By Maryam Naz
26th October 2018
Rangers ended their winless run away from Ibrox in timely fashion last weekend, but they’ll have to overcome tired legs from their midweek encounter with Spartak Moscow to continue that upward trend in their Scottish League Cup semi-final clash with Aberdeen at Hampden Park.
Aberdeen vs Rangers: Odds and Predictions
Steven Gerrard’s men are 10/11 in our betting tips to continue their serene progress through the competition with a victory inside 90 minutes, while they’re a 1/2 pick to progress to the final by any means.
However, they’ve drawn their last two meetings with the Dons, with the match betting going 5/2 about the normal time stalemate landing the odds for their third successive encounter.
The Pittodrie side are wagering at 3/1 to grab their first win over the Gers since May 2017 without recourse to extra-time, while they can be backed to get the job done in any fashion whatsoever at 6/4.
Our Aberdeen vs Rangers predictions foresee the sides proving inseparable once again at Hampden, with the Gers’ blossoming under Gerrard likely to be severely blunted by the absences through suspension of frontmen Alfred Morelos and Kyle Lafferty.
Aberdeen vs Rangers head-to-head (most recent first): Aberdeen 1-1 Rangers, Aberdeen 1-1 Rangers, Rangers 2-0 Aberdeen, Aberdeen 1-2 Rangers, Rangers 3-0 Aberdeen, Rangers 1-2 Aberdeen.
Aberdeen vs Rangers predictions: correct score, best bet, scorer tips
Correct score prediction: Aberdeen 1-1 Rangers, odds @ 5/1
The Dons’ scoring form coming into this showdown has followed a familiar formula, with any of their opponents this season, other than twice-thrashed St Mirren, limiting them to one goal or none at all.
Defensively they’ve been similarly dour, shipping once or less in 11 of their 13 outings so far in 2018/19, suggesting they’ll be tough for the depleted attack of the Glasgow boys to break down.
So far as this correct score bet wager goes our Aberdeen vs Rangers predictions can’t see the Ibrox side having the moxie to score more than once against Derek McInnes’ disciplined rearguard in the absence of Lafferty and the red-hot Morelos.
The rationale for our correct score betting tips should tell you all you need to know, but here’s some further persuasion anyhow.
Gerrard’sbackupp strikers Jamie Murphy and Umar Sadiq have one goal between them this season across all competitions in 2018/19, while only one player in McInnes’ entire squad has bagged more than twice on any front this term.
Goalscorer prediction: James Tavernier to score first, odds @ 17/2
The Gers skipper is in a rich vein of goalscoring form at present, so much so that he’s the club’s second most prolific marksmen this season, with eight strikes to his name.
Being the go-to man so far as penalties are concerned has certainly aided that and in a game that’s sure to be tight, that makes him all the better value for our Aberdeen vs Rangers predictions.
Similarly underrated as a potential pick for this encounter is Dons midfielder Gary Mackay-Steven, the Granite City outfit’s leading goal-getter in 2018/19 is fifth-equal in the Aberdeen scorer betting despite those efforts projecting 9/1 to net first.
Aberdeen vs Rangers stats:
- Nine of Aberdeen’s 13 games this season have rewarded under 2.5 goals bettors.
- The last three meetings between these sides have delivered exactly two strikes.
- Across Rangers’ last seven games in all competitions, they’ve either scored three or more (five times or not at all (twice).
Maryam is a female football writer, who grew up playing a wide variety of sport. She slowly became converted as a lover of football around the age of 10, and her interest in it drove her to pursue it not only physically, but also academically. In her first year of college she cemented a placement at the Independent, whom she worked for before branching out to Premier League-accredited sites like the female-led 'Offside Rule' blog and RealSport. She studied English at University alongside this, and is now a digital copy-writer and editor, specialising in sports journalism.