Kilmarnock v Rangers Betting Tips And Predictions
Location: Rugby Park
Date: 26th August 2016
Live on BT Sport 1
Rangers are sitting on top of the Scottish Premiership and that should hearten the Gers fans.
But their position needs to have context applied. They have had a relatively straightforward start to their campaign in terms of the teams faced.
Hamilton, Dundee and Motherwell will not be the stiffest tests Rangers face this season. They won’t even be in the top five. Luckily enough Kilmarnock fall into the same category.
Killie have made the worst of starts. Their win over Hamilton also falls into the fortunate category. That papered over some cracks but last week’s 2-0 defeat to Ross County is a more accurate measure of their development.
The stats make for uncomfortable reading from Lee Clarke’s point of view. Making his sixteenth summer signing this week is unlikely to help matters too much. If anything it could make it worse. Kilmarnock are going to need more time to gel and they are unlikely to get that against Rangers.
Despite that I can’t put much faith in Rangers who have struggled against middling (at best) Scottish Premiership opposition. The good news is that they have exhibited battling qualities. Last week’s last minute winner shows their is plenty of determination and team spirit.
But that was never in question. The question marks all centre on the Rangers defence. The Joleon Lescott transfer fell through, for whatever reason, and Phillipe Senderos is still on trial. Rumours of interest from Germany mean that is still in the balance. If Rangers see out the transfer window with their current defensive make up they will struggles as often as not.
Joe Garner has joined from Preston adding more options up front. Even without him they should have enough to see off Kilmarnock. But you would need to knock me on the head to even consider backing them at the prices.
Kilmarnock v Rangers Betting Tips And Predictions – Best Betting Odds
Rangers are shortening from their current best price of 1.48 (12/25). Kilmarnock are available at 7.5 (13/2) with McBookie. 188Bet are best price for a draw at 4.85 (50/13).
The high price on Kilmarnock may represent a little value. Rangers are certainly too short for my liking. As a result this offers options in other markets if you can’t take the plunge on a Kilmarnock victory.
Kilmarnock to score +0.5 team goals is worth a look at 1.67 (4/6) with Boylesports and Coral. Subsequently both teams to score should tempt at 1.91 (10/11) with bet365. But both of those prices are drifting so it may be worth holding off a little while longer.
Rangers have scored first in just one of their three league games so far. First goalscorer backers could look to Kilmarnock’s Souleymane Coulibaly at 10/1 with Paddy Power. Any Kilmarnock player to score first is 3.75 (11/4) with bet365 and can be considered.
Kilmarnock v Rangers Betting Tips And Predictions – Free Football Tips
Kilmarnock +0.5 Team Goals @ 1.67 with Coral