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Raith Rovers v Rangers | Betting Preview

Date: September 12, 2014
Venue: Stark’s Park, Kirkcaldy, Scotland
Kick-off time: 19.45 hours BST

The Scottish Championship resumes again after an international break and Raith Rovers will welcome the Rangers FC.

Raith Rovers are now just three points off the league leaders, Hearts and on same points with the opposition they will face this Saturday.

Raith Rovers’ form: W-W-L-L-W

After four games into the season, Rovers find themselves in a decent position in the league table. Last time around they heaped more misery on the Cowdenbeath side who have mustered just a solitary point this season.

They were dominant throughout the game and showed no signs of nervousness coming in the game on the back of a heavy defeat prior the Cowdenbeath game.

Rangers FC form: W-W-W-W-W

Rangers FC have not played a slick brand of football at the start of this season, but the results have been going their way. The players provided some respite for the fans, worried about the financial troubles at the Ibrox, on pitch in their last match against Queen of the South with some fighting spirit.

Against Raith Rovers, they have to be alert especially in defence that was exposed on more than one occasion against the Queen of the South.

Key Players

Raith Rovers: Ryan Conroy

The ex-Dundee winger has been a good attacking outlet for the Rovers and has to his name a few goals early in the season.

Having joined Rovers this summer, Conroy has settled down quickly. He needs to be on top of his form against Rovers.

Rangers FC: David Templeton

Against Queen of the South, Templeton came on as a substitute at half-time. The limp Rangers attack was suddenly turned into a mean machine and along with Kris Boyd, the supersub created havoc in the Queen half.

His stock is rising quickly at the Ibrox and his impact cannot be undermined. At these difficult times, Templeton looks like a ray of light amidst the gloom.

Betting Advice

The Rangers are huge favourites against the Rovers side, who have more often than not been riding their luck in the matches they have played this season. The Rangers start at 1.61 with bet365 to win the game, but I do expect the Rovers to play a defensively strong game and restrict the number of goals scored – 2.3 for less than +2.5 goals scored in the game.

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