Rangers vs Heart of MidlothianScottish Premiership, KO: 19:45 May 24, 2023, Ibrox
RANGERS final Scottish Premiership home game of the season sees them welcome Heart of Midlothian to Ibrox on Wednesday night.
Michael Beale's side are guaranteed to finish second in the table, although that will be little consolation given that they will finish the season trophyless.
That being said, there is a growing sense of cautious optimism around Govan following Rangers 3-0 win over Celtic in their last home outing.
The Light Blues have since beaten Hibs 3-1 – on an afternoon where both of my bets copped in the capital – and they will be keen to continue their strong finish by banking another three points against Hearts.
After surrendering third spot to Aberdeen as a result of a poor run of form that culminated in Robbie Neilson's removal from the club, interim boss Steven Naismith has steadied the ship.
The Jambos defeated the third-placed Dons 2-1 on Saturday, reducing the arrears to two points in the process, though their rally may prove too little, too late given that they are not in control of their own destiny,
Rangers, who have avoided defeat in each of their 18 Scottish Premiership home games this season, go into their penultimate fixture as heavy 1/3 (Bet 365) favourites.
Heart of Midlothian have won just three times across their 18 top-flight road trips this term and the bookies' odds suggest those away day blues will continue, with the visitors big underdogs at 8/1 (PaddyPower) while the draw is an unfancied 9/2 (William Hill).
At the risk of stating the obvious, Rangers are too short to side with here, so I'll head to the Bet Builder and bundle up Rangers to win, Over 4 Rangers Corners and Over 1 Hearts card at even-money (Bet 365).
As already alluded to, the Light Blues have done the majority of their best work in Govan this season, winning 16 of their 18 league games at Ibrox, one of which was against Hearts back in November, not to mention the hosts have also triumphed twice at Tynecastle this term.
In fact, this is the type of assignment Rangers have been particularly efficient in dealing with in recent years, and I suspect they will be eager to sign off for the season in style in front of their own supporters.
With Michael Beale's men likely to dictate the tempo of the game, I'll back them earn a minimum of five corner kicks en-route to victory.
The Teddy Bears are averaging a hefty 7.14 corners per-game in the Scottish Premiership this season, a tally that rises to 8.11 when operating at their Glasgow headquarters,
Given that Rangers have drawn a minimum of 2.42 yellow cards from their top-flight opponents this term, I'll round off the even-money (Bet 365) with a minimum of two Hearts bookings.
What's more, referee John Beaton has been one of the more card-happy operators in Scotland this season, averaging in the region of 4.5 cards per-90 minutes.
Taking all of this into account, as well as the fact that this particular Bet Builder would have paid out in two of the previous meetings between the pair this season, I see no reason to oppose the same even-money (Bet 365) wager on Wednesday night.
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