Rangers v St Johnstone: Hosts to seal League Cup semi-final spot

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When Rangers host St Johnstone in the Scottish League Cup quarter final, the issue of “giant killing” is a confusing one.

Would a home win be considered the upset, considering they are a lower league team? Or would a St Johnstone victory be the real giant killing due to Rangers’ steeped history in the Scottish game?

A look at the match odds helps to solve the riddle, with Ally McCoist’s men handed the favourites tag by Ladbrokes, at a price of 10/11. The draw is available at 5/2, while an away win is priced up at 11/4, but do any of those selections make it into our best three bets for the game?

Rangers to win @ 10/11

The men from Ibrox have already dispatched a Premier League team to reach this point of the competition and have put together an impressive season so far, sitting second in the Championship and approaching the penultimate hurdle of the Challenge Cup too.

While they’ve only lost twice in all competitions so far, the visitors have struggled. Their trip to this quarter-final is the only bright spot in a campaign that sees them sitting ninth in the league and winless in their last four outings.

Both teams to score: No @ 17/20

This is a fixture that has historically failed to see both teams score.

Landing on the “no” side of this particular fence would have landed a winning bet in 14 of the pair’s last 19 battles.

St Johnstone bring a lack of scoring form into the encounter too, having bagged just four goals in their last seven games.

Rangers to keep a clean sheet @ 7/5

When the pair shared a rivalry in the top flight, Rangers often got the better of proceedings. They haven’t lost to St Johnstone in seven straight tussles with the Perthshire club, winning six, and have stopped the Saints from scoring in all but two of those matches.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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