With their eyes firmly set on a Europa League spot, Kilmarnock are not going to be taking this match lightly. They currently occupy 3rd place in the Scottish Premiership, level on points with Aberdeen, but with a superior goal difference of six. This meaning, they need to equal Aberdeen’s result or better. Although Aberdeen have no easy feat ahead of them as they travel to Easter Road to face a tough Hibs side, who’ll be looking to finish the season on a high.
Kilmarnock have done well to bounce back following their two defeats after the split, they’ve brushed aside both Edinburgh clubs after losses to Celtic and Aberdeen. All four of their matches in the Championship group, following their split have been 1-0’s, this obviously points to the strength of the very tight and stern team that Steve Clarke has set up. Apart from the Old Firm, they hold the best defensive record in the league, and this speaks volumes of where they have finished this season.
Rangers on the other hand have also had a great season, finishing comfortably second behind Celtic, but still within touching distance for most of the season. Many Rangers fans will see this as a poor season, but in Steven Gerrard’s first season in management, it’s definitely been a success. With European football already long guaranteed, Steven Gerrard and his Rangers side can look ahead to next season with optimism.
Rangers form on the other hand has been imperious of late, winning their last six games, scoring 14 and conceding just a solitary goal. The latest victory in their current streak came just last week in the most recent Old Firm match. The Gers came out on top with a convincing 2-0 victory, getting their second taste of Old Firm glory this season.
Kilmarnock vs Rangers team news
The only player missing for Steve Clarke is defend Scott Boyd, he’s been out for some time now and isn’t expected back this season. They’re likely to keep their starting line-up the same as it was last time out vs Hibs, with young striker Eamonn Brophy they vocal point of their attack.
Rangers on the other hand are fairly plagued with injuries as of late, with Graham Dorrans, Gareth McAuley and Jamie Murphy, all still facing long-term periods on the side-lines. Steven Gerrard is likely to be without target man striker Kyle Lafferty, as he still faces late fitness worries.
Steven Gerrard is likely to start up top with Alfredo Morelos, as the Colombian looks to cement his place as the golden boot winner. He currently sits top of the charts, just one goal ahead of Aberdeen’s Sam Cosgrove.
Reasons for Kilmarnock vs Rangers predictions
As previously stated, Kilmarnock have been notorious this season for tight matches. Just in the back of my mind, I’m thinking the free-flowing gung-ho style that Rangers play, will serve them well as they visit Rugby Park. With this in mind, I’m liking the look of Both Teams to Score – Yes @ 1.90. Kilmarnock have been very tight at the back of recent, but when the league’s leading scorers visit on Sunday, I think the match could be very open.
With Kilmarnock just needing to match Aberdeen’s result, I think there is a fair bit of value in Kilmarnock Double Chance @ 2.05. They’ll obviously have one eye on the Aberdeen match, but with it all in their hands, they know a result vs Rangers will get them into Europe.
As I mentioned earlier, Alfredo Morelos will be very keen to get his name on the scoresheet to cement his claim for the Golden Boot, you can get him to score anytime @ 2.20.
Both Teams to Score @ 1.90
Kilmarnock Double Chance @ 2.05
Alfredo Morelos to Score Anytime @ 2.20