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Rangers are mathematically just six wins away from the title now, but with such a healthy cushion at the top, nerves shouldn’t prove a factor as the countdown moves ever closer.
27 unbeaten league games have brought 24 wins, including 18 from the past 19, though they’ve been more efficient than spectacular of late as only one of the last six has seen them triumph by more than a single goal.
That recent exception came when hosting second-from-bottom Ross County and although Hamilton are the only side below the Staggies in the table, Steven Gerrard’s outfit have typically been more prolific at Ibrox.
Rangers To Win And Under 3.5 Goals
They’ve averaged exactly three goals per game at home and exactly two per game on their travels, beating Hamilton themselves 8-0 in Glasgow and just 2-0 here at New Douglas Park this term so far.
In fact, the visitors have scored more than twice in just three of 19 away league games since Christmas 2019, so Hamilton will feel that they can avoid a humiliation here.
Brian Rice’s team have seen fewer than four goals in 12 of 13 appearances since that aforementioned 8-0 hiding back in early November, so the away win and under 3.5 goals holds considerable appeal.
Indeed, that bet has landed in seven of the Gers’ past nine league matches on the road, including five of the last six, while in addition it’s paid out in seven of nine home or away too.
The away win doesn’t appear in doubt with Gerrard overseeing eight victories from nine encounters against Hamilton since pitching up in Glasgow, but we’d expect a more modest scoreline this time around.
Rangers To Win To Nil
Hamilton were beaten 2-1 by Ross County last time out as their fellow basement dwellers scored twice in the final 10 minutes, but they’re highly unlikely to find a goal here.
They had failed to score in six of their previous seven outings, which includes three that finished in 2-0 defeats and another that ended 3-0, including a pair of losses to Celtic.
The win to nil appears banker material then, but coupling it with under 3.5 goals makes sense to give some cover in case the visitors run a little wild. Six of Rangers’ last eight games have seen fewer than three goals, including four 1-0 victories, but the weakest defence in the division is capable of conceding more.
Alfredo Morelos is suspended for his recent stamp on Hibernian’s Ryan Porteous, while Brian Rice is without long-term absentees Shaun Want and David Templeton. However, we wouldn’t expect team news to make much of a difference here.
Hamilton will have been pleased to land Aberdeen’s Bruce Anderson on loan, with the frontman making his debut against Ross County last time out and bagging an assist, but he struggled to make an impact at Ayr United during the first half of the campaign and we can’t see him troubling Rangers’ ridiculously solid backline.