The opportunity to warm up after the winter break for the championship race in the Scottish Premiership was denied the Rangers (2nd place, 42 points) last Friday night. The FA Cup game in Cowdenbeath failed. According to “Blue Brazil” club boss Donald Findlay, this was especially due to Rangers kit manager Jimmy Bell. The frustration of the fourth division was understandable, also the anger of the already arrived fans. The new date was January 30th. So it goes straight for the Rangers in the championship with a real positioning. Because Kilmarnock (third place, 41 points) makes it in the home rugby park under coach Steve Clark especially the Old Firm teams difficult to score.
Today’s Football Prediction Kilmarnock vs Glasgow Rangers
At the same time, “Killie” has a great opportunity not only to outstrip the Rangers in the table, but also to keep alive the current championship three-way fight for the coming weeks. Because currently benefit not only the Rangers of the form weakness of the series champion Celtic. The entire Scottish football is happy about finally experiencing a bit of tension in the title race after years of green and white dominance. Although Kilmarnock’s Glasgow Rangers odds bookmakers odds suggest something else, our prediction of a balanced and close match, which could pay off a tip on a division of points.
Kilmarnock – Statistics & Current Form
The last few years have been extremely frustrating for East Ayrshire fans. The team rarely gave cause for joy. However, with the arrival of coach Steve Clark in October 2017, this will change abruptly. Jose Mourinho’s 55-year-old former assistant, who once gave West Bromwich the most points and the best Premier League standings, took on a record-breaking final with Kilmarnock after eight games. At the end of the season Clark “Killie” with 59 points still in fifth place. Never before had Kilmarnock scored more points. Suddenly, “Killie” could even win against the Old Firm teams Celtic and Rangers and the audience increase increased noticeably. In the 2018 calendar year, no team scored more points in Scotland’s top division than Kilmarnock (70 points). Impressive successes for a coach who has hardly any financial resources in Kilmarnock. The best example of this is the transfer of Jermain Defoe to the Rangers, who take on £ 35,000 of the £ 90,000 salary a week (the rest is paid by Bournemouth). Clark claims to have only £ 35,000 per week for his entire squad.
So it’s no wonder that Jordan decided to change from Kilmarnock to Govan this summer. The Northern Ireland international has deferred a preliminary contract with the “Light Blue”. All the more impressive is the current performance of Kilmarnock, who are only one point behind Celtic and the Rangers in the table in third place. After 16 match days, “Killie”, who in 1965 could win the only championship so far, was even leading the championship this season. The home strength is also impressive. Kilmarnock has lost just one of their last eight home games (6-1-1). Last time there were four home wins in a row. Kilmarnock is against the Glasgow Rangers, according to odds of various bookmakers, although only outsiders, but seems to be always possible, especially in the domestic Rugby Park always something. That’s why Kilmarnock versus Glasgow Rangers can be a winner for a draw. In the Cup Kilmarnock succeeded last Saturday a sovereign 2-0 home victory against third division Forfar Athletic. There are no new injury concerns. Painful was the loss of top player Greg Stewart (eight goals, seven assists). After the loan ran out with Birmingham, he was summarily awarded to Aberdeen.
Best goalscorers in the Premiership:
8 goals: Greg Stewart
8 goals: Eamonn Brophy
2 goals: Chris Burke
Expected formation of Kilmarnock:
MacDonald; Wilson, Dicker, Findlay, Waters; McKenzie, Tshibola, Power, Kiltie; Boyd, Jones
Last games by Kilmarnock:
- 19.01.2019 – Kilmarnock vs. Forfar Athletic 2: 0 (FA Cup)
- 29.12.2018 – Kilmarnock vs. St. Mirren 2: 1 (Premiership)
- 12/26/2018 – Motherwell Vs. Kilmarnock 0: 1 (Premiership)
- 22.12.2018 – Hamilton Academic Vs. Kilmarnock 1: 1 (Premiership)
- 15.12.2018 – Kilmarnock Vs. Dundee 3: 1 (Premiership)
Glasgow Rangers – Statistics & Current Form
As the Cup final at fourth division Cowdenbeath fell victim to the icy place on Friday night, Steven Gerrard came straight to the test match against currently in the preparations for the season Helsinki JK. The match was agreed as part of the transfer for Alfredo Morelos, who moved 18 months ago from the Finnish capital to the Scottish football. 22 days after the brilliant Derby victory in the Ibrox against the hated archenemy Celtic, Gerrard sent two different teams into the race each half-time. In the supposed tribe formation, which you can expect on Wednesday in Rugby Park, stood with Steven Davis and Jermain Defoe the two king transfers of winter. Both come to Govan on loan. Northern Ireland captain Davis already played for the Rangers between 2008 and 2012 and has won three times in the Scottish championship. Defoe knows Gerrard from common playing time with the English national team. In the last two Premier League seasons, the 36-year-old only scored four goals for Bournemouth (no goal this season), but a striker of this class is a real reinforcement for the “Gers”.
