Our prediction for this match:
All eyes will be on Ibrox Stadium when Rangers and Arsenal go head to head in a pre-season friendly. When the two teams met in a warm-up game 12 years ago Arsenal rolled over Rangers 3-0, meaning that Steven Gerrard’s troops are hungry for revenge. The Gers won the Scottish Premiership title in style last season, but they head into Saturday’s friendly following a shocking 1-0 loss to Tranmere Rovers. Steven Gerrard was very critical of his players after the match, and, no doubt, his troops will leave their hearts on the field against Arsenal.
Both Ryan Jack and Nikola Katic are sidelined with injuries for the hosts. The Gunners, on the other hand, suffered an unexpected defeat to Hibernian in their first pre-season friendly, meaning that they are eager to get back on course as well. All Smith Rowe, Pepe, Lacazette, and Bellerin should be recalled to the starting XI. Taking everything into account, both teams to score betting option should be considered.
Highlighted Player (Jon McLaughlin):
Jon McLaughlin is a goalkeeper who plays for Sunderland. The 188-cm-tall shoot-stopper played for non-League sides Harrogate Railway Athletic and Harrogate Town in the past, but in 2008 he joined Bradford City. After spending six years at Valley Parade, McLaughlin signed a contract with Burton Albion and he has been playing for the Pirelli Stadium outfit ever since.
Jon McLaughlin made 45 appearances for Burton Albion in both 2014/2015 and 2015/2016 seasons and he has established his self as the team’s first-choice goalkeeper. He was producing scintillating displays for Burton in the 2015/2016 League One campaign and, no doubt, he helped the team secure promotion to the Championship.
Jon McLaughlin was born on 9 September, 1987 in Edinburgh, but he has yet to make his debut for the Scotland national team. Speaking of his honours, the goalkeeper won the Football League Two play-offs with Bradford City in the 2012/2013 season.
Highlighted Team (Arsenal):
Arsenal are regarded as one of the best English teams. The Gunners have won 12 FA Cup trophies, 13 league titles and two League Cups, but they have yet to lift the Champions League trophy. Arsene Wenger’s team were on the verge of beating Barcelona in the Champions League final back in 2006, but they eventually failed to win the prestigious title.
Arsenal used to play their homes at Highbury, but in 2006 they moved to the Emirates Stadium. The capacity of the stadium is 60,260. The Gunners won their last Premier League trophy back in 2004, with the capital club going through the season without a single loss. The likes of Thierry Henry, Denis Bergkamp and Robert Pires were part of the team back then, but Arsenal have not won the league trophy ever since.
Arsenal was founded by Woolwich munitions workers as Dial Square back in 1886. It is well known that Tottenham Hotspur are Arsenal’s fiercest rivals and there have always been fireworks when the two local rivals meet in the North London derby.