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St Joseph's vs Rangers Betting Tips: Latest odds, team news, preview and prediction

11:17 EAT 08/07/2019
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Our tipster thinks that Steven Gerrard's side will come out on top in a goal-laden game when they begin their Europa League campaign in Gibraltar

Rangers' Europa League adventure kicks off against St Joseph's in Gibraltar on Tuesday evening.

Steven Gerrard's men reached the group stages of this competition last term. Matching that achievement, at least, is the Gers target this time around so it would represent a significant shock should Rangers fail to swat Raul Procopio's minnows aside.

Latest odds

Indeed, the gulf between these teams is reflected by the odds available. Rangers are available at just 1/16 (1.06) with William Hill to win Tuesday's first-leg fixture. The same firm go 8/1 (9.0) that the Gers are forced to settle for a share of the spoils in Gibraltar.

St Joseph's won their first ever match in European competition - against Prishtina of Kosovo - to set up this tie. The odds compilers offer a chunky 20/1 (21.0) that Procopio's side stun the Scots on Tuesday.

Team news

New recruits Greg Stewart, Jake Hastie, Joe Aribo and Jordan Jones could all make their debuts for the Gers and Gerrard will be looking for an emphatic performance from his new recruits in Rangers' first competitive fixture of the campaign.

Preview

St Joseph's have scored in each of their last four fixtures in this competition however William Hill offer 9/4 (3.25) that both teams are on target. The same firm go 4/1 (5.0) Procopio's side strike before the break against Gerrard's men.

Rangers, though, will be desperate to avoid any suggestion of a shock in Tuesday's tussle. The men from Ibrox are available at just 1/2 (1.50) with William Hill to lead at the 30-minute mark of this match and it is 11/20 (1.55) that the visitors win both halves.

Prediction

There is potential for goals to flow when these sides meet. St Joseph's have seen managed just one clean sheet in six matches in European competition and this fixture represents by far the biggest test that the men from Gibraltar have ever faced.

Given the expected gulf in both experience and quality between these teams, Rangers will surely see an opportunity to rack up a big win. As such, the 17/20 (1.85) quote for the Gers to shut out the hosts - and score more than two goals - could represent excellent value.

'No' to both teams to score & over 2.5 goals at 17/20 (1.85) for a 1pt stake with William Hill