Second-placed Rangers might go into their fixture against St Johnstone as overwhelming 37/100 favourites, but recent results suggest the match might not be such a foregone conclusion.
While the defending Scottish Premier League champions are just two points off leaders Celtic, the rigours of fighting on numerous fronts seem to have taken their toll on Walter Smith’s men of late.
Rangers’ last five matches have seen them fall to a 3-2 home defeat to Dundee United and crash out of the Europa League to PSV Eindhoven.
Although they beat their Glasgow rivals in the Scottish League Cup, they have not won a game by more than a single goal since February and appear to be running out of steam at a crucial moment.
While Rangers will be looking to reignite their title charge against St Johnstone, McDiarmid Park has not been a happy hunting ground for away sides of late.
The Saintees have made their 10,456-capacity stadium into something of a fortress, remaining unbeaten at McDiarmid Park since their 2-0 defeat at the hands of Hearts on November 13th in a streak lasting ten matches.
With this in mind, a successful £10 bet on St Johnstone to draw with Rangers at bwin would return £44.
Even more impressively, just one goal has been conceded by St Johnstone in the near five-month run – an 80th-minute equaliser by Hibs’ David Wotherspoon in a 1-1 draw on March 5th.
Given this, a 0-0 draw might be the best bet, with this available at a price of 10/1 with bwin.
Should the deadlock be broken tomorrow (April 4th), the player most likely to get his name on the score sheet is Rangers’ Nikica Jelavic.
The Croatian has bagged four goals in his last eight appearances for the Gers, while he scored a hat-trick against Motherwell in February.
A £10 stake on Rangers to win the SPL title would return £24. New customers can register here to receive a £25 free bet.