Rangers v Celtic: Old Firm Derby Betting Tips
The Old Firm Derby is one of the oldest and most heated rivalries in world football. This year, the first meeting of Scotland’s most successful sides takes place on Sunday 1st September, with Rangers welcoming Celtic to Ibrox. Despite Rangers making their way back to the top of the table in Scotland, Celtic are still the team to beat and Rangers will need a win on Sunday if they have any chance of winning the 19/20 Scottish Premier League.
Rangers 19/20 SPL Form
Last Time Out For Rangers
Rangers maintained their perfect record in the SPL with a 1-0 away win at St Mirren. Rangers had the first clear opportunity as Alfredo Morelos beat the offside trap, but failed to slip his sliding shot into the bottom corner. St Mirren weren’t afraid to play their own style against Rangers, ending the match with 60% possession, and were almost rewarded as Jonathan Obika’s mishit cross crashed against the woodwork. After the break, Rangers stepped up their efforts and eventually took the lead on the hour mark thanks to Borna Barisic’s free kick. Obika came close to equalising for St Mirren late on, but his close range shot fell right into the hands of Allan McGregor. One strength of Rangers’ game this season has been a strong defence that has conceded just 5 goals in 10 competitive games. They will need to keep up that strong performance to have a chance of beating their rivals on Sunday.
Celtic 19/20 SPL Form
Last Time Out For Celtic
Along with Rangers, Celtic are the only side in the SPL with a perfect record after winning their 3rd game in a row against Hearts at the weekend. Celtic outclassed their visitors from the first minute, but Hearts defended well and kept them at bay. That was until Christophe Berra cruelly turned into his own net after half an hour from a Ryan Christie cross. At the other end, Fraser Forster made a few vital saves on his return to Celtic Park. After the break, 2 goals in 5 minutes from Callum McGregor and a Craig Halkett own goal, effectively ended the game. Conor Washington added a late consolation for Hearts but it was another comfortable win for Celtic. While Rangers have been keeping tight at the back, so far this season, Celtic have been blowing their opponents away. They’ve scored 35 goals in 11 games so far this season, a rate of 3.2 goals a game.
Where’s The Value Bet?
Although the Old Firm is always one of the most fiercely competitive games in world football, the actual scoreline has rarely been a close one. Recent years have began to buck that trend, but still, we have grown used to one of these sides dominated any match between the pair. We have seen both teams scoring in just 3 of the last 10 meetings between the 2 sides. That makes 20/21 for both teams not to score a decent price, especially taking Rangers’ stronger defence into account.
How To Watch The Old Firm
The Old Firm will be shown live on Sky Sports Main Event from 12:00pm on Saturday 1st September
Bet UK’s Headline Betting Tip
Home advantage could be the only thing that separates the two sides in the first Old Firm of the season, as the Scottish league looks like it could be closer than ever this year. We are going for Rangers to edge it in a close encounter.
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