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Rangers v Aberdeen: Predictions, team news & how to watch

The first piece of silverware of the Scottish football season will be up for grabs on Sunday as Rangers and Aberdeen meet in the League Cup final at Hampden.

Rangers v Aberdeen Odds

Rangers - 2/5 
Draw - 7/2 
Aberdeen - 6/1

Rangers v Aberdeen Information

  • Where is Rangers v Aberdeen? Hampden Park, Glasgow
  • When is Rangers v Aberdeen? 15:00, Sunday 17th December
  • Where can I watch Rangers v Aberdeen? Viaplay Sports 1

Rangers v Aberdeen Predictions

Rangers to win to nil - 5/4

Both Rangers and Aberdeen  head into this cup final buoyed by eye-catching results in Europe during the week.

The Gers booked their place in the last 16 of the Europa League with a 3-2 success at Real Betis, while the Dons rounded off their Conference League campaign by seeing off Eintracht Frankfurt 2-0 at Pittodrie.

That should give both teams plenty of confidence ahead of their trip to Hampden, but it is hard to see past a Gers success, given that they have recorded 10 wins, three draws and no defeats since Philippe Clement's arrival as manager in October.

The Belgian has certainly reinstated a hard-to-beat mentality at Ibrox and the Gers have been defensively strong all season, conceding just eight goals from their 16 Scottish Premiership matches to date.

Aberdeen have scored in both their meetings with Rangers this season, but Barry Robson's side are not a team that are awash with goals, as they are barely averaging more than a goal-a-game in the league.

Recent domestic defeats to nil against Hibernian and Kilmarnock have underlined the Dons' lack of firepower in the final third and it is difficult to see them breaking down a resilient Rangers backline.

A first League Cup success since the 2010/11 season looks set to await Rangers, who are 5/4 to win the match to nil inside 90 minutes.

Abdallah Sima to score anytime - 13/8

Rangers' leading scorer this season is on-loan Brighton forward Abdallah Sima, who notched his 14th goal of the campaign during the midweek victory over Betis.

The Senegal international revealed this week that he would be keen to seal a permanent move to Ibrox and it is hard to believe the club wouldn't be interested in making that deal happen given that he has scored five goals in his last four appearances.

Sima currently boasts a record of a goal every other game in Rangers colours and he was on target in his side's 4-0 victory over Livingston in the quarter-finals of this competition.

A scorer against Aberdeen in the league in September, Sima could prove to be Rangers' biggest threat in front of goal at Hampden, and he is 13/8 to find the back of the net at the home of Scottish football on Sunday.

Rangers Team News

After a both mentally and physically absorbing encounter in Seville against Betis, it will be interesting to see if Clement freshens up his starting XI for this clash.

Kemar Roofe will certainly hope he has done enough to earn a start after coming off the bench to score the winner at the Estadio Benito Villamarin, while Rabbi Matondo is another who could come into Clement's thinking.

Nicolas Raskin, Danilo and Tom Lawrence are all expected to remain on the treatment table.

Aberdeen Team News

Dons manager Robson also has a decision to make over whether to rotate his side following their midweek efforts, with defender Angus MacDonald, who came into the team to captain the side against Frankfurt, among the players hoping to retain their places.

One player who will definitely miss out is defender Jack MacKenzie, who is suspended following his sending-off in the semi-final victory over Hibs.

Rangers v Aberdeen Stats

Rangers are yet to taste defeat following Clement's appointment as manager in mid-October, with the Gers having won 10 of their 13 matches with the Belgian at the helm.

Aberdeen are unbeaten in their two meetings with Rangers this season, following up a 3-1 success at Ibrox in September with a 1-1 draw when the two sides locked horns at Pittodrie at the end of November.

Head-to-Head

Rangers wins95*
Draws 37*
Aberdeen wins57*

* Head-to-head records since 1975

This article was written by a partner sports writer via Spotlight Sports Group. All odds displayed on this page were correct at the time of writing and are subject to withdrawal or change at any time.

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