The first Old Firm victory since March 2012 gave rise to the belief that they could actually become champions this season. The “Teddy Bears”, however, need constant performance as against Celtic – especially in foreign countries. Although Stevie G’s away team have been unbeaten in six Premiership fixtures (four wins, two draws), they have only scored five out of nine in the past three away matches. For example, the odds of bookmakers at Kilmarnock against Glasgow Rangers point to a clear favourite role of the “Gers”, but stumbling abroad seems more likely at the moment than at home in Ibrox. Accordingly, for the encounter between Kilmarnock and the Glasgow Rangers our prediction takes a different route. Overall, the Rangers lost only one of the past 14 league games (9-4-1). For six games, however, victory and draw alternated. That is another reason why a tip on a division of points is an exciting option. Jamie Murphy and Graham Dorrans are injured.
Best goalscorers in the Premiership:
12 goals: Alfredo Morelos
6 goals: James Tavernier
5 goals: Scott Arfield
Expected lineup of Glasgow Rangers:
Foderingham; Tavernier, Worrall, Flanagan, Halliday; Jack, Arfield, Davis, Kent; Defoe, Morelos
Last matches of Glasgow Rangers:
- 29.12.2018 – Glasgow Rangers vs. Celtic Glasgow 1-0 (Premiership)
- 26.12.2018 – Glasgow Rangers vs. Hibernian 1: 1 (Premiership)
- 23.12.2018 – St. Johnstone vs. Glasgow Rangers 1: 2 (Premiership)
- 19.12.2018 – Hibernian Vs. Glasgow Rangers 0: 0 (Premiership)
- 16.12.2018 – Rangers vs Glasgow. Hamilton Academical 1: 0 (Premiership)
Kilmarnock vs. Glasgow Rangers Direct Comparison & Stats Highlights
Head-to-Head: 174 victories Rangers – 47 draws – 36 victories Kilmarnock (257 competitive games)
The Rangers won only one of the last six league games against Kilmarnock (1-3-2). Last May, the “Gers” won 1-0 at home in Ibrox. Home Kilmarnock has been unbeaten in four Premiership games against the Rangers (two wins, two draws).
Kilmarnock vs Glasgow Rangers Football Betting Prediction Explained
On Wednesday night will show what the Rangers Old Firm victory and the subsequent winter preparation in Tenerife was worth, when in Kilmarnock the trend-setting duel in the title fight goes. Kilmarnock is against Glasgow Rangers, according to odds and predictions many betting agencies and experts no favourite on three points on Wednesday evening. However, “Killie” defied the Rangers this season already a point from and lost only one of the past six league games against the “Gers”.
Key facts – Kilmarnock vs. Glasgow Rangers tips
Kilmarnock lost just one of the last eight home games (6-1-1)
Rangers unbeaten in six Premiership away games (4-2-0)
Rangers with only one loss from the past 14 league games (9-4-1).
In Rugby Park, it is uncomfortable for any opponent, which is also the less popular artificial turf. Coach Clark always sets his team perfectly against the Old Firm teams. In addition, Kilmarnock won the recent four home games, while the Rangers last at tail light Dundee and the Hibs in the foreign feathers. Also Kilmarnock could play the long break of the Rangers in the cards, whose newcomers are still without automatisms with the other players.
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