St. Johnstone are yet to win this season and across all competitions they’ve drawn six of nine matches, with the defeats inflicted by Galatasaray and LASK in Europe, as well as Dundee Utd domestically.
Seven of the nine games featured fewer than three goals, which is perhaps unsurprising with St. Johnstone a relatively low-scoring team, netting just 36 times from 38 matches last season and just once from four league games this term.
Rangers have also suffered defeat to Dundee Utd this season, sandwiched by other losses to Malmo in Europe, though they’ve recovered from the three-game losing streak to win four of five unbeaten matches since then.
Rangers To Win To Nil
With four clean sheets across those fixtures, the defence is looking more like it’s usual self, especially with the most recent shutout coming against a Celtic side that have found scoring goals easy this term.
Given Saint Johnstone have failed to net in their past three outings, another clean sheet appears likely here.
Across all competitions, each of the three head-to-heads in 2021 so far have featured fewer than three goals, with two ending in stalemates and Rangers edging the other.
The Gers have kept clean sheets in five of eight meetings since 2019, with the win to nil landing in three of four league meetings last term.
Under 2.5 Goals
Rangers aren’t exactly thumping teams though and a lower-scoring encounter seems probable.
They’ve scored more than once in just two of their last eight appearances, with one of those coming against Championship outfit Dunfermline in the League Cup.
However, they’ll feel like momentum is back in their favour after victory in the Old Firm derby before the international break.
Steven Gerrard is without Ianis Hagi sidelined after testing positive for Covid-19, but centre-back Filip Helander appears to have shaken off a knock to boost the defence.
Callum Davidson has far greater selection problems and could be without seven or eight players for this clash, with a crisis in midfield especially worrying.
Cammy MacPherson and Murray Davidson both have shoulder injuries, Craig Bryson is yet to feature this season, while David Wotherspoon has been on international duty with Canada and won’t be back until a day before this game.
Star man Ali McCann was sold to Preston on deadline day, while beyond all those midfielders, captain Jason Kerr (centre-back) was sold to Wigan and winger Glenn Middleton is ineligible to face his parent club.
RANGERS TO WIN TO NIL
UNDER 2.5 GOALS