Rangers vs LivingstonScottish League Cup, KO: 20:00 Sep 27, 2023, Ibrox
RANGERS will look to seal their passage to the semi-final stage of the Scottish League Cup when they lock horns with Livingston at Ibrox on Wednesday night.
The Light Blues’ season got off to a rocky start as they stumbled out of the blocks in the Scottish Premiership before failing miserably in their attempts to return to the group stages of Champions League.
However, under-fire boss Michael Beale has steadied the ship to some degree of late thanks to three successive victories, though Rangers once again looked far from convincing when labouring to a 1-0 win over Motherwell at Ibrox on Sunday.
Back at their Govan base this midweek, boss Beale will be hoping for a much-improved showing from his side as the Gers aim to take another step closer to a first League Cup success since 2011.
Standing in their way of place in the last four at Hampden is a Livingston side who fell to a 4-0 defeat when they visited Ibrox on Scottish Premiership duty just last month.
Rangers are red-hot 1/8 (Bet 365) favourites to make it three home wins on the spin on Wednesday night.
Livingston held Rangers to a draw at Ibrox less than 12 months ago but the same outcome here is as big as 15/2 (Bet 365) while the team from the Tony Macaroni are a towering 17/1 (PaddyPower) to triumph inside 90 minutes.
I suspect another narrow home win could be on the cards here so I'm going to combine Rangers to Win, Under 5 match Goals and Over 1 Livingston Card at 10/11 (Bet 365).
Despite winning each of their last three matches, Michael Beale's men look a team low on confidence at the moment so it be could be another scrappy, low-scoring success this midweek.
In fact, each of Rangers' seven victories across all competitions this season have featured fewer than five match goals, and it would be fair to say that booking a semi-final berth won't come easy when faced with what is notoriously stubborn Livingston outfit.
Whilst the Lions went down 4-0 at this venue in early August, that scorleine flattered the Light Blues somewhat given that they were leading 1-0 with just 12 minutes to remaining on the clock.
What's more, Gers boss Beale is not being helped by a treatment room that is a lot busier than it was when these two sides met last month, which is far from ideal given that this cup tie will represent his side's third fixture in six days.
However, the hosts' superior quality should see them edge this one, but to bring about the aforementioned 10/11 (Bet 365) Bet Builder, I'll conclude the selection with at least two Livi bookings.
After tackling their way to five yellow cards against Celtic on Saturday, David Martindale's Lions sit top of the ill-discipline chart in the Scottish top-flight this term, and they may have to revert to the dark arts again here to stem the flow of Rangers' attacks.
With all that in mind, coupled with the fact that this 10/11 (Bet 365) combination has clicked in six of Rangers” seven victories in all competition this season, siding with the same wager at Ibrox on Wednesday night looks worthy of interest.
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