Betfred Scottish League Cup 2nd Round
Date: 9th August 2016
Rangers found life in the Scottish Premiership tough to overcome on Saturday morning.
The Gers raised the Championship flag and should be glad to be facing the type of opposition they dominated last season. They have drawn the lowest ranked side still left in the competition and nothing other than a comfortable victory should be on the cards.
Peterhead caused a few shocks of their own to get this far in the League Cup. A 2-1 win over Dundee and a bonus point away to Dumbarton saw them top the group. But their league campaign started with a 4-0 humbling at Alloa on Saturday.
Simon Ferry was missing from that side and Nicky Riley came off the bench as he recovers from injury. They are both big players for The Blue Toon although they were also absent for the victory over Dundee.
Rangers will be keen to get back to winning ways after a flawless group campaign. Four wins and four clean sheets is the kind of form the fans expect at Ibrox. But they will have to contend without Martyn Waghorn who pulled a hamstring at the end of Saturday’s match.
The true extent of his injury is yet to be revealed. In his absence Joe Dodoo could come into the reckoning. Furthermore we may also see the likes of Michael O Halloran and Harry Forrester get a starting berth.
Forrester impressed again after coming on for the ineffective Niko Kranjcar in the second half. The former English Premier League star looked sluggish and uncomfortable against the Hamilton youngsters.
Meanwhile the Rangers rearguard was found wanting once more against higher ranked opposition. But they should maintain enough possession to keep Peterhead at bay.
Rangers v Peterhead Betting Preview Best Betting Odds
Rangers are very short favourites at a best price of 1.14 (1/7) with Betfred. Peterhead are available at 22/1 with McBookie who are also best price for the draw at 8/1.
Even at a price of 2.3 (13/10) with Stanjames both teams to score has little appeal. Overs backers will need to look to +3.5 goals at 2.1 (11/10) with Paddy Power for anything approaching value.
A Rangers -2 handicap is 2.1 (11/10) with Paddy Power and is the most appealing of the handicap prices. But with Waghorn absent it could pay to be cautious in this instance.
Rangers v Peterhead Betting Preview Free Football Tips & Predictions
Rangers -2 @ 2.1 with Paddy Power