Rangers may have hammered Hibs 4-0 last week in the absence of Nikica Jelavic, but the Croatian striker’s departure on Tuesday has further lowered morale at Ibrox, where Dundee United could be set to heap more misery on the beleaguered ‘Gers.
Admittedly, Ally McCoist’s men are considered strong favourites at 4/11 with BetVictor and indeed the Terrors have lost their last four matches against the Light Blues; however the last cup clash between the two saw United prevail in a replay at Tannadice, having held Rangers to a 3-3 draw away from home and there’s a chance that the hosts’ off-field worries will make them vulnerable on it.
Boylesports make Peter Houston’s charges 15/2 to cause an upset and they’re 7/2 at Blue Square to earn a replay as they did in 2010 while Paddy Power quote Dundee United at 15/8 to do either. However, punters fancying a risky flutter on the Terrors would be better served in the ‘Draw No Bet’ market, where Stan James offer them at odds of 11/2.
Even the cautious could collect a few quid as the visitors are 4/6 in Betfred’s handicaps, when kicking off with a two-goal head start, a bet that will pay even if United go down by a solitary goal.
Johnny Russell helped himself to a hat trick as Houston’s men battered Airdrie 6-2 in the previous round and the Terrors front man is 9/1 with Skybet to break the deadlock in this one. However, both teams are likely to score (evens, Ladbrokes) and United won’t necessarily grab the opener so Russell is better value at 4/1 via bet365 to find the net at any stage.
Also today, William Hill make Hearts an attractive 19/20 to book their place in the quarter final at the expense of St Johnstone at Tynecastle, where Partybets price the Jambos at 7/1 to finish on the right side of a 2-1 scoreline and Stan James quote a home win by a one-goal margin at 11/4.
Dundee United to beat Rangers ‘Draw No Bet’ – 11/2 (Stan James)