Motherwell vs RangersScottish Premiership, KO: 12:00 Jan 17, 2021, Fir Park
RANGERS take their proud and lengthy Scottish Premiership unbeaten record to Fir Park this weekend for a Sunday lunchtime meeting with Motherwell.
Last time out Steven Gerrard's side strengthened their grip on top spot in the Premiership with a well-deserved 2-1 win over 10-man Aberdeen.
That Pittodrie triumph coupled with Celtic's share of the spoils with Hibs has put the Light Blues firmly in the driving seat to end a decade-long wait to lift the Scottish league crown.
The Teddy Bears will be looking to take another huge stride towards a 55th league title when they take on a Motherwell side who have endured a miserable season to date.
The Steelmen have failed to win any of their last 11 top-flight tussles and as a result find themselves perched precariously above the relegation places.
That wretched run of form led to a shock resignation from Stephen Robinson who has since been succeeded by Graham Alexander, with the former Salford manager posting a 1-1 draw at St Mirren during his first game in charge last Saturday.
Rangers have won each of their last 15 Scottish Premiership matches and the visitors are odds-on at 2/7 with BetVictor to extend that sequence on Sunday.
Motherwell ran Rangers close at Ibrox last month and I suspect new Well boss Graham Alexander will set out to frustrate the league leaders with a replica of that defensive blueprint on Sunday.
Therefore, Rangers may have to be patient in their pursuit of yet another three points and I'm going to factor that into my Bet 365 Bet Builder for this lunchtime meeting in Lanarkshire.
If we combine Rangers to win, under five match goals and over zero Motherwell cards we will be presented with a backable 4/5 punt at Bet 365.
Each of Motherwell's last three fixtures at Fir Park have featured fewer than three goals, while a Rangers win and under five goals combo has clicked in 25/28 Teddy Bear triumphs across all competitions this season.
With that in mind, I'm happy to support the same formula on Sunday but I'll also add in at least one Motherwell card to boost up the price on the above-mentioned Bet Builder.
Motherwell are averaging 1.81 yellows at Fir Park this season and they may have to revert to the dark arts here if they are to halt Gerrard's juggernaut.
What's more, referee Don Robertson is averaging 3.8 cautions per 90 minutes this term and that only adds to the appeal of adding at least one Well booking to the recommended Bet Builder.
I'll also dip into the card market as Motherwell centre-half Declan Gallagher looks a huge price at 9/2 with Bet 365 for a caution.
The Scotland international has already clocked up five yellows in 21 appearances this season (more than any other Motherwell player) and a repeat here when faced with a rampant Rangers side just looks a little bit too big to me.
This Scottish Premiership match between Motherwell and Rangers will be played on Jan 17, 2021 and kick off at 12:00. Check below for our tipsters best Motherwell vs Rangers prediction. You may also visit our dedicated betting previews section for the most up to date previews.
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