Dundee Utd have largely been competitive on their return to the top flight. Prior to a 4-0 thumping handed out by Kilmarnock last time out, they’d conceded just four goals in five games, but they’ve been low on output themselves.
Micky Mellon has seen a deal for Slovakian international Pavol Safranko to return on loan fall through, and will be keen to land a striker soon.
Lawrence Shankland, who had to pull out of the Scotland setup, bagged 24 goals in 26 matches in the Championship last term, but has yet to feature this season through injury.
Given the visitors have just four goals to their name this term, and having lost without scoring in three of their past four, that feels like an inevitable outcome here.
Rangers To Win To Nil
Rangers have a solid backline with quality in particular at full-back, while they’re yet to concede after six games. They won five of them, while they’ve covered the -1 handicap in four of the last five too.
In fact, the Gers have won to nil in 14 of 21 home games since April 2019, including eight of 11 since December. Dundee Utd have some convincing to do at the sharp end and the home win to nil looks profitable.
Steven Gerrard’s men haven’t always been the quickest off the mark though, going in level at half-time in 10 of their past 18 matches, including five of their past seven at home. Dundee Utd have also been all square at that point in four of their last five now, including an eventual defeat to Celtic.
However, we wouldn’t be too confident about the half-time/full-time market with Rangers taking a lead into the break in four of six games home or away so far this term.
Rangers To Win 2-0
Although Rangers have netted a reasonably healthy 1.8 goals per game this season, their 3-0 wins over St. Mirren and St. Johnstone last month are the only times in their past 18 matches where they’ve scored more than twice.
Without a focused and motivated Alfredo Morelos to lead the line, their output should continue along similar lines to recent displays, with enough goals around the team but no clinical striker to provide a goal glut.
That leaves the possibility of a third consecutive 2-0 win, following victories over Kilmarnock and Hamilton by that exact score at the end of last month.