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Scottish Premiership Round 4 – Rangers vs Celtic: Betting Preview

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Sports Innovation previews the Scottish Premiership match between Rangers and Celtic and offers team stats and betting tips with the latest odds.

Rangers and Celtic lock horns on Sunday afternoon for the first Old Firm derby of the Scottish Premiership season.

Both clubs arrive at Ibrox in an unfamiliar territory outside the top-four in the Premiership. Rangers, who recently saw a 40-match unbeaten run end at the hands of Dundee United, sit in sixth place. Six of their own players have had to self-isolate upon a COVID-19 outbreak, including manager Steven Gerrard.

Meanwhile, Ange Postecoglou will get his first taste of an Old Firm clash. The Celtic manager has overseen a mixed start so far, winning six of his first 10 games in charge (D1 L3). Victory on Sunday, though, would move his side three points clear of Rangers and in the thick of the title battle.

Let’s have a look at the form of both sides and the stats from their previous encounters to come up with a reasonable betting prediction.

Stats and analysis

Rangers head to their latest Old Firm clash with splendid stats in their last 10 Premiership fixtures. The reigning champions hit the target 2.5 times on average per game, scoring 25 goals along the way. They conceded a total of 7 goals, an average of 0.7 per game, as they held on for a clean sheet in 4 of those matches.

Celtic, on the other hand, boast some very good stats in their last 10 Premiership fixtures as well. The Bhoys hit the target 2.6 times on average per game, scoring 26 goals along the way. They conceded a total of 8 goals, an average of 0.8 per game, as they held on for a clean sheet in 6 of those matches.

Stats and facts for Rangers and Celtic.

Fun stats Rangers

  • Rangers has won the last 20 matches in a row at home;
  • Rangers has won in the last 5 of 6 matches;
  • Rangers has won in the last 22 of 23 matches at home;
  • Rangers scored in the last 40 of 42 matches.

Fun stats Celtic

  • Celtic did not win the last 6 matches in a row when playing away;
  • Celtic scored in the last 9 of 11 matches;
  • Total goals was OVER 2.5 in Celtic’s last 6 of 8 matches;
  • Total goals was OVER 3.5 in Celtic’s last 4 of 6 matches.

Form Rangers vs Celtic

The Gers struggling for results.

Rangers go into this encounter on the back of some mixed results. In their previous 3 matches, Steven Gerrard’s side experienced a 1-0 win against Alashkert FC in the Europa League and went on to a 4-2 win against Ross County. Their latest match served up a dull 0-0 draw at Alashkert FC in the Europa League.

Hoops looking formidable.

Celtic keep brushing aside all resistance claiming yet another win to their collection last time out. In their last 3 matches, Ange Postecoglou’s side played out a 2-0 win against AZ Alkmaar in the Europa League, followed by a 6-0 win against St. Mirren. Their most recent match brought a 2-1 defeat against AZ Alkmaar in the Europa League.

Rangers v Celtic Fixture History

The last time the two clubs squared up against each other, which was back on 2 May 2021, Rangers ran away with a 4-1 victory.

Rangers have the following 6-1-3 meeting statistics with Celtic.

Man of the Moment

Managing 3 goals in his previous 6 outings for Rangers makes Alfredo Morelos a player every opponent will have marked as one to keep an eye on. With Kyogo Furuhashi on 6 goals in the last 6 appearances, the Japanese forward has delivered the goods for Celtic and will hope to do so again at Ibrox.

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