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

Our Prediction:

Rangers will win

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

They need a reprieve, though facing Rangers hardly presents them with a gilt-edged opportunity to turn their fortunes around. Saturdays hosts have now lost three on the bounce. Considering that they just about had the better of the first half and were certainly in the game from start to finish, Livingston will have been very disappointed to leave McDiarmid Park empty handed on Wednesday evening.

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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.

After going level with Celtic at the top of the league before the winter break, winning the Old Firm derby 1-0 thanks to Ryan Jacks goal, Rangers lost their first game back in mid-week. After their Scottish Cup tie at Cowdenbeath was called off due to a frozen pitch, Rangers travelled to Kilmarnock but lost 2-1 despite Jermaine Defoes debut goal putting them in front.

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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.

Their opening day draw was followed by a 2-2 thriller at McDiarmid Park. Livi would then go on to stun an in-form Ross County side by thrashing them 4-1, which they followed up with a 2-1 win over St Mirren just before the international break. But Livingston then went to Forfar Athletic in the Scottish League Cup, picking up the first of their 3-game winning streak.

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Rangers have more than enough about them to score against anyone in this division, while theyve consistently created plenty of chances away from home, but Livingston should not be dismissed from an attacking point of view. The hosts have scored in each of their last four at home, notching at total of 11 goals during that time, while theyve posted expected-goals for figures of 1.35, 4.4, 1.57 and 1.26, so they too can register on the score-sheet.

Reason For Livingston vs Rangers Betting Tips

Dolly Menga scored the winner in this fixture earlier in the year but he is out injured, while Rangers have beaten Livingston 3-0 at Ibrox since then and bolstered their squad over the winter. The defeat to Kilmarnock was a set-back in the title race but it does not need to be more than that a win in West Lothian would be the perfect remedy.

Alfredo Morelos The Colombian forward scored 20 times before the winter break and contributed 11 assists too despite being sent off three times as well.Jermaine Defoe Scored on his debut, as he always seems to, and will want to back that up with more starts and more goals now.James Tavernier Nine goals from right-back is remarkable in itself, but the Englishman has also set up 14 goals so far this season.

Going forward, without being imperious, Livingston have done well; theyve scored an average of 1.73 goals in front of their own fans, while theyve conceded a very impressive 0.45. Sundays hosts have lost just one of their last five at home, while theyve thrashed Hearts during that time, while they also managed to hold league leaders Celtic to a draw, which will certainly give them confidence ahead of this match. Theyve also given away just 0.67 expected goals on average, which suggests that theyre capable of stopping teams from creating. Fortunately, Livingston can draw on several good performances at Almondvale Stadium this season.

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.

Although they lost in their previous 2 travels here, I think they would be good enough to win it this time. So a bet can be placed on the Rangers to win with 1.60 odds. That has given Gerrard and his side the boost they needed to continue their good work. Rangers have lost the last match against the Killie, but it was a close game. Their best result in the recent past was the win against the holders Celtic.