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Rangers v East Fife: New Ibrox era to begin with comfortable win

| 07.08.2012

Rangers are set for competitive home action for the first time since their relegation to the Scottish Third Division, as heavy 1/8 favourites for Scottish League Cup victory over East Fife.

Such a short price has likely never been attributed to a side taking on one from a league above them, but after maintaining the nucleus of a strong squad, it is difficult to see past Rangers in this tie.

Those who do fancy East Fife to cause an upset can have a huge 11/1 about an away triumph in 90 minutes though, while it is 11/2 that a stalemate forces extra-time.

Punters searching for value may be better advised to partake in correct score betting in Rangers’ favour though, especially considering Ladbrokes are best price on this market, as well as first scorer and half-time/full-time markets too.

2-0 was the most commonly occurring scoreline that the Old Firm outfit won by last term, and a Rangers success by that margin may prove a shrewd investment at 13/2 here too.

It is also worth noting that two goals was the most commonly occurring total Rangers struck in games over the course of the last campaign, and more cautious punters may like the 8/13 about the home side leading 2-0 at any time in 90 minutes.

Alternatively, Rangers can be backed at 11/10 to score two or three times in the match, which looks highly tempting, while punters believing home dominance is on the cards can back the Ibrox outfit to lead at the end of each half at 4/7.

Andrew Little meanwhile, is 3/1 favourite to open the scoring for Rangers, after coming to prominence with five goals in ten starts in the latter stages of last season.

Little broke the deadlock in Rangers’ Ramsdens Cup victory over Brechin City little over a week ago, and looks well worth a punt to do so again, particularly at that best-price 3/1.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.



John Klee