Hearts v Rangers Tips: Gerrard’s men to see off injury-hit hosts?
Victory at Tynecastle this weekend would see Rangers go top of the Ladbrokes Premiership table – with fierce rivals Celtic preoccupied by the League Cup Final.
Earlier in the season, Heart of Midlothian looked a formidable side. But a string of injuries to key players has seen their form crumble.
Will Steven Gerrard’s men get the business done, or can their hosts grab a much-needed morale boost?
The head-to-head record is firmly in Rangers’ favour. They’ve won five of the last six meetings, drawing the other. Add in three wins on the spin in the league, and they should prove too strong here. The Gers are a shade of odds-on for victory at 4/5.
Four of the last six clashes between this pair have seen both sides net. It’s 7/10 for Both Teams to Score.
Rangers have won four games by a 3-1 scoreline already this term, and a repeat in the capital is available at 12/1.
Hearts’ best results this season have come when they’ve played 4-4-2. But the current injury crisis has hamstrung boss Craig Levein into a 4-4-1-1 with veteran workhorse Steven MacLean up front.
Gerrard is unlikely to switch up Rangers’ 4-3-3 system after their recent form. The Gers have scored 12 goals in their last three league games, with Alfredo Morelos in stunning form.
He’s likely to lead the line, with Glenn Middleton and Daniel Candeias on either side.
Morelos is unstoppable right now, hitting the net in each of the last six Prem games. The feisty Colombian is 6/5 Anytime, and 4/1 to Score Two or More Goals in Gorgie.
Captain James Tavernier is always a threat from right-back and is already on nine goals for the season. He’s 3/1 to get on the scoresheet.
Hearts’ best chance of a goal probably lies with MacLean. What the 36-year-old lacks in pace, he makes up for with coolness in front of goal. He’s 13/5 to net here.
When: 12:00pm, Sunday
Where: Tynecastle, Edinburgh
How to watch: BT Sport / BT Sport 4K UHD
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