Dundee United will welcome Rangers to Tannadice Park on Saturday for a matchday two fixture in the Scottish Premiership.
The home side come into the game on the back of a 2-0 defeat away to Aberdeen last week.
Dundee United had a poor end to their previous Premiership campaign. They failed to score in three of their last four matches.
Rangers finished off their pre-season in style. They drew against Arsenal and Brighton & Hove Albion before a 2-1 win against Real Madrid.
Rangers kickstarted their title defense with a routine 3-0 home win over Livingston.
The Scottish champions followed up this victory with a 2-1 loss away to Swedish champions Malmo in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League qualifier.
Rangers are already the early pacesetters in the table and currently lead the standings, while Dundee United are second from bottom.
Dundee United vs Rangers Predictions:
- Dundee United have lost 3 of their last 5 matches (Scottish Premiership).
- Dundee United have failed to score in 4 of their last 5 matches (Scottish Premiership).
- Dundee United have failed to score in eight of their last 12 away games.
- Rangers have won 8 of their last 9 matches against Dundee United (Scottish Premiership).
- Rangers have won by 3+ goals in their last 4 matches (Scottish Premiership).
- Rangers have won to nil in their last 3 matches (Scottish Premiership).
- Rangers have won all 14 of their home league games this season, conceding only once.
Dundee United claimed 10 victories last season, but only two of them were against sides that finished inside the top six.
Including results from the backend of last season, Rangers have only won one of their last five away matches across all competitions.
Rangers have a 44-15 advantage against Dundee United with 13 draws in 72 matches.
The two sides have clashed on 56 previous occasions and, Rangers have a superior head-to-head record. The capital side have 32 wins to their name, while 12 previous matches ended in a share of the spoils. Dundee United were victorious in 12 games.
Their most recent meeting came on 21 February 2021 when four different men got on the scoresheet for Rangers in a 4-1 victory at Ibrox.
Dundee United won four consecutive matches in the Scottish League Cup before last weekend’s defeat to Aberdeen.
Rangers have won one of their four pre-season friendlies, with that victory coming against Real Madrid. Draws were also recorded in pre-season friendlies against Premier League opposition Brighton and Arsenal.
Dundee United managed to score in two of their three fixtures against Rangers last season, but we feel that they may struggle to find the net this time around.
Rangers will have one eye firmly placed on their midweek clash with Malmo in their quest for UEFA Champions League football. However, Steven Gerrard’s side should still have too much firepower for the home side.
The visitors are unbeaten in over a year of league football and most of their success has been based on a solid defense. We are predicting a comfortable victory for Rangers.
Our prediction: Rangers win @ 1.25