It’s a busy midweek for football lovers as club action begins to filter back through. There are a number of friendly matches available to bet on with major bookmakers which should help take the edge off following a long summer or there’s competitive fixtures available to those after something a bit more reliable. Here are our top Rangers v St Josephs betting tips.
Champions League first round qualifying matches take go on Tuesday and Wednesday before the Europa League takes over on Thursday. We’ve already had the first legs, meaning there’s a little more to go on, as well as the aggregate scores. Bookmakers welcome back the beautiful game by offering a list of eye-catching markets which will be available both pre-match and in-play.
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Punters can wager their cash on the winner of each match and throw a few together to create a multiple, such as an accumulator. The football acca remains one of the most popular forms of betting on sport as it gives you an interest across a number of matches and players have a chance of landing a big pay-out for small stakes. Many big-name bookmakers, including Bet365, also offer bonuses on winning on winnings from winning accas. The more selections in your bet the more of a bonus will be added to your haul.
With live TV coverage also thin on the ground at this time of year major firms also step in to fill the void. Bet at the likes of William Hill and you can watch live football, delivered through a faultless HD quality stream with no buffering or loading, on your desktop computer or a mobile app. Turn everyday scenarios into a thrilling betting experience that allows punters to cheer on their picks in real time or add more bets in-play, having seen how both teams have set up.
As followers have come to expect, we’ve drafted in our team of football tipsters to preview the games that matter. You can read an in-depth betting guide of Celtic’s Champions League match elsewhere on our football section or read on as we pick through the value of Thursday’s Europa League ties, focussing on the British interest.
Rangers v St Josephs
Steven Gerrard leads his Rangers team out at Ibrox for the first time since beating Old Firm rivals Celtic 2-0 here back in May. The former England and Liverpool captain has taken to management without fuss and looks a natural in the dugout, supported by his trusted team. He has raided The Reds for a number of fringe and youth players to good effect so far but will be desperate to build on last season’s second place finish and close the gap on Celtic. Rangers have made massive improvements since Gerrard took charge but it’s important they continue to build on that.
The Gers were particularly impressive in the Europa League last season where they reached the group stages and were seen holding their own in a difficult pool. Matching that will be the least fans expect but qualification can’t be taken for granted as there’s a long road ahead of the club before they reach the competition proper and cement their place in the group stages. That’s where the real money lies and that’s where the Rangers board need the team to be, no questions asked.
Rangers made a fine start to their campaign when beating the minnows of European football, St Josephs 4-0 away from home last week. The Saints ended third in the Gibraltar Premier Division but were able to hold their ground and make life difficult for their opponents. The scores were locked at 0-0 after 45 minutes and the teams couldn’t be separated until 50 minutes when Jack broke the deadlock with a fine goal.
Rangers Will Improve
That was followed by strikes from Ojo, Goldson and Morelos. It was much scrappier than Gerrard would’ve hoped and fans expected a more polished performance but it’s still very early in pre-season for the Rangers players and they will come on for the experience. Still two weeks off full fitness, the slack play we saw at times last week was to be expected. Having said that, Rangers dominated the game and scored four goals away from home to ensure they are playing in the second-round next week.
Gerrard is sure to rotate his squad, helping keep things fresh and get minutes into the legs of players. It’ll also allow him a chance to get a good look at those available to him as he sizes up his best 11 in plenty of time for the new season. There will be much tougher tests ahead than the one presented by St Josephs on Thursday, but those selected to take part will be determined to put on a show and grab the headlines.
Competition for places has never been as fierce at Ibrox as it is now and that will ensure everyone selected gives their best. We should see a strong home win and a few goals scored. The Bears don’t need to win this match as they already have a four-goal advantage, but the stands will be packed and supporters will demand those on the field give their all. They won’t be disappointed.
How Many will Rangers Score?
Rangers are hot favourites to win at home with no more than 1/33 (Bet365) available. That will force backers into the specials markets as they seek out a better price. Playing the handicaps could help and Rangers -4 is available at 6/5 with Bet365. They scored four goals last Tuesday despite a slow start and are capable of bettering that on Thursday.
Gerrard would’ve picked out the positives of last week but will also know his side must get better at breaking opponents down when they lie deep. That’s what held them back last season. A spark of creativity is needed as well as a fast start and we’re having the first half to produce more goals than the second at 15/8 (Bet365).