Livingston vs Rangers Prediction: Visitors to Pile Pressure on Shot-Shy Lions

 | November 11 | 

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With both halves of the Old Firm in action on Sunday following their midweek European exploits, followers have an interesting day ahead. Frank Monkhouse covers the game in West Lothian, where Livingston hosts Rangers (12:00).

Livingston vs Rangers Betting Tips

  • Rangers win to nil - Evens
  • Abdallah Sima first goal scorer - 11/2

A Sunday double-header from the Scottish Premiership begins at the Tony Macaroni Stadium, where Livingston hosts Rangers from midday in a game you can follow live on Sky Sports. The visitors won a bruising encounter at Ibrox on Thursday against Sparta Prague in the Europa League, and the hosts aim to take full advantage of any tired legs against a Gers side already suffering from injuries.

Rangers must dust themselves down following Thursday’s thrilling 2-1 win at Ibrox, and the chance to cut Celtic’s lead at the top of the Scottish Premiership is the driving factor. With the champions hosting Aberdeen later in the day, can Philippe Clement’s side turn up the heat on Brendan Rodgers’ pace-setters?

Team News

Livingston entered the weekend with only St Johnston beneath them in the pecking order. The Lions have won just two of a dozen games played this term, drawing four and losing the other six. They’ve scored nine and conceded 19, making for the second-worst goal difference tally in the top flight. 

That shot-shy attack and nervy defence will be tested to breaking point here, but Livingston must hold firm following four defeats on the bounce. The locals were last seen losing 1-0 at Dundee last week and have failed to score in their last three Premiership games.

Rangers have won their last four top-flight encounters as Clement drags the light blues back into contention. A win on Sunday afternoon would put pressure on the league leaders, and Gers fans know that’s all their club can do until the next Old Firm. They must continue to win games and ensure they act on any points dropped by the Hoops.

Clement inherited a squad low on confidence with several big-name players on the injury list. Many are now returning to fitness, and we’re likely to see Tom Lawrence, Rabbi Matondo, and Ridvan Yilmaz feature. Competition for places is crucial at Ibrox, especially in the face of such a hectic schedule in Scotland and on the continent.

Match Odds

Betfred has released its pre-match betting odds on Livingston v Rangers, and it’s no surprise to learn traders fancy an away win in the Sunday lunchtime kickoff. The current odds available price Livingston at 17/2, and that’s unlikely to attract too much attention, given the home team’s losing streak.

It’s another must-win game for Clement’s team in a long list of must-win games if the Gers are to recapture domestic success this season. Betfred customers can back the visitors to win at 1/4, and that’s worth a spot in your weekend accumulators. The first draw between Livingston and Rangers at this venue since August 2020 is 4/1.

Rangers win to nil - Evens

Livingston’s recent form makes them almost impossible to trust. They enjoy the home advantage on the artificial surface and have given both halves of the Old Firm trouble here in the past. But the Lions are second from the bottom of the group and have banked just three of the last 15 points available. The fact they’ve not scored in three adds extra weight to our selection, and we’re backing Rangers to win to nil at evens.

Rangers’ improvement under Clement is obvious for all to see. They’ve won their last four league starts and cemented a place in the Scottish League Cup final against Aberdeen next month. Concentrating on their league form, Rangers have conceded just one goal in those four outings while scoring 14, including a 5-0 win over Dundee on their last road trip. Need a little more convincing? Livi hasn’t scored past Rangers in three games, conceding 11 goals.

Abdallah Sima first goal scorer - 11/2

On-loan Brighton striker Abdallah Sima is enjoying life in Glasgow, and following a sticky start, the towering forward appears to have found his form. He’s the Glaswegian team’s top scorer with eight goals and has scored three in his last four league starts.

Sima already has two goals in two games against Livingston this term, including the first of a 4-0 win at Ibrox in the League Cup in September. With the blues expected to go on the front foot and Livi likely to pack the box and defend, it may take a bit of magic to break the deadlock, and Sima has that in his locker.

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