SlipsTips takes a look at the Bet Builder market ahead of Rangers meeting with St Mirren on Saturday afternoon.
Rangers vs St Mirren (Saturday, 15:00)
Rangers will attempt to take one step closer to securing the Scottish Premiership title when they take on St Mirren at Ibrox on Saturday.
Steven Gerrard’s side are within touching distance of ending their 10-year wait for a league title and they could be crowned champions this weekend if they see off St Mirren and Celtic then fail to topple Dundee United at Tannadice on Sunday.
The Ibrox outfit have been in imperious form all season, winning 27 of their 31 league so far and dropping just eight points as they storm towards a record-breaking 55th league crown.
St Mirren, meanwhile, have given themselves a great chance of clinching a place in the top-six of the Scottish Premiership and Jim Goodwin’s team make the short trip to Govan in the midst of a five-match unbeaten run.
However, Rangers have won all 15 of their home league matches this season and it’s therefore a case of having to get creative to get a decent price on a Gers win.
This is the type of assignment that Rangers have been particularly efficient in dealing with this season – 23 of the Teddy Bears 27 Scottish Premiership triumphs this term have featured fewer than five match goals,
However, the Light Blues may have to be patient when attempting to break down St Mirren’s stubborn defence – all 12 of the Paisley Saints league defeats this season have produced under five match strikes.
What’s more, under 2.5 goal backers would have been rewarded in each of the Buddies last five league outings, while five of Rangers last six league matches have delivered under three goals.
With that in mind, as well as Rangers remarkable defensive record (23 clean sheets in 31 league matches), I’m more than happy to combine yet another Rangers success and under 4.5 goals on Saturday.
In order to boost the Bet Builder price up to 4/5 (McBookie) I’ll also throw in under five match cards – Rangers are averaging less than one card per game this season, while St Mirren average 1.68 cautions per 90 minutes,
Steven Mclean is the man in the middle on Saturday and he is one the Scottish Premiership’s more lenient match officials this season, averaging a lowly 2.42 bookings per game.
When digging a bit deeper it can be seen that the Scottish whistler has flashed five or more cards in only 2/12 Scottish Premiership assignments this season and two or fewer cards in seven of those fixtures.
It’s also worth noting that the above-mentioned combination has clicked in 11/15 Rangers home games in the league this season and that only adds to the appeal of siding with the same formula at Ibrox on Saturday.