Hearts are W3-D5-L9 since mid-November and although their form is a much better W3-D4-L2 over their past nine games as Daniel Stendel has gotten to grips with his squad, one of those defeats saw them hammered 5-0 at Celtic Park, while two of their three wins came over League One outfits Airdrieonians and Falkirk in this competition.
They did beat Rangers here at Tynecastle in the league, but having suffered 3-0 and 5-0 defeats in the two previous meetings at Hampden Park and Ibrox, we wouldn’t expect them to replicate that performance.
Both Teams To Score
Indeed, prior to that most recent encounter, the Gers had won three of their last four unbeaten games on the road at Tynecastle or Murrayfield since 2017/18.
Both teams have now scored in each of Ranger’s past six away matches with Hearts going back to February 2017, while it’s also occurred in six of nine head-to-heads since April 2018 at any venue, as none of the exceptions were on Hearts’ own patch.
Both teams to score looks quite likely here. Excluding Hearts’ win to nil at third-tier Falkirk, it’s happened all but one of Hearts’ last five matches – that defeat away at Celtic – with Stendel’s side bagging nine goals and their opponents managing 14.
Meanwhile, both sides have found the net in five of Rangers’ last seven outings, as well as each of their past five domestically as they scored 10 times to their opponent’s six.
Rangers To Win And Both Teams To Score
Steven Gerrard’s men appear to have slipped from the title race, though they’ll head into this fixture in buoyant mood following their midweek result.
Victories in both legs over Braga continued a good series of cup performances under the former Liverpool midfielder this season, and not just in Europe where they’ve tussled with the likes of Feyenoord and Porto.
Rangers beat their opponents in this clash 3-0 en route to a narrow League Cup final loss against Celtic, as well as thumping Hamilton 4-1 on the road in the previous round of this tournament.
Given the title push is all but over now, Gerrard will understand the importance of strong performances in Europe and this competitions and will be desperate to land some silverware during his second year in Glasgow.
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