By Maryam Naz
Last Updated: 28th September 2018
Livingston will welcome Rangers to the Tony Macaroni stadium as part of the lunchtime kick-off on Sunday 30th September. The clash, which will be aired by Sky Sports, will be keenly watched by Aberdeen fans, who will be willing the Bluenoses to slip up away from home.
Livingston vs Rangers: Odds and predictions
Rangers’ revitalisation under Steven Gerrard seems to have taken place almost exclusively at Ibrox, but that hasn’t stopped them being priced up as 4/9 favourites for the win at Almondvale.
Despite being on their third manager since securing promotion, Livi are level on points with the Glasgow club, but still 6/1 outsiders for victory on their own patch, with the draw a 7/2 selection as the final installation of our Livingston vs Rangers predictions.
The match betting offers plenty of leeway for Livingston v Rangers predictions that want to take on the Old Firm outfit, so we’ll be serving up tips that oppose guests who’ve won on just two of their past eight visits to this West Lothian ground.
Head-to-head (most recent first): Livingston 1-0 Rangers, Rangers 4-1 Livingston, Livingston 1-1 Rangers, Rangers 1-0 Livingston, Rangers 3-0 Livingston, Livingston 1-1 Rangers.
Livingston vs Rangers predictions: match betting, best bet, scorer tips
Livingston vs Rangers prediction: 0-0 correct score @ 11/1 pick
Ropey road form is seriously undermining Rangers’ renaissance under Gerrard. They’ve claimed a mere two points from four away league games this term and won just two of nine on their travels across all competitions in 2018/19, drawing six times.
Since the baptism of fire that saw Gary Holt’s men travel to Celtic and lose 3-1 in their first game of the season, Livi have gone unbeaten, winning three times and halting leaders Hearts’ winning start to the campaign at Easter Road last weekend.
That sequence includes four clean sheets and brings the Livingston double-chance, Lions draw no bet and the draw odds into play as 17/10, 15/4 and 7/2 predictions, respectively. However, the hosts aren’t particularly prolific and they’ve already been shut out four times in 2018/19.
All three of the Lions’ draws in all competitions this term have been goalless affairs and it could be worth chancing the double bagel as a longshot betting pick as part of our Livingston vs Rangers predictions.
Best Bet: Draw and under 2.5 goals @ 4/1
If the spectacle of betting on 0-0 isn’t your type of pick, then a nonetheless nicely-priced punt on the fixture is the draw/under 2.5 goals double.
Rangers have failed to net in only three of their nine road games this term, while Livingston have scored in two of their three home league games.
Scorer betting tip predictions: Alan Lithgow to score anytime @ 8/1
If the sheets are to be sullied, then alongside obvious candidates’ such as four-league-goals-and-counting 10/11 anytime pick Kyle Lafferty, the Gers’ James Tavernier’s hot streak under the new management could be worth getting on board with.
The Bradford-born fullback has notched five times in all competitions this term, including in his last two league games – his first goalscorer odds of 17/2 are of interest here.
Our Livingston prediction for the scorer betting is veteran defender Alan Lithgow, the club’s equal top scorer across all competitions last term and already off the mark in 2018/19.
Lithgow is a princely 25/1 to bag the opener and an 8/1 tip in the anytime odds four our Livingston vs Rangers predictions.
Livingston vs Rangers stats: Opta
- Livi have won just one of their 16 matches against Rangers in the Scottish Premiership (D4 L11), a 2-1 victory in April 2002.
- Under manager Steven Gerrard, six of Rangers’ nine away games in all competitions have been drawn (W2 L1).
- Scottish Premiership top scorers Rangers have had more shots on target (39) than any other side in the division so far this season, as well as having the league’s best shot conversion rate (19.7%).
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.