Rangers might have been struggling in the SPL of late, having picked up just ten points from the last available 18, but they couldn’t have asked for a better opponent than Motherwell to try and get their stuttering season back on track again.
Motherwell haven’t beaten Rangers since Boxing Day 2002 – more than nine years ago – and you have to go back as far as 1997 to find the last time they won a game at Ibrox.
In the last nine meetings against the champions in all competitions the Steelmen have lost seven times and conceded a ridiculous 34 goals – an average of more than 3.7 per game.
It is a measure of Motherwell’s shocking record against the Ibrox club that August’s 3-0 defeat at Fir Park marked a significant improvement on the previous two encounters, which they lost 5-0 and 6-0.
As if all that wasn’t enough to put you off backing the visitors already, Motherwell lost their last game 2-0 away to Hearts and are looking for their first win in three games in Glasgow on Monday.
Despite their record of scoring more than 3.7 goals per game against Motherwell, however, Rangers haven’t scored more than two goals in a game since November 5th, eight games ago.
With this in mind, it is little surprise that Rangers are odds-on favourites with bwin to pick up all three points, priced at 3/10. Motherwell are as long as 19/2, while the draw is on offer at 18/5.
Despite their record of scoring more than 3.7 goals per game against Motherwell, however, Rangers haven’t scored more than two goals in a game since November 5th, eight games ago – a run which has coincided with the serious injury to striker Stevie Naismith.
The 1-0 defeat to Celtic on Wednesday was the third time in seven games they have failed to find the net and they don’t look anywhere near as dangerous as they did at the start of the season.
With this in mind, it might pay to back a lower-scoring win than normal. You will find odds of 21/10 on Rangers winning with less than 2.5 goals scored in the game and staking your free £25 bet for joining bwin.com on this outcome would return £77.50 if successful.
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