Kick-off: 1230, 19/08/2018
Stadium: Rugby Park
TV: BT Sport
Rangers must travel to Kilmarnock for a tricky Scottish League Cup tie just three days after a demanding Europa League trip to Slovenia to face NK Maribor.
There is also the fact that the Glasgow outfit have not won on their last three visits to Rugby Park, including a 2-1 Premiership defeat just before Christmas.
Additionally, Killie held their own in three encounters at Ibrox last term, picking up a 1-0 win and a 1-1 draw, while only losing to a late strike in May’s final meeting.
The hosts are unbeaten in six outings this season, so 19/20 they win or draw in normal time here is an obvious Kilmarnock vs Rangers prediction.
A Look At Kilmarnock’s Betting Odds
Kris Boyd bagged both goals against his old club when Kilmarnock came out on top in December and he has made a decent start to the current campaign.
The 34-year-old former Scotland striker hit a hat-trick when Killie prevailed 4-2 at Dumbarton in this competition and wrapped up a 2-0 triumph over Queen’s Park with a late penalty.
In the Premiership, Steve Clarke’s side opened with a 2-0 victory over St Johnstone at this venue, before grinding out a solid goalless draw at Livingston.
After finishing a fine fifth in the table last term, former Chelsea and Liverpool assistant coach Clarke insists: “I’m relatively happy with the players I’ve got in the building.”
A Look At Rangers’ Betting Odds
New Rangers boss Steven Gerrard seems the type who does not like to lose at tiddlywinks, so we’re not expecting the visitors to roll over at Rugby Park.
However, this game will surely test the club’s strength in depth, coming so soon after the second Maribor match.
With Josh Windass and Declan John allowed to join Wigan and Swansea last week, plus injuries and suspensions, Rangers will be stretched in several key areas.
We think that makes the visitors worth taking on and 333/100 for a home win is too tempting to leave out of our Kilmarnock vs Rangers betting tips.
Livingston 0-0 KILMARNOCK
NK Maribor 0-0 RANGERS
Head-to-head: Rangers 1-0 Kilmarnock, Rangers 0-1 Kilmarnock, Kilmarnock 2-1 Rangers, Rangers 1-1 Kilmarnock, Kilmarnock 0-0 Rangers, Rangers 3-0 Kilmarnock
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