Hearts vs Rangers Betting Tip Under 2.5 goals – 26 January 2020

Rangers could be made to work for victory

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ScotlandHearts vs RangersScotland
26th January 1500hrs
Football – Scotland – Premiership
Pick Under 2.5 goals
Bookmaker Betfair
Odds: 8/5 odds taken 1800 GMT, Thursday 23 January

Rangers sit two points behind leaders Celtic with a game in hand and will be looking to better their last visit to this venue when Hearts held them to a 1-1 draw back in October.

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Hearts Preview – Can bottom club Hearts take points off Rangers for the second time this season?

It’s going to be a series of small steps rather than anything dramatic for Hearts to get out their current situation. A goalless draw away to Ross County on Wednesday was a game to be forgotten but it could well be a valuable points come the end of the season. It was made into a decent result by the fact that Hamilton – who sit directly above them – loss to Hibernian. The gap is now four points going into the weekend but could well be bigger if Accies get a result on Saturday.


Our betting prediction:
Rangers win/Under 2.5 goals

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This is the pressure that Daniel Stendl and his players are going to face between now and the end of the season in their current predicament. On one hand it’s another game without a league win but alternatively, it’s three games unbeaten when you factor in the Scottish Cup win last weekend.

To put that into some context, it’s the first time they have been able to do that since September. They have not managed to go four without defeat in almost a year.

Rangers Preview – Will Rangers make it seven wins in a row as they continue to win their first title?

It wasn’t pretty but three points are the only important thing at this stage of the season and Rangers 1-0 win over St Mirren at Ibrox on Wednesday is another game ticked off in their pursuit of winning a first title since liquidation. The mission, put simply, is to win all their games. Do that and Rangers will be crowned champions. That’s easier said than done of course but it’s the mindset Steven Gerrard will demand from his players.

The win over St Mirren means Rangers have won six straight games and conceded just one goal in that time. It’s the sort of run that is required at this part of the season.

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Jermaine Defoe has scored in each of Rangers’ games this year following the winter break. Alfredo Morelos’ suspension extends to this weekend which means Defoe will once again lead the line for his club. He may not bring the same attributes or qualities but his influence is there for all to see and if given the correct service will continue to score goals.

This is Rangers’ second visit to Tynecastle this season and were poor when drawing 1-1 back in October. They have since put eight goals past Hearts in the two games proceeding that. Once at Ibrox in the league and against them in the League Cup at Hampden.

Hearts vs Rangers Betting Advice

This will be Stendl’s first match against Rangers so in a way those previous heavy defeats will count for little. He hopes. Gerrard highlighted his team’s start to the game the last time they played here as the reason they failed to win so expect a quicker and more intensive beginning to the game for the visitors.

Key Facts – Hearts vs Rangers Betting Tip

  • A goalless draw in midweek means Hearts have narrowed the gap between themselves and 11th place to four points
  • Rangers are unbeaten on their domestic travels this season winning nine of their 11 league away matches
  • The sides have played three times this season with Rangers winning comfortable twice but dropping points on their last visit to Tynecastle


There have not been a huge amount of goals at Tynecastle in the league of late and I can see that continuing here. Seven of the last eight have had two or fewer goals. Rangers have not been creating a lot of chances without Morelos in the team and just as the earlier meeting here went under 2.5 goals, I can see this being another low-scoring affair.


The best betting odds for Hearts vs Rangers

Hearts to win: 10/1 at Bet365
Draw: 4/1 at Bet365
Rangers to win: 3/10 at Bet365