Livingston (@7.5) vs Rangers (@1.4)
25-09-2019

Our Prediction:

Rangers will win

Livingston – Rangers Match Prediction | 25-09-2019 14:45

Daniel Candeias was the man to drop to the bench. Jermaine Defoe scored on his Rangers debut in mid-week and could be handed a second start as he looks to get up to match sharpness. Goldsons injury is not expected to keep him out long, but this game may come too soon. Jamie Murphy and Graham Dorrans remain out injured, while Gareth McAuley replaced Connor Goldson against Kilmarnock. Borna Barisic is fit again but did not play in mid-week.

They have lost just one of their last six against Rangers at home, however, winning the last two 1-0. Livingston have won only three of their 27 previous matches against Rangers, with seven draws and 17 defeats. One of those was in the Championship in 2016, while this years two fixtures after Livingstons promotion in the summer have ended in a 1-0 Livi win before Rangers hit back at Ibrox in the reverse fixture. Dolly Menga scored the only goal in the former, before Candeias, Alfredo Morelos and Scott Arfield earned Rangers a 3-0 win in November.

Were backing the Gers to win to nil here by a narrow margin, with a final score of 1-0. Livingston comes into this clash in great form, not losing a single game since the beginning of their pre-season. Rangers will be desperate to put their latest defeat behind them and focus once again on the Premiership and keeping an eye out on their Europa League opener. The Gers home form, except their latest game against Celtic, has been impeccable in all competitions. However, itll be a tough time for the West Lothian outfit, but they wont let Rangers away with much. Gary Holts side has since won 8 and drawn 3 times.

The visitors are averaging 1.82 expected goals for on the road this season, while their recent away expected-goal for figures read: 3.16, 2.16, 1.31, 1.17 and 3.95. Rangers were beaten by title-rivals Kilmarnock on Wednesday night, but it must be said that they were unlucky. Moreover, Rangers have done well from an attacking point of view in recent away games, especially in terms of creativity. Steven Gerrards men offered lots more than their opponents, as the fact that they ended the match with an expected goal difference of +2.58 suggests. Such numbers bode well.

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Ciaron Brown has signed on loan from Cardiff City but is only expected to serve as cover for the back three of Alan Lithgow, Craig Halkett and Declan Gallagher. Dolly Menga, the match winner when these sides last met in Livingston, went off injured in the Scottish Cup against Hearts, while Rangers loanee Ryan Hardie is ineligible. Ricki Lamie returned from his injury lay-off over the winter break and was at left wing-back against St Johnstone.

In the latest 3 home fixtures, the final score had over 2.5 goals at the full time. A win in this upcoming game would get them closer to the Championship group in the table. But at home things are much better for the side coached by Gary Holt. His team has won 3 and lost one of their previous 5 matches in front of the home crowd.

Things were going well for Livingston towards the end of December; they were unbeaten in three, had conceded just one goal in over 270 minutes of football and were generally playing quite well; however, things have since taken a turn for the worse. That will need to be addressed if theyre to get anything off a Rangers side that will undoubtedly be chomping at the bit to right the wrongs of Wednesday evening. Their performance during the week wasnt terrible and they were competitive, but they lacked ideas going forward.