Aberdeen v Rangers Betting Preview, Odds & Tips | 5th August
Shay Conaghan (@ShayConaghan) previews Aberdeen v Rangers and provides us with his best bets for Sunday’s Premiership clash by analysing team news, potential line-ups, head-to-head, key stats and facts and more.
Aberdeen v Rangers Betting Preview, Odds & Tips
- Date: 05/08/18
- Time: 13:00
- Venue: Pittodrie Stadium
- Channel: Sky Sports Football
Aberdeen faced misery as they were knocked out by Burnley in extra-time in their Europa League qualifiers, despite drawing both matches 1-1. After their elimination from the competition, Derek McInnes will now be fully focused on domestic competitions as he tries to win the league for Aberdeen for the first time since 1985. McInnes has done well for the Dons since taking over from Craig Brown in 2013, leading them to 4 consecutive season finishing second, and now he has the perfect opportunity to challenge for any of the domestic title and break Celtic’s monopoly. Lewis Ferguson has already made an impact on the team, scoring an overhead-kick against Burnley in Europe to give his side a slither of hope, all at the age of 18. Scott McKenna is also tipped for a move away from the club, with Swansea the favourites to sign the 21-year-old, but for now he remains. The ridiculous sale of Adam Rooney will have no impact on the Dons, as his goals were next to nothing to Kenny McLean 11 strikes in all competition.
Aberdeen’s pre-season was an inconsistent one, drawing three games, losing one and winning 4, with those victories coming earlier on in the season. Playing at home will give the Dons a significant advantage, and only time will tell if McInnes’ side can do enough to challenge Celtic a little more than the season beforehand.
Rangers’ fans will be extremely excited at the prospect of a successful Steve Gerrard team. This job is Gerrard’s first venture into a senior managerial job after he was in charge of one of Liverpool’s youth side.
The “Gerrard Revolution” piles a lot of pressure on the ex-Liverpool player. The Gers had a series of problems last season that impeded them from finishing in second place. Their defensive record was criminal for a side placing 3rd, conceding 50 goals in the league. Gerrard has brought in three defenders, including ex-teammate Jon Flanagan, in the hopes of improving their solidity at the back. Rangers would also do well to better their home record and their form against city rivals Celtic, who they have failed to beat since being promoted in 2016, losing 9 times in the process.
Other than Mark Reynolds, who is injured after having knee surgery, Aberdeen have a full team.
Steven Gerrard has a full squad to choose from as there are no missing players.
Potential Aberdeen Starting XI: Lewis, Logan, Devlin, McKenna, Considine, Shinnie, Hoban, Mackay-Steven, Ferguson, McGinn, Cosgrove.
Potential Rangers Starting XI: Foderingham, Tavernier, Katić, Goldson, Flanagan, Coulibaly, Jack, Candeias, Ejaria, Kent, Morelos.
Head To Head
- Rangers have won 4 times in their last 6 meeting, the other two being a draw and a victory for the Dons.
Key Stats & Facts
- There have been under 2.5 goals scored in Aberdeen’s last 7 games.
- There have been over 2.5 goals scored in 19 of Rangers’ last 22 away games.
- Aberdeen have a clean sheet in 5 of their last 7 matches.
- Aberdeen 19/10
- Draw 9/4
- Rangers 7/5
I think this match will be a draw due to the fact there’s no major difference in quality between the sides. Aberdeen have been able to keep a few clean sheets, but it won’t be enough to keep Rangers at bay.