It’s the second round of the Scottish League Cup, the first knockout stage of the competition and the phase where both halves of the Old Firm enter the running. Rangers have been drawn away from home to East Fife and, although the hosts will set up to make things as difficult as possible for their opponents, this is a match Steven Gerrard’s side should win at a canter. Here are our top East Fife v Rangers betting tips.
A Closer Look
The Gers have started the season very well, taking six points from their first two Scottish Premiership ties to sit joint-top of the division with bitter rivals Celtic. They needed an injury-time goal to see off a determined Kilmarnock at Rugby Park in the opener but oozed class when hammering Hibs 6-1 at Ibrox last weekend.
Jermain Defoe scored a hat-trick that day, only to be replaced by last season’s leading scorer Alfredo Morelos. The Columbian climbed off the bench and hit a quickfire deadly double. Ojo rounded things off with a sixth in stoppage time, leaving The Hibees battered and bruised. It was an emphatic win and performance that had home fans singing all the way home.
A Rangers Victory
Gerrard will now shuffle his pack, give a couple of his regulars the weekend off and hand fringe and youth players an opportunity to shine. Those on the edges must grab their opportunity with both hands if they are to impress the gaffer.
The betting has this as a case of how many Rangers will win by and that makes perfect sense. The away win is 1/10 at Bet365, a draw 11/1 with Bet365 and the locals are as big as 28/1 when playing at Ladbrokes. There’s more in the handicap betting. Take Rangers -3 at 11/5 (Bet365).