Hibernian have made an excellent start to the season with five wins from seven games, as the sole defeat came at the hands of Aberdeen. They’re yet to concede a goal from open play, with the three they’ve conceded a stunning free-kick and a pair of penalties.
However, the Old Firm duo are a cut above everyone else in the division and the backline will receive a stern examination here.
Rangers have kicked off their campaign with six wins from seven unbeaten games, as they’re yet to concede a goal at all this term.
In fact, including pre-season victories over Lyon, Nice, Motherwell and Coventry, the Gers have kept 12 clean sheets in 13 appearances since returning to action in July, with win to nils in 11 of them, as a 1-0 defeat away at Leverkusen in Europe was their sole concession.
Although Rangers have had a midweek trip to Gibraltar to face Lincoln Red Imps, Steven Gerrard’s men didn’t have to get out of first gear in the 5-0 win over such pitiful opponents.
Given he had the opportunity to rest a couple with Ryan Kent and Steven Davis missing out, we doubt it will have proved a huge physical strain.
Rangers To Win And Under 3.5 Goals
Hibs have failed to score in their last two at Easter Road, and while one was against Aberdeen, the other blank was drawn when welcoming rock-bottom Motherwell.
Rangers have won each of the last four head to heads between these two by an aggregate 12-2 scoreline, including a 3-0 win at this venue last term, and the win to nil holds considerable appeal.
The visitors do however have some injuries to contend with. Four players were added to the treatment room when thumping Dundee Utd 4-0 last weekend – Leon Balogun, Ryan Jack, Brandon Barker and Alfredo Morelos – though the latter struck twice from the bench midweek in any case.
That’s in addition to the already sidelined Joe Ariba, but there’s enough depth about Rangers’ squad to plug the gaps.
Although the win to nil appears highly likely, we doubt this will be a high-scoring game and Rangers & Under 3.5 Goals offers a little more protection in case of a slip up.
Nine of Rangers’ last 10 road trips have seen fewer than four goals, as have eight of Hibs’ last 10 at home, and with neither side yet to concede from open play this term a low-scoring Rangers win makes sense.