Hamilton vs RangersScottish Premiership, KO: 12:15 Nov 24, 2019, Fountain of Youth Stadium
Nothing less than reeling off a win away at Hamilton will do for Rangers if they are to keep pace with Celtic at the top of the Scottish Premiership.
With all due respect to Livingston, Neil Lennon's men should tame the Lions on Saturday before Rangers travel to Lanarkshire less than 24 hours later on Sunday lunchtime.
Steven Gerrards's side locked horns with Livingston prior to the international break – on a day where Rangers ran out comfortable 2-0 winners at the Tony Macaroni Stadium.
The Gers have impressed on the road this season having won five of their six Scottish Premiership road trips to date and the Ibrox side can ill-afford a slip up when they square off with struggling Hamilton Accies on Sunday.
Brian Rice's troops are in the midst of a miserable run of form that sees the South Lanarkshire side without a win in their last six attempts and even more alarmingly Hamilton have only managed to win one of their last 10 matches in the Scottish top-flight.
The Accies looked to be on course to pick up a much-needed three points in their last league outing away at Kilmarnock, however, a Sam Stubbs sending off coincided with Hamilton blowing a 2 goal lead that saw them cling on for a 2-2 draw in Ayrshire.
Such a wretched sequence of results does not bode well for a Hamilton team who are set to come up against red-hot Rangers, not to mention Accies boss Rice has admitted he may be forced to field youth players due to a heavy injury and suspension list.
Gerrard's Gers are huge favourites at 2/13 (SportNation) to make it six wins on the spin and as such punters will have to dig deep to try and source some value from a Rangers triumph.
I covered Rangers recent trip to Ross County and one of my winning tips that night involved Rangers scoring in both halves and that's a betting angle I'm going to revisit this weekend.
Given their superior quality Rangers should enjoy the lion's share of possession whilst attempting to find a way through Accies rearguard and given the wealth of attacking talent Gerrard has it his disposal and I fancy the Light Blues to make the bulge at both ends of The Fountain of Youth Stadium at 8/11 (William Hill)
In considering who may get on the scoresheet, it may be wise to wait for confirmation of team news as Rangers talisman Alfredo Morelso in facing a race against time to make this fixture following a delayed return from South America amidst a protest against the Colombian government.
Yet, regardless of who gets the nod, I suspect Gerrard's side could be subjected to some rough treatment from a Hamilton outfit who have a tendency to revert to the dark arts – Accies have saw red in their last two league matches.
What's more, Rice's men have racked up an eyebrow raising five red cards in 12 Scottish Premiership tussles to date and that coupled with the fact that referee Steven McLean is far from the most tolerant official in the country points towards value in backing Hamilton to collect the most booking points at 4/5 (William Hill)
In conjunction with that I'm also going to utilize William Hill's Build Your Odds feature as a means of finding some value here by combining a Rangers win, over 1.5 Rangers goals, over 3.5 Rangers corners and over 1.5 Hamilton cards at 17/20 (William Hill)
Rangers hit Hamilton for five at Ibrox last month and the Glasgow giants are averaging almost three goals per-game in the Scottish Premiership, not to mention the aforementioned combination would have landed in Rangers last away day at Livingston.
This Scottish Premiership match between Hamilton and Rangers will be played on Nov 24, 2019 and kick off at 12:15