Motherwell vs Rangers predictions and betting tips for the Scottish Premiership fixture on Sunday 7th April. Rangers will still be reeling from last weekend’s Old Firm defeat despite hammering Hearts in midweek, while their hosts here go into this one with very little to play for.
When these two met at Fir Park last year, neutrals enjoyed a thrilling 3-3 draw – with Kyle Lafferty scoring twice.
Since then, the season has panned out very differently for both sides. Rangers have ultimately come up short in their quest for a 55th title while Motherwell will be disappointed to have finished in the bottom half after a promising start.
You could argue that the pressure is off both teams now given that there’s a glass ceiling on what they can really achieve with just six fixtures remaining. Rangers, though, will be conscious of the fact that they’ve finished behind Aberdeen in each of their previous two seasons since returning to the top flight. Finishing second this season would mark quantifiable progress under Steven Gerrard and they’ll be looking for all three points here – of that there is no doubt.
At one stage, Motherwell looked as though they could be the top six’s surprise package but Stephen Robinson’s men have ultimately come up short. They’ll want to prove a point on Sunday but I’m not sure they’ll be able to do it. Rangers will be fielding a team full of players with a point to prove – with many playing for their futures. I think the Light Blues are more than capable of winning this by two goals or more, so at 7/4 I’ll be having some involvement.
Motherwell to win – 11/2
Draw – 16/5
Rangers to win – 4/6
Alfredo Morelos’ fifth red card of the season was the source of huge frustration to Rangers fans worldwide, but to one man in particular, it presents a wonderful opportunity. Morelos’ absence from the squad in midweek paved the way for Jermain Defoe to return to the starting XI, and he duly obliged with the opening goal against Hearts.
As well as the goal, Defoe’s all round display caught the eye of many and was ample proof that even in his later years the former England striker still has much to offer. You can be certain he’ll retain his place in the side on that basis alone, so who wouldn’t be curious about the price he is to be an anytime goalscorer? He’s 6/4, by the way!
Fir Park isn’t the easiest place in the Scottish Premiership to go and take three points, as Rangers found to their cost during the first half of the campaign. With that said, there has been very little to suggest that those backing Motherwell should be confident in their selection when considering recent form as the primary factor. The home side have won just two of their last six, with both of those victories coming against teams far inferior to Rangers.
I can see the visitors recording a second successive clean sheet and keeping one of the division’s tamer attacks quiet, whilst expecting them to have some attacking success. A 2-0 away win therefore looks to be in the right ballpark, which is 7/1.