Motherwell vs Rangers: How to watch on TV live stream, team news, lineups & prediction

Mid-table Motherwell welcome Rangers to Fir Park in the Scottish Premiership on Sunday lunchtime.

Steven Hammell inspired the Steelmen to a strong domestic start after his appointment this summer. However, a grinding sequence of one victory from their last six matches (D1 L4) has punctured the optimism tentatively building in north Lanarkshire.

Rangers ended their 12-year wait for a Champions League goal but duly conceded seven against Liverpool in the club’s heaviest-ever home defeat on Wednesday. Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s side are just two points off the pace set by Celtic – who remain the only Premiership side to beat the Gers this season.

Here’s everything you need to know about the upcoming match.

Where can you watch Motherwell vs Rangers Highlights?

Motherwell vs Rangers H2H Results (Last Five Games)

Motherwell: 0 Wins
Rangers: 2 Wins
Draws: 3

Current Form (Last Five Games)

Motherwell: DLLWL
Rangers: WWLWL

Motherwell team news

Left-back Nathan McGinley has been laid low by a groin problem since February. The Huddersfield Town-loanee Rolando Aarons is yet to start for his new side, sitting out the previous three matches with a hamstring injury.

Jake Carroll is a long-term absentee after undergoing knee surgery. The forward Connor Shields was given his marching orders within the opening hour of Motherwell’s 1-0 defeat to Hibernian last weekend and will begin his suspension against the Gers.

Motherwell Starting 11 (4-2-3-1): Kelly; McGinn, Lamie, Johansen, Penney; Goss, Slattery; Efford, Spittal, Morris; Van Veen.
Bench: Oxborough, Connelly, Mugabi, O’Donnell, Maguire, Tierney, McKinstry, Cornelius, Moult.

Rangers team news

Adding injury to the insult of defeat, Connor Goldson was forced off against Liverpool with thigh problem which could sideline the centre-back for multiple months. Ryan Jack also limped off before the humiliation really took hold in the final half-hour.

Long-term absentees Tom Lawrence, Ianis Hagi and Nnamdi Ofoborh are continuing their gradual recovery. The defenders Filip Helander and John Souttar aren’t expected to be back in time for Sunday’s lunchtime kick-off.

Rangers Starting 11 (4-2-3-1): McGregor; Tavernier, King, Davies, Barisic; Davis, Lundstram; Sakala, Arfield, Matondo; Colak.
Bench: McLaughlin, McCrorie, Yilmaz, Kent, Sands, Morelos, Wright, Tillman, Devine.

Motherwell find themselves up against a Rangers side on the ropes after a historically catastrophic performance. As Van Bronckhorst himself admitted: “The way we played the last 25 minutes [against Liverpool], you will lose against any team.”

While the Gers remain favourites, there is a genuine chance of the Steelmen taking something out of the game, although a first top-flight victory against Rangers since 2002 is unlikely.

Prediction: Motherwell 1-2 Rangers

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Antonio Rudiger could be available for Clasico despite gruesome head injury

Real Madrid defender Antonio Rudiger has not yet been ruled out of playing in this weekend’s Clasico against Barcelona, despite suffering a gruesome head injury in the Champions League draw against Shakhtar Donetsk on Tuesday night.

Rudiger was involved in a sickening clash of heads with Shakhtar goalkeeper Anatolii Trubin that left him bleeding. He was heavily bandaged and was unable to see out of his right eye because of how much the wound swelled after being stitched up.

Marca has reported that, as of Thursday, the German international still cannot fully open his right eye. The Clasico at the Bernabeu is on Sunday and Rudiger has a chance of being available as long as he can fully open his eye by then and has no related problems with his vision.

If his eye is deemed healthy enough to take to the pitch, it is expected he would do so in a protective mask – it is said several designs will be presented to him to determine which best suits his needs.

Unsurprisingly, Rudiger is described as being keen to ‘play at all costs’.

This is Rudiger’s first season as a Real Madrid player and this would be his first Clasico.

