Tom Love (@TomLove_18) previews Rangers v St Joseph’s and provides us with his best bets for Thursday’s clash by analysing team news, potential line ups, head to head, key stats, facts and more.

Rangers v St Joseph’s Betting Preview, Odds & Tips

  • Date: 18/07/19
  • Time: 19:45
  • Venue: Ibrox

Rangers did what they had to do in the first tie between Gibraltar minnows St Joseph’s, winning 4-0. It makes this tie a bit of a non-event and you’re not going to get rich back the hosts at 1/33 to win once more.

Steven Gerrard could mix up his starting line up. George Edmondson, Greg Stewart, Andy Halliday and Joe Aribo could come in after starting on the bench last week. The Gers have been looking sharp in pre-season, recently dispatching Marseille 4-0 and swatting aside Oxford 5-0 before that.

They’ve managed to hold onto top scorer Alfredo Morelos too for the time being at least and they look to have a lot of attacking threats now with the experienced goalscorer Jermain Defoe and the lively Sheyi Ojo coming in too from Liverpool.

They should win this relatively comfortably. I can’t say I know anything about their opposition here but the disparity is there for all to see. Rangers are probably the biggest club at this qualifying stage out of anyone and here it’s just about finding a way to get them inside at a reasonable price.

Team News

Potential Rangers Starting XI: Foddringham, Tavernier, Goldson, Edmundson, Barasic, Halliday, Aribo, Stewart, Ojo, Jones, Defoe.

Potential St Joseph’s Starting XI: Matteo, Villar, Pecci, Torres, Labato, Guerrero, Ferrer, Pedrito, Juanfri, Boro, Cornejo.

Betting Odds

  • Rangers – 1/33
  • Draw 16/1
  • St Joseph’s – 25/1

The Verdict

Despite the odds being heavily skewed in the Glasgow sides favour there is still some value to be found. We can do so by using Bet365’s useful BetBuilder feature. Combine the double result of Rangers HT/Rangers FT along with under 6 goals and we get an attractive 10/11 shot.

It should be comfortable for the hosts but there’s no need for them to go hammer and tongs for an absolute mauling, with the away side unlikely to score themselves the under 6 goals part of this bet looks fair to me. Given Rangers are 1/6 to be leading at half time and to go on and win the game and under 6 goals is 2/9 respectively, combine the two short prices to get near enough evens and it looks a good thing. I’ll propose a 2 point play here.

Recommended Bets

  • 2pts – Rangers HT/FT and under 6 goals – 10/11 (Bet365)