Scottish Premiership leaders Rangers will host St. Mirren at the Ibrox Stadium. The home team is unbeaten under Giovanni van Bronckhorst and have won six matches. St. Mirren, on the other hand, have drawn two matches in a row, and their recent draw came against Celtic.
The two teams met each other in round ten of the competition. Rangers won the match by a scoreline of 2-1. Connor Ronan handed the home side a lead inside the first five minutes of the match, but Alfredo Morelos and Kemar Roofe scored a goal each towards the end of the first half to hand their side a victory.
Rangers attempted 17 shots with a 35.29% shot accuracy rate. 14 shots were attempted from inside the opposition’s penalty box. St. Mirren’s players attempted four shots, and the goal scored was the only shot on target. Rangers made 31 recoveries inside the opposition’s half, and Steven Davis made the most recoveries for the away side. The possession was 52% in favor of the Rangers.
Rangers are the highest goal-scoring team in the Scottish Premiership. They have scored 41 goals with an xG rate of 38.69. They have the second-best defense in the division and have conceded 14 goals. Rangers have attempted 342 shots and average 18 shots per match. They have managed to hit the target 128 times with a shot accuracy rate of 37.4%. 224 shots have been attempted from inside the opposition’s penalty box. Rangers have kept five clean sheets in the last five matches and have improved a lot defensively under the new manager.
Alfredo Morelos has scored seven goals and provided four assists in 17 games for the home team. James Tavernier scored a penalty in the last game to hand his side a victory. He has taken his goal-scoring tally to four and has ten assists to his name. Borna Barisic missed the last match due to injury but has returned to training. He can replace Nathan Patterson in the starting XI. Leon Balogun also returned to training but might remain on the bench for this match. There are no other injury concerns for the league leaders.
St. Mirren played out a goalless draw against Celtic in the last match. They have scored 18 goals and conceded 29 goals in return. The above viz shows that St. Mirren players attempted two shots against Celtic with a shot accuracy rate of 50%.
The xG rate of the team is 21.55 this season, and they average 1.12 xG per 90. Their xGA is on the higher side – the second-highest in the premiership. St. Mirren have an xGA of 30.90. The away team players have attempted 204 shots and average more than ten shots per match. A total of 77 shots have been on target for St. Mirren.
St. Mirren have a lot of concerns as a lot of players are infected with COVID-19. The manager recalled the youngsters from loan in the last match played against Celtic and handed a debut to a lot of players.
Rangers will look to continue their winning streak and extend their lead at the top of the table when they face St. Mirren at home. Rangers have the best goal-scoring record, and the away team has the second-worst defensive record in the division.