Barcelona have struggled in the Champions League so far this season but are currently top of La Liga after dropping just two points from their eight games. The Catalans have the same number of points as Real, but a superior goal difference in the tiebreaker criteria.

Sunday’s match could see one or the other open up a three-point lead in an early title statement.

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New York Red Bulls sign MLS SuperDraft pick Matt Nocita

The New York Red Bulls have signed Matt Nocita through the end of the 2022 Major League Soccer campaign, with club options from 2023 to 2025.

He joins after being picked as the Number 7 overall by RBNY in the 2022 MLS SuperDraft. The defender previously played collegiate soccer at the United States Naval Academy, earning the title of Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year three times.

“We were really impressed with Matt in his time with the Navy,” sporting director Denis Hamlet said in a release. “We are looking forward to having Matt with us and having him help us accomplish our goals on the field.”

Nocita gives Red Bulls head coach Gerhard Struber another option at the back, alongside USMNT’s Aaron Long, Andres Reyes and Sean Nealis. 

“We have been really happy with what Matt has shown over the last month,” head coach Gerhard Struber said in a release. “We are really excited to add him to our roster.”

The team currently sit in fourth on the Eastern Conference table, pursuing their 13th consecutive MLS Cup Playoffs appearance.

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Andres Guardado reveals plans to retire from Mexican national team after World Cup

Andres Guardado revealed his intent to retire from the Mexican national team after his participation in Qatar 2022, stating “it’s my last dream, my last goal.”

The midfielder has long been a staple of El Tri, serving as a veteran and captain. He’s currently on the verge of making his World Cup appearance for Mexico, after first featuring in the 2006, 2010, 2014 and 2018 editions of the international tournament.

When he and Guillermo Ochoa make Gerardo Martinez’s final roster, the two will be the third and fourth Mexican players to reach five World Cups, alongside legends Antonio Carbajal and Rafael Marquez.

“For me, I play the World Cup and my participation in the National Team ends. It’s my last dream, my last goal, and I also don’t see it as saying, I want to go because I want to play five World Cups. No. For me it is my last chance to get something for my national team,” he said to Rondo Magazine

He first debuted with El Tri in 2005, working rapidly to make a name for himself while with Liga MX side Atlas to propel a national team career. Guardado began to feature regularly in 2007, securing Concacaf and friendly appearances, but it wasn’t until 2014 that he became a prominent figure on the international stage. 

That year, Guardado started all of Mexico’s World Cup matches, earned the captain’s armband and marked 100 appearances for the team. He continues to serve as one of the most experienced in the squad, guiding the younger generation as they plan for Qatar 2022. 

“I give you the example of the Olympics at Wembley, they said they would make a fool of themselves and they brought gold. I don’t know if it will last us that long, but I trust that we will be reinforced with everything that moves around, we will convince ourselves that we are capable and we are going to show that when we least trust is when things are achieved”, he concluded.

Mexico drew in Group C, against Argentina, Poland and Saudi Arabia in Qatar 2022 seeing a difficult, but not impossible, road to the Round of 16.

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Premier League predictions: Gameweek 4

For the first time since *checks notes* two weeks ago, the Premier League weekend begins with a team other than Manchester United at the foot of the table.

Nature is healing.

With a midweek round of fixtures and the transfer deadline on the horizon, how will the 20 top-flight sides fare heading into gameweek four?

Here are 90min’s predictions…

Southampton vs Manchester United

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Spirits are high at Man Utd / Clive Brunskill/GettyImages

Erik ten Hag’s quest to secure back-to-back wins for first time as Man Utd boss continues at Southampton in Saturday’s lunchtime kick-off.

The Red Devils have understandably been buoyed by Monday night’s win against rivals Liverpool, lifting them out of the relegation zone.

The Saints, meanwhile, have come up with two masterful escape acts in the last two weeks, taking four points from a possible six against Leeds and Leicester – but that run should end here.

Prediction: Southampton 1-2 Manchester United

Brentford vs Everton

Everton travel to Brentford still looking for their first league win of the new season.

