Date: 25th January 2015
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Rangers will have to keep stepping up to the plate because Hibs look unlikely to relinquish the pressure.
Since the last little stumble the plate is getting worn down by the weight of Rangers’ feet stepping up. Including the 4-2 seeing off of Hibs over Christmas they have scored nineteen goals in four games and covered -2 handicaps in the preceding three.
Morton should offer up a sterner test than any of Dumbarton, Cowdenbeath or Livingston could muster as their 2-2 draw at Ibrox in December was testament to. But that came in the midst of an excellent run of form and ever since they have flattered to deceive.
The Ton will also have to reckon without Luca Gasparotto although he was also absent from the draw at Ibrox. The Gers loanee has been a big success story at Morton this season and they are undoubtedly weakened in his absence.
The biggest worry for punters is the sheer poverty of betting value on anything to do with Rangers anymore. Playing with handicaps at very short prices is risky considering the 0-6 win at Dumbarton was only the second time they covered it in seven away matches.
There is even a red flag over the goals markets with Morton’s home form suggesting caution. Only 35% of Morton’s goal production this season has been at home with more than three goals coming in on just four occasions.
None the less anything other than a Rangers win is hard to conceive. Morton were on the verge of a defeat to Alloa last weekend before the weather came to their rescue. While the weather might be uncomfortable on Monday it’s unlikely to save Morton’s blushes for a second week running.
Morton v Rangers Betting Preview Betting Odds
At a best price of 1.25 (1/4) with bet365, Skybet, Ladbrokes, Coral and William Hill backing Rangers might only be useful as acca fodder. Morton are available at 11/1 with Skybet, McBookie and Betfair with the draw best priced at 5/1 with bet365, McBookie, Paddy Power, Coral and William Hill. Backing Rangers with a one goal handicap is 1.73 (8/11) with bet365 and that’s a shade too short for my liking.
For their to be +2.5 total goals pays best at 1.6 (3/5) with bet365. Backing +3.5 would be preferable rising as it does to 2.5 (6/4) with bet365 and Paddy Power. If you fancy Rangers to do the lions share of goal scoring you can back +2.5 Rangers team goals at 2.1 (11/10) with bet365 and McBookie.
Both teams to score is a bet that should have a chance and at a price of 2.2 (6/5) with bet365 many will find it backable. The alternative is to back Rangers to Win To Nil at 2.1 (11/10) with McBookie.
Force me to have a bet here and I would plump for a Rangers win & +2.5 total goals at 1.83 (5/6) with Paddy Power. The braver can get 2.88 (47/25) on a Rangers win & +3.5 total goals with Paddy Power and it is certainly worth considering. Personally, though, I would need a little more convincing of Rangers goalscoring exploits away from home.
Morton v Rangers betting preview free football tips and betting tips
Personally I am going to leave this one alone unless the prices drift between now and Monday evening but the best bets for consideration could be;
Rangers WIN & +2.5 goals @ 1.83 with Paddy Power
Rangers WIN & +2.5 goals @ 2.88 with Paddy Power