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Rangers are just four games away from an unbeaten season and although their final meeting with Celtic at the start of May will understandably be viewed as the make-or-break game, St. Johnstone are arguably the next biggest threat to that unbeaten status.
The Saints come into this game with just three defeats in 18 appearances across all competitions, as all three losses (inflicted by Rangers, Celtic and Aberdeen) each came by one-goal margins.
Callum Davidson’s side are an impressive W6-D1-L1 over their last eight, conceding just two goals across these appearances, and with a strong defensive record of late, we’d expect a tight encounter here.
In fact, each of those last seven games featured fewer than three goals, while the most recent head-to-head saw Rangers triumph 1-0 at the start of February.
Further, on home turf alone, St. Johnstone’s record of eight goals from 17 matches is by far the worst in the entire division this season, with Hamilton’s effort of 13 goals the next worst.
However, the 14 they’ve conceded can only be bettered by the Old Firm duo, so expect this to be a tight game that acts as a dress rehearsal for their cup meeting at the weekend.
Rangers To Win And Under 3.5 Goals
Whereas St. Johnstone enjoyed serene progress against third-tier strugglers Clyde this past weekend, Rangers of course had a more difficult assignment as they had to overcome Celtic to reach the Scottish Cup quarter-finals.
However, they were 2-0 up by half-time and then shut the game down, albeit surviving a missed penalty from Odsonne Edouard.
Resilience has become a key feature of this Rangers side under Steven Gerrard, with the Gers grinding out points on some occasions where they’ve been second best.
Following their fourth win in five unbeaten clashes with Celtic, Rangers and under 3.5 goals has paid out in 12 of their 17 clashes domestically against top-flight opponents.
That includes as many as six 1-0 victories, as five of those were picked up against teams that made the top-half cut at gameweek 33.
In fact, facing just those fellow top-half sides, Rangers and under 3.5 goals has landed in nine of 10 matches in all competitions since the start of December.
That bet holds obvious appeal in this encounter, with it paying out in all three encounters between the two sides this season.
In addition, 16 of St. Johnstone’s 17 defeats in all competitions since the start of 2020 have all seen fewer than four goals, with eight of these finishing just 1-0.