Frank Lampard’s side ended their miserable start to the campaign with a narrow win at Fleetwood Town in the Carabao Cup in midweek, but face an altogether different task at the Gtech Community Stadium against a side who did the double over them last year.

The Bees fell to a late Aleksandar Mitrovic goal against Fulham last week, but have looked strong and brave in the post-Christian Eriksen era nonetheless.

Prediction: Brentford 1-0 Everton

Brighton & Hove Albion vs Leeds United

Brighton and Leeds’ fast starts to the new season will make their meeting at the Amex Stadium all the more intriguing.

Graham Potter has long been regarded as one of the Premier League’s brightest managers, but Jesse Marsch has shaken off his ‘Ted Lasso’ tag in recent weeks, particularly after the Whites’ impressive dismantling of Chelsea.

There won’t be too much to separate these sides, but the Seagulls should just about edge it.

Prediction: Brighton & Hove Albion 2-0 Leeds United

Chelsea vs Leicester City

Chelsea welcome Leicester to Stamford Bridge in a custody battle for Wesley Fofana. Oh, and for a football match.

Foxes boss Brendan Rodgers has confirmed that the French defender will not take part on Saturday, while his opposite number Thomas Tuchel has been banned from the touchline.

Both sides have started the season in disappointing fashion, and it should be the Blues who are the happier come teatime.

Prediction: Chelsea 2-1 Leicester City

Liverpool vs Bournemouth

90min’s Crisis Club of the Week Liverpool will look to ditch that moniker with a convincing display against Bournemouth.

All of the Reds’ deficiencies came racing to the surface on Monday at Old Trafford and Jurgen Klopp will be keen to silence their doubters.

Bournemouth face the unenviable task of facing their third ‘big six’ team in a row on their return to the top flight. When it rains it really pours, huh.

Prediction: Liverpool 2-0 Bournemouth

Manchester City vs Crystal Palace

Manchester City return to the Etihad Stadium looking to put to bed their Crystal Palace hoodoo.

The Eagles took four points off of last season’s eventual champions and have gained a reputation as City’s bogey team.

Unfortunately for Patrick Vieira, Pep Guardiola’s men are at their most ruthless just after dropping points and will have a fire inside them after drawing at Newcastle.

Prediction: Manchester City 2-1 Crystal Palace

Arsenal vs Fulham

Arsenal have a great chance to take 12 points from the opening 12 available to them this year when they welcome Fulham to the Emirates Stadium.

Marco Silva’s Cottagers have looked resilient on their return to the Premier League and notched up their first win late on against rivals Brentford last week.

But Mikel Arteta’s Gunners are in the form of their life and are showing little sign of slowing down soon.

Prediction: Arsenal 2-0 Fulham

Aston Villa vs West Ham United

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Basement club West Ham head to Aston Villa looking for their first goals and points of the Premier League season.

David Moyes’ men have navigated the play-off round of the Europa Conference League with ease but are still yet to get going domestically.

Villa haven’t started too brightly either and the pressure is already on Steven Gerrard to turn their fortunes around.

Prediction: Aston Villa 0-0 West Ham United

Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Newcastle United

Newcastle can keep their positive momentum rolling when they make the journey to Wolves on Sunday.

Eddie Howe’s charges fought tooth and nail to take a point off of Manchester City last week and will feel aggrieved that they didn’t end the match as the victors. The club-record signing of Alexander Isak will surely have helped lift the mood too.

Wolves are still struggling for goals, but they still have plenty of technical players to give the Magpies some headaches.

Prediction: Wolverhampton Wanderers 0-1 Newcastle United

Nottingham Forest vs Tottenham Hotspur

The final match of gameweek four comes from the City Ground as Nottingham Forest take on Tottenham in the Michael Dawson derby.

Steve Cooper’s hosts beat West Ham in their last home outing and it’s becoming apparent that most of their points will come Trentside this season.

Antonio Conte was defiant that Spurs have deserved the seven points they’ve chalked up already this term – that figure should be 10 by the end of the weekend.

Prediction: Nottingham Forest 0-2 Tottenham Hotspur

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