try and keep some momentum going as they try everything to reel in leaders Celtic. Aberdeen would jump above the Gers if they were to land the home victory. Read our Aberdeen v Rangers betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on February 3rd, 2019 at 8:23 p.m.)
This is a fixture which Aberdeen cannot allow to let slip through their fingers, or else they will lose touch with the top two. On the weekend Aberdeen collected a 2-1 victory at them on a four-match undefeated streak of form. Actually, Aberdeen have only suffered the one defeat in their last nine Premiership fixtures, and that was back on Boxing Day when they lost by a one-goal margin at home against Celtic. Aberdeen have been fairly consistent in front of goal having scored at least two goals now in eight of their last nine top-flight games.
Overall this season on home soil Aberdeen have returned figures of W7 D2 L3. In that sequence of games, they have averaged just a shade under two goals per game on average. Less than half of their home fixtures have made it over 2.5 goals. Aberdeen have earned a clean sheet in 42% of their home fixtures this season and have two in their last three on home soil. Six times this season on home soil have Aberdeen been winning at the halftime break. Of goals which they have conceded at home this term, 62% have been in the second period of fixtures. Rangers and Celtic are the only two sides who have scored more League goals than Aberdeen the season.
Aberdeen have a W2 D1 record against Rangers this season
Each of the last five meetings have ended under 2.5 goals
Aberdeen are currently undefeated in four games in all competitions against Rangers W2 D2
Rangers are unbeaten in their last four League visits to Pittodrie (W2 D2)
Rangers have secured back-to-back League wins (both with a clean sheet as well) after earning a big 4-0 victory at home against St Mirren on the weekend. That is seven unanswered goals that Rangers have produced in their last two fixtures. Four of the last five League wins Rangers have produced have been with a clean sheet. That includes their important 1-0 home win over Celtic in late December. Overall this season away from home Rangers have a W5 D4 L3 record.
Rangers have produced 1.6 goals per game on average on their travels, and they have been very tight at the back conceding at an average of a goal per game. Rangers have earned a clean sheet in exactly quarter of their away games. Just twice this season on their travels have Rangers been losing at the halftime break. Home and away combined they have scored in each of their last six Premiership games and each of their last three on the road have ended up over 2.5 goals. In their last five away games Rangers are at W-2 D2 L1.
Aberdeen will know the importance of not losing this game and so they have to be strong and focused on home soil. Rangers have been far from perfect on their travels and the Dons can at least get a point out of this fixture. Aberdeen double chance.
4th February 2019 / lee - Category: European Football Betting
It is a heavyweight clash in the Scottish Premiership on Saturday lunchtime as we get the second Old Firm Derby of the season. Boxing Day was quite telling at the top of the table with Rangers losing ground on leaders Celtic. Can the Gers use home advantage to pull level on points with their great rival? Read our Rangers v Celtic betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on December 27th, 2018 at 7:34 p.m.)
Rangers were denied a win late on at home against Hibs in a big clash on Boxing Day
The Gers are unbeaten in five league games (W2 D3)
Their home form for the season in the Premiership is W7 D2 L1
They have to win here to really keep the title race open
Three points put them level with Celtic, but the Gers have played a game more
At home, Rangers have averaged 2.7 goals per league game
They have only shipped the six goals at Ibrox in the top flight as well
40% of league games this season at Ibrox have made it over 3.5 goals
Each of their last three home games though have gone under
There has been a clean sheet for Rangers in 40% of their home fixtures
In eight of their ten home games, Rangers have been winning at half time (D1 L1)
Rangers have opened the scoring in all but one of their home games this season
Celtic are the only side to hold a better home record than Rangers
Celtic took a 1-0 win at home against Rangers earlier this season
The Bhoys are on a four-match winning streak against the Gers in all competitions
Rangers have scored in just one of their last six games against Celtic
Celtic earned a 3-2 win in their last league game at Ibrox
Rangers are on a four-match losing streak at home in the league against Celtic
Celtic took a battling 4-3 win at Aberdeen on Boxing Day
That was their third straight top-flight victory in the Premiership
The Boys have scored at least three goals in five of their last seven fixtures
They were just W1 D2 L1 in four away games before that win at Aberdeen
Their overall away form in the league is W4 D3 L3
Celtic have tallied 20 goals and have conceded nine on their travels
30% of their away fixtures have gone over 4.5 goals
They have claimed a win to nil in 30% of their road games this season
Both teams have scored in just 30% of Celtic’s away games
Just once this season have Celtic been trailing at half time away from home
They have scored 65% of their away goals in the first half of mixtures
Celtic have conceded 78% of their away goals in the second period of matches
One negative is that they don’t have a clean sheet in any of their last three away from home
They have conceded at least two goal in each of their two most recent away games
Celtic have turned out some big results recently and it’s not a big stretch to see them do it again. This is really where they can take full control of the title challenge by seeing off their rivals once against. Celtic to win by a one goal margin.
28th December 2018 / lee - Category: European Football Betting
Rangers start Boxing Day sitting in second place in the league, trailing rivals Celtic by one point. They need to keep some momentum going as they will face Celtic at the end of the month. But this may not be the easiest of games against Hibs who recently beat Celtic in the top flight. Read our Rangers v Hibs betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on December 23rd, 2018 at 10:54 p.m.)
The title race is still open and Rangers need points here to potentially open it up even more. They start the weekend in second place and leaders Celtic are taking on third-place Aberdeen on the same day. It’s all tight at the top. Rangers are W7 D1 L1 at home this season in the Premiership and have posted a W3 L1 record in their last league games at Ibrox.
