Spartans v Rangers – SWPL 1 – Match Preview
Ainslie Park, 26 June 2016, Kick-Off: 1pm.
Spartans host Rangers with both sides knowing who go into the mid-season break in fourth place. Currently, Spartans sit three points ahead of their visitors – but Rangers have the superior goal difference.
Whilst Rangers don’t look in danger of being dragged into the relegation battle, it would only take a couple of results to change that, as bottom-placed Stirling University sit six points behind them.
Spartans, of course, go into the match after producing one of the biggest results in Scottish Women’s Football for a couple of years at least when they beat Glasgow City 3-0. That means the side that had struggled away from home in the SWPL, failing to even score an away goal, have now won their past two away games 3-0.
This means they are only three points behind third-placed Celtic, but there is very little chance of them overtaking due to the contrasting goal differences.
Rangers, in truth, will be looking to end the run of results that has seen them lose their last four games, scoring just once whilst conceding 12. And that has taken the gloss off a positive start to the season, which saw them reach the Semi-Finals of the SWPL Cup and win four out of their opening six matches.
Earlier in the season, Rangers beat Spartans 1-0.