Location: New Douglas Park
Date: 16th December 2016
Live on BT Sport 1
Rangers appear to have turned a corner with four wins from their last five games.
They included excellent wins over Aberdeen and Hearts with fans hailing the victory over The Jam Tarts as their best performance of the season. Credit where it’s due. Plenty, myself included, expected those sides to give them a much tougher time.
Although the best of their recent run of form has come at home. On the road Rangers have more to prove. The Gers’ only away wins came at Dundee, Inverness and Thistle and none of them were convincing.
While a trip to Hamilton Accies may seem like a chance to pick up three points it is not a game anyone should take lightly. Martin Canning has his side playing well at the moment. Two defeats in eleven matches is proof enough of that.
Aberdeen, Hearts and St Johnstone have all played here and none of them have come away with the points. Aberdeen lost and Hearts needed two late goals to rescue a draw. Meanwhile they pushed Celtic hard on Tuesday night eventually succumbing to a 1-0 defeat.
This side are no pushovers and any complacency by Rangers will have consequences. If, that is, Accies can lift themselves again for another big match just a few days after visiting Celtic. Losing 1-0 at Celtic Park is no disgrace but it took one hell of a shift from the players.
As a result there may be some fatigue. Particularly amongst their more senior players such as Massimo Donati. But the guts of the side are youthful with the former Celtic player the only one over thirty-one years of age. Therefore they should be able to handle it.
Despite that the Rangers fans will be in expectant mood. This game should tell us more about how far round that corner they have actually come.
HAMILTON V RANGERS BETTING TIPS AND PREDICTIONS BEST BETTING ODDS
Rangers are favourites at 1.6 (3/5) with Skybet. Hamilton are available at 6.3 (53/10) with Marathon Bet while Betfred are best price for a draw at 4.33 (100/30).
Both teams to score is available at 2.1 (11/10) with 888Sport and at that price it should pique your interest. Marathon Bet offer 1.95 (19/20) for +2.5 goals.
On the WDW markets a draw looks to be where the value lies and punters could do worse than look to a 1-1 correct score at 8/1 with 888Sport.
4 of Accies' last 5 games have seen both teams score.
Only 2 of Rangers' last 5 have seen both teams score.
A mere 3 games of their last 5 games combined have seen +2.5 goals.
Head To Head Stats
The sides drew 1-1 at Ibrox on the opening day of the Scottish Premiership season.
Both teams to score
@ 2.1 (11/10)
Scottish Football Tips Star Rating Explained
If you must have a bet this is probably the best one available.
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