Rangers (@1.2) vs Livingston (@18.0)

Our Prediction:

Rangers will win

Rangers – Livingston Match Prediction | 15-09-2019 10:00

Livingston comes into this clash in great form, not losing a single game since the beginning of their pre-season. Were backing the Gers to win to nil here by a narrow margin, with a final score of 1-0. 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. Gary Holts side has since won 8 and drawn 3 times. 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.

But 2 losses came in the previous 5 away games for Gerrards side while they have only 1 win in that run. Three of those 5 matches were also low scoring affairs. Less than 2.5 goals were scored in 3 of their last 5 matches across all venues. A 5 match unbeaten run for the Teddy Bears ended with that recent defeat to Kilmarnock in the league.

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. Borna Barisic is fit again but did not play in mid-week. Daniel Candeias was the man to drop to the bench. Jamie Murphy and Graham Dorrans remain out injured, while Gareth McAuley replaced Connor Goldson against Kilmarnock. Goldsons injury is not expected to keep him out long, but this game may come too soon.

Livingston vs Rangers Predictions, Betting Tips and Match Previews

Rangers host Livingston for their Matchday 5 clash as they return from the International break, looking to bounce back to the winning ways after seeing their lengthy unbeaten streak ended by fierce rivals Celtic (0-2) at this ground. They now want more in an attempt to pick it up ahead of the Europa League clash against Feyenoord and to keep track of Celtic at the top of the table early on.

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25% of the last 28 Rangers v Livingston matches have resulted in a draw. The teams have played each other 28 times since 2001. Rangers have won 18 of the 28 matches, Rangers have a current form rating of 75% They have scored 56 in the 28 matches against Livingston and have won 64.29% of those matches. Livingston have won 3 of the 28 matches, Livingston have a current form rating of 83% They have scored 17 in the 28 matches against Rangers and have won 10.71% of those matches.

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. 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. Ricki Lamie returned from his injury lay-off over the winter break and was at left wing-back against St Johnstone.

Hamilton v Celtic

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. 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.

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. Their best result in the recent past was the win against the holders Celtic. Rangers have lost the last match against the Killie, but it was a close game. Although they lost in their previous 2 travels here, I think they would be good enough to win it this time.

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. 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.

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.

Scores Vs Opponents

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. Their opening day draw was followed by a 2-2 thriller at McDiarmid Park. But Livingston then went to Forfar Athletic in the Scottish League Cup, picking up the first of their 3-game winning streak.