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Rangers vs Celtic Scottish Premiership Preview, Betting Tips, Team News & Predictions – 01/09/19

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The first Old Firm derby of the Scottish Premiership season takes place at Ibrox Stadium on Sunday as Rangers take on Celtic.

The noon kick-off promises plenty of high-octane action as two fierce rivals square off for local bragging rights and an early advantage in the title race.

Rangers vs Celtic – Scottish Premiership 2019/20

Where to Watch

Venue: Ibrox Stadium

Date: 01/09/19

Kick Off Time: 12:00 BST

Referee in Charge: Bobby Madden

TV Channel / Live Stream: This game is being broadcast live for Sky Sports subscribers. It will be available on Sky Sports Football from 11am and Sky Sports Main Event from 11:30am. SkyGo customers can also tune into what promises to be a feisty affair.

Rangers vs Celtic – The Form Guide

Both teams have made perfect starts domestically with three wins apiece. Celtic have been the most prolific side in the division, netting 15 times including a 7-0 thumping of St Johnstone on matchday one.

It will be a quick turnaround for the Glasgow pair who were both in Europa League action on Thursday night. Steven Gerrard’s side beat Legia Warsaw 1-0 at home while the Hoops headed to Sweden where they recorded a comfortable 4-1 win over AIK. That additional travel could play an important role given this clash in played at noon on Sunday.

Home advantage has proved key in recent Old Firm derbies in the Scottish Premiership. The respective hosts have won each of the previous five head-to-head meetings.

What is the Team News?

Sheyi Ojo recovered from a knock to play against Legia Warsaw so Gerrard should have a fully fit squad to pick from.

Things are more difficult for the visitors though. Osdonne Edouard and Kris Ajer both sustained injuries in the emphatic win over AIK. The former was suffering from cramp but Ajer is a major doubt for the Old Firm derby after Neil Lennon confirmed he suffered a groin strain.

If either are ruled out of Sunday’s trip to Ibrox they’ll join Hatem Abd Elhamed and Moritz Bauer, neither of whom are ready for first-team selection yet.

Predicted line-ups

Rangers Predicted line-up: McGregor; Tavernier, Goldson, Katic, Barisic; David, Jack, Aribo; Ojo, Morelos, Arfield.

Celtic Predicted line-up: Forster; Bolingoli Mbombo, Bitton, Jullien, Ralston; McGregor, Brown, Christie, Johnston, Forrest; Edouard.

Celtic Fans

Latest Odds

Betway make Rangers 11/8 (2.38) favourites for this game. The home side have been a popular bet in the market while Celtic have drifted to 2/1 (3.0) underdogs, perhaps as a result of Thursday night’s injury news. The draw trades at 9/4 (3.25) although these sides haven’t shared the spoils since December 2017.

Opposing Both Teams to Score has been a profitable play in recent meetings but neither side look solid enough at the back. It’s 8/11 (1.73) that there are goals at both ends. While that looks fair, there are better goal-based selections for this clash.

Score Prediction

Having won the last two derby meetings at this venue it’s tough to look past Rangers, especially given Celtic played away on Thursday evening. They get the nod to win the 418th meeting between these sides. Gerrard’s men are 8/1 (9.0) to triumph by a 2-1 score line with Betway.

Betting Tip

There’s a standout bet for this Old Firm derby. Both Rangers and Celtic have seen the majority of the goalmouth action after half-time in their league games this season. Backing the second half to contain the most goals has paid out in all six combined league matches that the pair have contested this term.

Given there will be a highly-charged atmosphere at Ibrox, backing a repeat at 11/10 (2.10) with Betway looks a superb selection.