Hearts vs Rangers Prediction: Visitors to snatch a scrappy win

 | December 04 | 

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Rangers visit Tynecastle in the Scottish capital on Wednesday, and Betfred’s Frank Monkhouse expects a competitive contest.

Read his preview and predictions for the SPL encounter right here on Betfred Insights…

Hearts vs Rangers Betting Tips:

  • Back Rangers to win @ 4/9
  • Back Both Teams to Score and Rangers win @ 2/1

Followers of the Scottish Premiership have a busy midweek ahead with Ross County hosting Motherwell on Tuesday before Wednesday presents an intriguing four-game programme. League leaders Celtic host Hibs at Parkhead, and you can read our in-depth preview and predictions on the Scottish football section of our site. Here, we focus on the match at Tynecastle, where Hearts welcome Rangers.

Wednesday’s meeting is set for an 8:00 pm kick-off and will be broadcast live on Sky Sports. But which team will secure the desired result? Will we see Hearts end a miserable losing streak against Rangers, or will the Gers continue their title challenge by collecting all three points in the capital? We preview the game, analyse the stats, and follow the trends.

Team News

Hearts start this game as the form team in the Scottish Premiership over the last four rounds. The Jambos have won each of their last four, collecting a dozen points, which has lifted them above St Mirren and into third place. Their main aim this season is to finish as the best of the rest behind the Old Firm, but a home win over Rangers will improve their chances of splitting the Glaswegians. Hearts were the last team to achieve that, but they’re already eight points behind their opponents.

Steven Naismith’s men didn’t enjoy the kind of strong start that’s usually required to challenge for the major places in the Premiership, but the squad appears to have settled and found momentum. Their stats for the campaign after 14 games read seven wins, two draws, and five defeats, with 14 goals scored and 12 conceded. Improving defensively will be the team’s main objective in December.

Sima and Cantwell combine

Rangers arrive in the capital following a hard-fought but thoroughly deserved home win over St Mirren on Sunday. The Saints arrived with confidence and were third in the league, looking to close the gap and ramp up the pressure on an under-performing Gers squad. On-loan Brighton attacker Abdallah Sima scored twice to win the day, both goals assisted by midfielder Todd Cantwell.

Rangers manager Philippe Clement doesn’t yet have a full squad to choose from, with several key players missing in attack. Kemar Roofe’s campaign has been ruined by injuries so far, while Cyriel Dessers continues to look out of place leading the Gers attack. That leaves Clement with Brazilian Danilo to lead the line, and he came off the bench to play a part in Sunday’s win. New arrivals are guaranteed in the winter transfer window.

Hearts v Rangers Odds:

The game at Tynecastle promises to be a thriller, and you can make predictions using your Betfred account. If you don’t already have an account, you can sign up now and claim the stunning welcome bonus available for new registrations. You’ll find over 100 pre-game and in-play betting markets available on Wednesday’s bill-topper, including match winner, first scorer, and total goals.

Despite enjoying the home advantage, Hearts isn’t the betting favourites to win this game, with Betfred traders preferring the visitors. You can back Hearts to win at home at odds of 9/2, and that’s sure to attract attention. The draw is currently 16/5 on the website and app, while a Rangers win in Edinburgh will net backers 4/9, which is our pick, and we believe it will do well in your midweek accumulators.

Bet 1: Rangers win @ 4/9

Hearts vs Rangers at Tynecastle will be a winter classic, and we’re confident this match will live up to expectations. It’s the third time this season the Jambos and Gers have crossed paths, meeting once already in the Premiership and the Scottish League Cup semi-final at Hampden. Rangers won both games.

Following the stats, we note Gers are unbeaten against Hearts since February 2020, a run of 11 games without defeat. Rangers won 2-1 at Ibrox in the league in October and claimed a 3-1 win at the national stadium last month. Will Gers make it three wins on the bounce over Hearts this term? We see the 4/9 as a worthwhile bet.

Bet 2: Both score and Rangers win @ 2/1

Fancy a bet at bigger odds? We’ll build on our Rangers win prediction and add both teams to score to create a strong play at 2/1. A bet on Rangers to win and both teams to score would’ve secured you a profit in the previous two meetings of the teams this season, and we’ll try a repeat performance for a single bet at decent odds.

Rangers kept a clean sheet at home to St Mirren on Sunday but conceded on the road against Aberdeen in their most recent league away day. Hearts winning run ensures they’ll go on the attack and try to cause an upset. The hosts have the quality to build on the two goals scored past Jack Butland already this season, but they’ve conceded five in two games versus Rangers.

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