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Rangers vs St Joseph’s - Scottish giants set to dominate minnows

Rangers backed in the handicap market against Gibraltar club in Europa League clash
Rangers vs St. Joseph’s
Rangers are backed to dominate Europa League clash with St. Joseph’s (Getty Images)

Rangers vs St Joseph’s Preview, Predictions & Betting Tips


Rangers should be too strong for St Joseph’s in the second leg of their UEFA Europa League first round clash at Ibrox. The Scottish giants hammered the Gibraltarians in the first leg and a repeat performance is expected. A -4 handicap bet is recommended at odds of 2.20 with Alfredo Morelos also backed in the goalscorers market.

Rangers FC Form & Team News


Rangers were excellent in the first leg in Gibraltar as they claimed a 4-0 victory.  After a goalless first half, Rayan Jack opened the scoring while Seyi Ojo and Conor Goldson added further goals. Alfredo Morelos came off the bench to complete the rout 13 minutes from time.

Steven Gerrard’s men also claimed a 4-0 victory over Marseille in a club friendly to extend their winning run to three matches. They are priced at a minimal 1.03 to secure another victory on Thursday but having scored four or more goals in their last three matches, a handicap bet should be considered here.

Alfredo Morelos could be given a start on Thursday after coming off the bench to score last time out. The Colombian striker is likely to replace Jermaine Defoe while Ryan Jack and Seyi Ojo could retain their place in the team following their goals in the first leg.

Steven Gerrard
Steven Gerrard's Rangers side have won their last three matches in all competitions (Getty Images)

St Joseph’s FC Form & Team News


St Joseph’s were totally outclassed in the first leg as they were beaten 4-0. Despite playing at home, they were second best to Rangers and failed to muster a single shot on target. 

The Gibraltarians have just one win in seven Europa League matches and are winless away from home in the competition. Their poor record in the competition means they are priced at 26.00 for an unlikely win in Glasgow while a draw is valued at 17.00.

Juanfri often features in attack for St. Joseph’s but the striker has scored just twice in his last 10 appearances. Domingo Ferrer is also set to lead the line but has failed to find the net in his last 10 matches.

Rangers vs St Joseph’s Head to Head 


Rangers' 4-0 win in the first leg was their first meeting against St Joseph's. The Scottish club had more shots (21-4), shots on target (11-0) and corners (7-0) in Gibraltar and should be even more dominant in Glasgow. 

Rangers vs St Joseph’s Match Up 


Alfredo Morelos will be the one to watch for Rangers with the Colombian striker already picking up where he left off last season. His combination with Seyi Ojo and Michael Johnston should prove too much to handle for St Joseph’s.

The Scottish team are also excellent at the back having kept clean sheets in their last three matches. They should comfortably shut out Juanfri and Domingo Ferrer, both of whom have struggled in attack lately.

Alfredo Morelos
Rangers striker Alfredo Morelos scored 30 goals last season and should be the main threat upfront (Getty Images)

Rangers vs St. Joseph’s Key Statistics 


  • Rangers have won their last 3 matches (all competitions).
  • Rangers have scored 4+ goals in their last 3 matches (all competitions).
  • Rangers' Alfredo Morelos scored 30 goals last season (all competitions).
  • St Joseph’s conceded 4 goals in their last match (all competitions).

Verdict


Rangers showed their quality in the first leg as they completely outclassed St Joseph’s. A similar performance is expected in the second leg with the Scottish giants backed in the -4 handicap market. I am also tipping Alfredo Morelos to score 2 or more goals.

Best Bet: Rangers -4 Handicap @ 2.20 at bet365 – 2 Units
Value Bet: Alfredo Morelos 2 or More Goals @ 2.20 at bet365 – 2 Units
First Goalscorer Tip: Alfredo Morelos @ 3.60 at bet365 – 1 Unit
Correct Score Tip: Rangers Win 5-0 @ 7.00 at bet365 – 1 Unit

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