Football betting enthusiasts are all aware of the concept of the ‘bogey team’. Most clubs have one, and the phenomenon is usually characterised by one team’s mysterious inability to get a result against another, no matter what the competition, the venue or the circumstances.
For fans and players of Motherwell, there is no doubt about which team has been their ‘bogey side’ in recent years. In fact, Rangers’ stranglehold over the Steelmen is so strong that it could be used to define the term in a dictionary.
Motherwell may have made a flying start to their league campaign but the odds are still stacked firmly against them this Sunday. Last season they faced Rangers four times in the SPL and lost on all four occasions. More worryingly though, the scorelines read 4-1, 1-4, 6-0 and 0-5.
Indeed, Motherwell haven’t beaten Rangers in the SPL since Boxing Day 2002, and it would take a brave man to back them to reverse this trend at odds of 4/1, although the draw at 13/5 may find some support.
The scorer of Well’s goal on that occasion was a young forward named James McFadden. The current pretender to McFadden’s throne is prized asset Jamie Murphy, and with two goals to his name already this season the home side might at least expect to find the net at Fir Park on Sunday. The odds on Motherwell scoring during the game are 3/5.
Rangers’ strikers will be rubbing their hands at the prospect of visiting their most generous hosts again, and with Nikica Jelavic and Stevie Naismith already on fire this season, bwin’s odds on a heavy away victory could tempt many punters to part with their cash.
The Gers are at 13/20 in the 3Way football betting market but can be backed to win 4-0 at 20-1, or 4-1 at 22/1. New bwin customers could win £465 if they stake their free £25 bet on the latter scoreline and their prediction proves correct.
For football betting fans who like to take their chances against the grain, the unlikely event of a goalless draw at Fir Park can be backed at 27/4.
If Motherwell can upset the odds and record their first victory over the Gers for nearly a decade their fans will no doubt be dreaming of mounting an unlikely title challenge, and with odds as long as 250/1 with bwin for Motherwell to win the SPL there might just be a few punters who fancy their chances.
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