Rangers vs Kilmarnock Betting Tips, Preview & Predictions
In a sentence: Rangers host Kilmarnock at Ibrox on Saturday as they look to put the Old Firm disappointment against Celtic behind them.
Last time: After going behind to a first half Declan John strike, Killie came from behind to win 2-1 when the teams met at Rugby Park in December thanks to a Kris Boyd brace.
This time: Rangers are 4/9 to pick up the victory, while Kilmarnock are 8/1 and the draw is 4/1.
You might remember: A 95th minute Chris Burke equaliser in the first game of the season between the sides, which rescued a point for Killie at Ibrox in October.
Rangers' Last Six:
Won: 4 Drawn: 0 Lost: 2
Blues boss Graeme Murty could be without up to five players for this game, with question marks over Ryan Jack, Graham Dorrans, Lee Wallace, Jordan Rossiter and Ross McCrorie. That could affect their chances in this Scottish Premiership preview.
Kilmarnock's Last Six:
Won: 4 Drawn: 2 Lost: 0
Steve Clarke has fewer injury concerns ahead of this trip to Glasgow. Gordon Greer and long term absentee Steven Smith are ruled out, while Greg Taylor, Rory McKenzie and Iain Wilson are a booking away from suspension.
The chance of reeling in Celtic has surely gone now for Rangers, after they missed the opportunity to close within three points of their great rivals. How Murty’s side react against Kilmarnock will be crucial in deciding how they feature in your Scottish Premiership predictions on Saturday.
Rangers are 4/9 for the win, which is one of the stronger football betting tips for the weekend. The 54-times Scottish champions have shown improvement in their second season back in the top flight, after finishing 39 points behind Celtic in third last term. They need to win this to stay ahead of Aberdeen, and continue their progress.
Kilmarnock are 8/1 for the victory, and having taken four points from Rangers so far this season, they could be worth an outside bet as part of your football predictions. Unbeaten in their last nine games in all competitions, Killie beat Celtic at the start of February and Clarke will be after a similarly impressive performance from his players in this one.
The draw is 4/1, and at that price, there are worse bets out there this weekend if you’re looking for a decent football prediction. Only Hearts have had more than the 10 stalemates Kilmarnock have played out this season, with seven of those coming on the road. Of Rangers’ four draws, two have come at Ibrox, with one of those against Killie.
Josh Windass is 22/5 to break the deadlock, after opening the scoring against Celtic inside the first few minutes. Daniel Candeias was also on target in the Old Firm clash, and he’s 9/1 to score first or 12/5 to bag anytime in your football predictions.
For the visitors, veteran striker Boyd is 11/4 to score anytime, or 17/2 to notch the first goal of the game. The 34-year-old has 17 goals so far this season, and will pose a threat to the Rangers backline.
Predicted Score: Rangers 3 - 1 Kilmarnock
Look out for:
The backlash. Rangers need to put on a performance for the Ibrox faithful after losing against 10-man Celtic. After scoring 23 goals in their last six fixtures, a home win with over 3.5 goals in the game at 11/4 looks like one of the weekend’s best football betting tips.
Rangers to win and both teams to score at 12/5. Of the top six Scottish Premiership clubs, only Kilmarnock have conceded more goals than Rangers, so this could be a good way to get some extra value out of the home win. 3-1 to Rangers is available at 12/1.
It’s a long shot, but:
Rangers to win 4-1 is 22/1, rising to 66/1 if you choose Gers top scorer Alfredo Morelos to net the first goal. It’s risky as far as football score predictions go, but that’s usually how you make big money from your bets.
Written by Oli Coates
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