It is natural that they will have one eye their big game against Celtic coming up on the weekend, they can’t afford take their eye off the ball here. Their home form reads pretty well, scoring 26 goals and conceding just the five. There has been a clean sheet for them in 44% of their league home games.
They have also been winning at the break in all but two of their nine games on home soil. So the numbers are stacking up well for them. A brace from Alfredo Morelos on the weekend saw them take a 2-1 win at St Johnstone. Hibs and Rangers actually met just back on December 19th and they played out a 0-0 draw.
Rangers haven’t taken a win in last three against Hibs in the league (D2 L1) and have picked up just the one victory in their last seven against them. So they will have their work cut out against Hibs. There has been a trend of high-scoring games between these two with nine of the last eleven going over 2.5 goals.
When they met last week at Easter Road there was nothing to split them. Can Rangers win this important game in the return at Ibrox? Hibs are down in seventh by they are on a five-match undefeated streak of form currently. In that sequence beat Celtic and took that draw against the Gers. Their away form this season reads W3 D2 L4.
This is probably going to be a tight game. Hibs have a bit of form against the Gers and have shown their resilience in the league lately. But Rangers really have to come up with something here ahead of that clash switch Celtic. Rangers to win by a one-goal margin is at 13/5 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on December 23rd, 2018 at 10:54 p.m.).
24th December 2018 / lee - Category: European Football Betting
Rangers couldn’t hold on to top spot in the league following a midweek draw at Hibs. They are back out on the road this weekend as the visit mid-table St Johnstone looking for points to keep up the pressure on leaders Celtic. Read our St Johnstone v Rangers betting tips for more.
St Johnstone 5/1
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on December 20th, 2018 at 9:18 p.m.)
St Johnstone were on a tremendous run of unbeaten form before they bumped into Motherwell last weekend. After eight games without defeat in the Premiership, they were finally toppled. But still, it is well worth mentioning their defence because it has been bang on point this season.
The Saints have played their way to seven clean sheets in their last nine games. Overall this season at McDiarmid Park the Saints have a W3 D4 L2 record and they are on a four-match undefeated streak there. They conceded in just one of their last four there. They will have a bit of revenge in mind too as they lost 5-1 on a visit to Ibrox earlier in the season.
The head to head doesn’t read all too well for the Saints because they have really struggled for wins over Rangers. They have failed to collect a victory in any of their last eight on home soil against the Gers across all competitions. The Saints have conceded at least three goals in each of their last three against the Glasgow side.
Rangers took a draw at Hibs midweek as they played a catch-up game. That was a disappointing result for them as it cost them the top spot to Celtic. So they need a response. They haven’t scored as well on their travels as they have done at home this season. They have won just three on the road this season, but their overall current form is strong.
Rangers are W5 D1 L2 in their last eight fixtures in the Premiership. They have managed to go undefeated in their last five league away games, picking up a draw in their last two. This is the final game of the Premiership’s weekend action and so they will know where they stand in relation to Celtic before kick off. They trail their rivals by a point heading into the weekend.
St Johnstone have a been a model of defensive efficiency this season and with Rangers not particularly strong in front of goal the home side may do enough to get a draw. Draw at 3/1 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on December 20th, 2018 at 9:18 p.m.)
22nd December 2018 / lee - Category: European Football Betting
There’s no looking back now for Rangers. The fate of their Europa League season hangs in the balance and the only way that they get to extend it is by winning. That’s the simple order of the night for the Scottish side. As for Rapid, they are looking to hone in on winning the group which they will do if they can better Villarreal’s result on the night. Read our Rapid Vienna v Rangers betting tips for more.
Rapid Vienna 29/20
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on December 11th, 2018 at 2:17 p.m.)
Rapid Vienna only needs a draw out of this game to get through to the next round. If they lose though they will be eliminated, so it’s a thin line in that respect. If they better whatever Villarreal do on the night then Rapid will go through as group winners. They are the only side in Group G to have won more than one of their games and that was in beating Spartak Moscow twice. Last season they took a third-place finish in the Austrian Bundesliga and entered the Europa League in the third qualifying round. This is their seventh Europa League group stage campaign, making it to the knockout stages just once before.
Rapid Vienna are unbeaten in their last seven European home games (W4 D3). They have produced a W3 D1 record in their four home games this season in Europe. In an impressive run, Rapid Vienna have also gone twelve games unbeaten in Europa League group stage fixtures at home (W7 D5). Their record against Scottish opposition is W4 D2 L5 and their home form in that sequence of games is W3 D1 L1.
Before this season the only previous meetings was in the 1964 European Cup
Rangers won both meetings with a clean sheet
Rangers need a win out in Austria to get through to the next round of the competition. Nothing else will do for them. Rangers have taken three draws in their five group stage games so far, but their lone win of the campaign said come at Ibrox against Rapid. Rangers are one of four teams in the group stage who started in the first qualifying round and this is their first appearance in the group stage of the competition. The Gers have drawn 12 of their last 20 European away games (W1 L7).
In the group so far away from home, they drew 2-2 at Villarreal and suffered a 4-3 loss at Spartak Moscow. Five of the ten matches in Group F have been drawn. In their last nine away games in all competitions this season Rangers are W3 D2 L4. From their two previous visits to Austria, Rangers are W1 L1. Overall Rangers are W5 L1 from six previous games against Australian opposition
Rapid Vienna will probably end up being grateful for home advantage in this pressure situation. A draw is enough for them on the night to secure qualification. Rangers have to have a good go at this but we still fancy home advantage to take it. Rapid to win & both teams to score.
11th December 2018 / lee - Category: Europa League Betting