Rangers vs Kilmarnock Prediction: Underfire Bears will bounce back with a win

 | January 01 | 

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It’s the final round of fixtures before the Scottish Premiership winter break. Rangers host Kilmarnock, and Betfred’s Frank Monkhouse predicts another home win…

Rangers vs Kilmarnock Betting Tips:

  • Back Rangers win to nil @ 19/20
  • Back Rangers to win 2-0 in the Correct Score market @ 5/1

Rangers welcome Kilmarnock to Ibrox on Tuesday from 3:00 pm in the final round of fixtures before the Scottish Premiership winter break. The home team enters on the back of a painful defeat across the city at Celtic Park in Saturday’s Old Firm Derby. Fans demand a quick-fire return to winning ways to keep pressure on the Hoops but know Rangers lost 1-0 at Rugby Park earlier in the campaign.

Kilmarnock claimed a hard-fought single-goal home win over Gers in the opening game of the season, with a Brad Lyons strike on 65 minutes proving the difference. Derek McInnes and co arrive at Ibrox sitting fourth in the table, two points behind third-placed Hearts, and enjoying an extended unbeaten run. Can they do the double over Rangers, boosting their chances of claiming a bronze medal finish?

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Philippe Clement saw his long unbeaten run as Rangers manager end at Parkhead in the final game of 2023 and his first taste of the Old Firm. The Belgian is experienced in winning silverware and knows champions respond to negative results quickly. He’ll want to see his men continue their progress but will demand much better of an attack that was wasteful on Saturday. With new signings expected this month, many names in the Rangers attack know they’re playing for their future at the club.

McInnes has helped turn Kilmarnock’s season around, and they arrive in Govan having won three and drawn two of their last five games. A top-six finish is now a real possibility for the club from East Ayrshire, and there’s no reason why they can’t challenge the likes of Hearts, Hibs, and St Mirren for a European finish. Victory at Ibrox would send Killie into the winter break on a high, and with the Jambos away to Livingston, they could move into third.

Rangers vs Kilmarnock Odds

Will Rangers return to winning ways and apply pressure to Celtic, who visit St Mirren later in the day? Will Kilmarnock build on that summer win over Rangers to add another three points to their impressive run of results? You can make predictions and bet on Rangers vs Kilmarnock on the Betfred mobile app and website.

Traders have a home win as the most likely outcome here, with Rangers being the 1/4 favourites to bank all three points. Kilmarnock fans will feel their team has a great chance to heap misery on the locals, and you can back the visitors at a chunky 9/1 while the draw attracts attention at odds of 4/1.

Bet 1: Rangers win to nil @ 19/20

Rangers have impressed under Clement and had chances to take a draw from Parkhead on Saturday but lacked the composure and killer instinct in attack. The defence has been solid for much of the season. It remains the best in the league by a distance, beaten only by two incredible Celtic goals from Goncalves Bernardo and Kyogo Furuhashi. I expect to see them back to their best on Tuesday.

Looking through the head-to-head stats, we note Rangers have kept a clean sheet in four of their last five home games against Kilmarnock. The defence held the zero against St Mirren, Hearts, Aberdeen, St Johnstone, and Motherwell in December. Back Rangers to win without conceding again at a useful 19/20.

Bet 2: Rangers win 2-0 @ 5/1

As this is the last game before the winter break, I’d love to sign off with another winner at great odds and fancy Rangers to beat Kilmarnock 2-0 at Ibrox. Nailing the correct score market is never easy, but we’ve done it before, and the stats help support our predictions, giving bettors hope.

Flicking through the form, we see Rangers have won 2-0 in half of their last four games against Kilmarnock. They also won by that scoreline three times last month, including a comfortable 2-0 home cheer over St Mirren, a team one place below Killie in the Scottish Premiership pecking order. The 2-0 correct score looks a good bet at great odds.

Frank Monkhouse covers Scottish Football for us here at Betfred Insights. You can check out all of his work along with that of the rest of our Football Betting Tips desk on our main Football page...

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