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

Our Prediction:

Rangers will win

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

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.

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.

Rangers vs Livingston Preview, Prediction, Betting Tips

Scott Pittman Four goals and five assists and an important creative link between midfield and attack so far this season.Liam Kelly The former Rangers stopper would love another clean sheet at home against his former team, having kept them out when they last met in West Lothian.Chris Erskine Livi have lacked goals this season and, with Menga and Hardie out, the new signing from Partick Thistle needs to come up with some.

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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.

Livingston vs Rangers Betting Tips

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.

At the prices, the bet that catches the eye is Both Teams to Score. Given that they were unlucky in the week, coupled with the fact that theyve generally looked good going forward on the road, it would be easy to side with the visitors, though they look a bit short in the betting. Livingston are no mugs on home soil, thats for sure.

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.

LIVI vs RAN Betting Tips

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.

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.