Rangers vs Hamilton
Time- UK: 3.00pm, India-8.30pm (Sunday)
Venue: Ibrox Stadium
In spite of having a glorious opportunity to register a famous victory against Benfica in the Europa League, Steven Gerrard’s side had to be satisfied with just one point as they allowed the Portuguese giants to come back in the match, despite leading by two goals.
However, with the international break now looming over the horizon, the Glasgow giants will look to head into the break on a positive note and will want nothing less than a win against Hamilton Academical in the Scottish Premiership on Sunday.
This is going to be the second meeting between the two sides this season, with the last one at New Douglas Park ending in a 2-0 win for Rangers.
The Gers are yet to lose this season and have built a nine-point lead over bitter rivals Celtic, who have two games in hand.
Rangers vs Hamilton: Recent form
The two sides will have their own agendas to fulfil when they meet each other at Ibrox on Sunday. For the league leaders, they could march forward in their bid to stop Celtic from winning ten-in-a-row and in the process, lift their first Scottish Premiership title since promotion.
On the other hand, Hamilton will be on the lookout for a breather from the onslaught they have been subjected to of late.
Their last win in the league was against Livingston back in early September, following which there has been a rapid decline, with the team now being placed at the bottom of the table.
Rangers vs Hamilton: Head-to-head record
Total matches: 28
Rangers wins: 24
Hamilton Accies wins: 2
Two early goals from Ianis Hagi and James Tavernier were enough to seal the deal for Steven Gerrard’s side at New Douglas Park back in August. The hosts had Scott McMann sent off for a second yellow card in the 76th minute, thus ending any possible opportunity of a comeback.
Rangers vs Hamilton: Team news
Steven Gerrard confirmed in his pre-match press conference on Friday that there are no fresh injury concerns as far as his side are concerned. But a few of his players are tired as they were forced to play five games in the space of 15 days, including three European fixtures.
Midfielder Scott Arfield is carrying a knock but the manager expects him to be fit for the match.
The visitors are boosted by the arrival of 26-year-old winger Nathan Thomason on a free transfer after his release from Sheffield United in the summer.
Wingers David Templeton and Kyle Munro remain in the long-term injury list, while Jamie Hamilton and Andrew Winter, who have just returned to the squad after being forced to self-isolate, remain doubtful.
Rangers vs Hamilton: Probable XI
Rangers predicted XI (4-2-3-1): Allan McGregor; James Tavernier, Connor Goldson, Leon Balogun, Borna Barisic; Scott Arfield, Ryan Jack; Ianis Hagi, Cedric Itten, Ryan Kent; Jermain Defoe
Hamilton predicted XI (4-4-2): Ryan Fulton; Lee Hodson, Hakeem Odoffin, Shaun Want, Scott McMann; Lewis Smith, Ross Callachan, Scott Martin, Reegan Mimnaugh; David Moyo, Marios Ogkmpoe
Rangers vs Hamilton: Where to watch
The match could be watched live on Rangers TV. It won’t be shown on television so the fans will have to depend on live streaming.
Rangers vs Hamilton: Prediction
In spite of the last meeting at Ibrox ending in a 1-0 win for tomorrow’s visitors, it would be wrong to put too much hope on Brian Rice’s side this time around. They have been in dismal form and things are likely to get worse when they face Rangers on Sunday.
The Gers, on the other hand, are the favourites to register a win and in the process, continue their unbeaten run.
Rangers vs Hamilton predicted scoreline: 3-0